9. Know that a kitchen is more than just a place to cook.
When architect Kori Chan of Proscenium Architecture and Interiors began working with his clients on designing their dream home, it was clear that the design of the space itself was far more important to them than flashy appliances or marble counters. So the budget went into creating an airy open-concept design, complete with 11-foot ceilings and Slung doors that open the room right out to the backyard. “When you have parties, people tend to congregate in the kitchen and eating area,” says Chan. “And here they can move up to the living room or outside to the porch, or outside to the grass—it’s really one big area.”