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Ready For a Refreshed Kitchen?

Property Brothers say think comfort and tech

Video: Kitchen Remodel Tips for Your Forever Home With the Property Brothers

The kitchen is typically the heart of the home and the area that gets the most use. You’ll want cabinets that are easy to reach (install pull-out shelves in existing units or lazy Susans in corner cabinets). Sensor-style faucets and trash cans operate with the wave of a hand. D-shaped drawer pulls, rather than knobs, are easier on the hands. Stoves with cooktop controls near the front mean you don’t have to reach over hot surfaces to adjust the gauges.

Ambience matters, too. “A kitchen is a place for get-togethers and talk and family meals,” says Jonathan, who recommends making the kitchen as cozy as it is useful. “A little nonslip rug with a pad underneath is better than having slick tile everywhere,” he says. Adds brother Drew: “Having counters at different heights lets every member of the family — from grandkids to grandparents — work at their own level.”

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Finally, think about updating your kitchen tech. Refrigerators now come with cameras you can monitor from the store to remember if you need more milk. Microwave ovens are available with voice-control features. And digital assistants let you skip cooking and summon dinner with a simple, “Hey, Siri. Order me a pizza.”      

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