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High Tech Features Boost Kitchen Design

by Allison E. Beatty
KitchensAndCabinets.com Columnist
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If you're tired of living in a house that's wired for the 1950s, consider adding some high tech features. There are several projects to consider as you update your kitchen design with cabinet refacing.

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Kitchen Remodeling For Sound

The kitchen has become the hub of the home, the place where people gather and entertain. As you plan a cabinet refacing project to spruce up your kitchen design, consider a few sensory improvements. Among the options are:
  • Surround sound. This type of kitchen wiring adds a music system throughout the kitchen, family room, breakfast room, and dining room. As party guests admire your new kitchen design, they can be treated to the latest jazz music.
  • Kitchen lighting. Your lights also can be programmed to come on in several rooms at once. With the touch of a control panel, you can shift lights in several places:
    • Under the cabinets, to add a soft look to your countertop.
    • Over the island, to signal that the food has arrived.
    • In the dining room, as everyone sits down for the meal.

High Tech Kitchen Appliances

Many kitchen appliances are designed with computerized features such as:
  • Memory features that allow you to program your favorite recipes into memory.
  • "Delayed start" features, so your dishwasher starts after you've gone to bed.
  • Refrigerators with electronic barcode scanners keep track of your grocery orders and send you an email when you're low on margarine.

Add a Television to Your Kitchen Design

The days of the 12-inch black and white television in the kitchen are gone. Today's kitchen designs feature a range of high tech options, including:
  • Plasma televisions that create a focal point on a wall.
  • Televisions that fold down from under a kitchen cabinet.
  • Televisions that are suspended from a corner of the ceiling.

There are many ways to add some high tech features to your kitchen design. During a cabinet refacing, put some thought into how you use the space and which electronic gizmos would fit your lifestyle.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.

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