"Kitchens are becoming larger," says John Tisdel, president of John Tisdel Distributing of Mason, Ohio.
"Homeowners now want them to be a statement about lifestyle, while putting components where they're most needed."In some kitchens, that can mean two or three islands, or two or three dishwashers."Many of the kitchens now are 20' x 20', "Tisdel
says."And in a 10,000 to 12,000 square foot home, the kitchen can be as large as 900 square feet."Why the larger kitchens?"The kitchen is where people focus," according to Tisdel
."It is a natural gathering spot.Those who want that kitchen space to reflect a living space, will choose integrated appliances."The Sub-Zero line is the featured refrigreator brand in the Tisdel displays.With cabinet doors and drawers, the refrigerator and freezer sections blend seamlessly into the rest of the kitchen.But subtlety isn't everyone's idea for a kitchen."There are those who want to make a statement by being very noticeable," says Tisdel
.For them, matching stainless steel appliances remain popular.And almost every design features built-in appliances."Designers like built-in-it gives you flexibility in the kitchen design, especially in installing refrigerators." Also more popular are wine storage systems, which now make up about 20% of Tisdel's
business.With stylish cabinets, wine storage isn't limited to a corner of the basement or an out-of-the-way hall closet anymore."Many of these units are going in kitchen areas," says Tisdel
."Many of them are built to coordinate with the refrigerator.Sizes of wine storage systems can be as large as a 139 bottle unit, to an under the counter unit that can hold 46 bottles with separate temperature controls to chill your white wine, while keeping the reds at a more drinkable temperatures. The bottom line, according to Tisdel
, is to have your home reflect your lifestyle and your needs.It's a trend Tisdel has seen develop in his
17 years in the high-end appliance business."A recent survey showed that 82% of those polled said the best aspect of their life is their home," Tisdel
says."It's your retreat, it's where you recharge your batteries.And the kitchen is gaining momentum as the focus of the home." John Tisdel
Distributing covers a six-state area throughout the Midwest.