When you picture your dream condo, what do you see? It probably has lots of natural light, a spacious balcony, and plenty of room to entertain, right? Of course, that’s not all it needs. It also needs a modern kitchen with all the best amenities. You’ll want counter space for food prep, great range, and lots of lighting that won’t wash the room out but will shed plenty of light on your work.
Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect condo in New York, or you’re getting ready to remodel your current condo’s kitchen, there are a few details you won’t want to miss. Check out these must-haves for every modern condo kitchen.
No matter how much natural light your condo has, you still won’t be able to see what you’re doing if you get home late from work or if you want to cook and prep for a dinner party later in the evening. That’s why under-cabinet lighting is a huge asset in any modern kitchen in New York. It sheds light directly on the counter, where you need it, without that sterile, washed-out look you’d get from turning on one big, fluorescent overhead light.
Marble or Quartz Counter Tops
Speaking of your counters, they’re a very important detail of any modern kitchen. Everyone loves marble countertops, as they’re durable, gorgeous, and easy to clean. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative without losing the luxury and class of marble, though, you might want to look into quartz. Synthetic quartz countertops come in a range of styles and levels of quality, so be sure to choose one that actually looks and feels like marble for your kitchen.
A Built-In Grill
Everyone knows that gas range stoves give more even heat and produce better results in the kitchen. We also know how delicious meats are when they’re cooked directly on a grill. Living in New York, you may have given up on grilling your meats (unless you live in a condo with community grills), but you really don’t have to. In fact, you can get that same smoky, delicious taste right in your kitchen. More and more people are opting for gas range stoves with a built-in grill so they can “grill out” right in their kitchens.
Separate Stovetop and Oven
Traditionally, ovens and stovetops are part of the same appliance, but that’s really not necessary – and it can take up a lot of space that you don’t want to waste. Instead, a lot of condo owners in New York are opting to put their stovetops on their island counters and then working their ovens into a wall of cabinets and drawers, along with the dishwasher and microwave. This arrangement makes it easier to work in your kitchen, saves space, and it’s stylish, too.
Deep Drawers for Pots and Pans
If you’ve ever found yourself digging under the counter to find just the right pot or pan, you know how annoying it can be to keep your large and small pots, pans, and lids in a cabinet. Everything seems to get jumbled, and you’re constantly working to keep order. Instead, with one or two deep drawers on the lower half of your kitchen counter or island, you can get a much more organized and tidy setup without all the work.
These are our favorite modern updates that can make any condo’s kitchen more functional and attractive, but what do you think? Would you add some or all of these must-haves to your modern condo kitchen? And which other details are absolutely essential to creating the perfect kitchen for your home?