Create some space and increase organization. That is on the top of the list of 2018 kitchen updates.
According to experts at Houzz and their 2018 Kitchen Trends Study, creating space for adequate storage is one of the most important features in updating kitchens as well as the needs for space to work, play, live, entertain and clean. In locations, such as Sunriver, homeowners are gravitating toward kitchens with open space that blend with living areas as well as upgrades such as pull-out waste and recycling baskets, baking sheet organizers, drawer organizers, revolving corner trays and pull-out trays and shelves.
Countertops are also at the top of the upgrade list. Although easy-to-clean and durable granite countertops are still highly sought after, engineered quartz countertops are gaining popularity. Flooring materials that top today's list include engineered wood and laminate in addition to hardwood flooring.
The color trend of kitchens is shifting from warm woods to bright and light white. In Sunriver, many homeowners blend the two for a fresh and modern take on mountain and forest living. Don't forget about cabinet doors. Shaker-style cabinets are most popular as well as flat-panel and raised-panel doors.
Kitchen tech is also on the rise. Wireless and voice-activated appliances and devices such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home are being brought into the home.
Each year, a special holiday party is held. The guests are families in need who have been identified by family advocates in Central Oregon. On Saturday, Dec. 10, 2017 several Sunriver Realty brokers volunteered for the 16th annual event.
The event offers a buffet holiday meal, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, family photos, toys, hats and scarves for children, hay rides, visits with the Sunriver Fire and Police departments and an ice cream sundae bar. Parents and guardians also receive gift cards for groceries. The event is also an opportunity for families to set aside their troubles and concerns and share the wonder and magic of the season with one another.
If you would like to learn more about Wonderland Express, call 541-593-4405 or visit wonderlandexpress.org.
Wonderland Express is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible (tax id # 20-0036466) with 100% of the funds raised going directly toward the event.