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Traditionally a man cave is viewed as a place where men go to unwind and relax.  It’s a den where they spend their time watching football, playing pool and sipping on a cold beer to escape from the hustle and bustle of the work day.  However, times are changing, roles are adapting and a man’s cave is quickly relocating upstairs, to the kitchen.

It comes as no surprise that the home-cooking market has made significant gains over the past few years. Social media has stimulated the flood of the foodie culture.  From YouTube cooking videos to Instagram snaps, food has become the pinnacle staple for social media users, for both women and men alike.

The Facts Behind the Findings

A study done by the National Kitchen and Bath Association showed that clean-lined style is going to be the top trend in 2016.  Kitchens are shifting to be tailored, streamlined and masculine since men are becoming extra-participatory in the design of their kitchens.  We are approaching a societal modification; men want to pierce the silence when it comes to the home food factory.

Both married and single men cook more than their forefathers did, according to a Michigan State University study, men born between 1961 and 1981 cook approximately eight meals a week.  That number is only expected to increase.

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Influencers of the Cave Change

The home-cooking market has become alluring, and the catalyst is none other than reality foodie shows, like ‘You Gotta Eat Here’, ‘Chopped’ and ‘Hells Kitchen’.  The macho male hosts are connoisseurs, and a whopping 46% of viewers are men!  Foodie television shows have influenced food preparation and now convey individualism, self-mastery, strength and competitiveness.  Cooking is becoming a compelling activity for men.  With the influx of dual-income families and societal changes, there is a shift from old-fashioned household ‘roles’ to a more sharing atmosphere, where both men and women share the duties, and also the opinions.

Kitchen Cave Must-Haves

TV chefs, like Guy Fieri, are influencing open-plan kitchens which promote not only a command station but also a performance venue for guests. 

Below is a breakdown of what’s in for kitchen design in 2016:

Sophisticated and Crisp Faucets Simple faucets with strong personalities are the new show stoppers.  Try the American Standard Colony Soft Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet for a polished chrome look.  If you are looking for a more sleek design why not try the Moen Level One-Handle High Arc Pulldown Kitchen Faucet.

Bold Colours We don’t just mean bold colours for your walls like reds and greys, which are the new wall colour trends.  Try adding kitchen fixtures with unique designs and colours into your renovation plans.  One new product coming this Spring is the Blanco IKON Apron Front Sink.  It is sure to sell out fast with its durable design, unique colours and quality silgranit materials.

Electronics Wireless sound systems and televisions in the kitchen allow you to replicate TV chef-inspired meals and set the cooking mood in the comfort of your own home.

A Second Deep Sink Having a second sink is essential for those big kitchen projects.  You can rinse veggies and wash dishes with lots of room to spare.  Looking for a stainless steel option?  Check out the FRANKE Undermount Techna Double Sink.  This sink will make any mans jaw drop in awe.  Capture4

Raised Countertops For those tall men out there.  Not all countertops need to be raised, but one is necessary to keep those neck knots away and make satisfaction stay!

Tough Surfaces Engineered stone products are a great investment because they are something that will not break, stain or scratch easily.  Try using quartz, granite or marble if you want to have exceptional countertops forever.

Garburators  An in-sink garbage disposal not only saves time and energy but it’s also eco-friendly!  You can focus solely on preparing your feast without worrying about unclogging your sink part way through.  The Kindrid Collection has some fantastic options, including the Continuous Feed Waste Disposer.

So yes, guys are shaping kitchen design.  The kitchen is quickly becoming the new man cave.  We have the foodie culture to thank for making home-cooking more appealing to everyone!  Are you interested in a product mentioned in this article?  Stop by a Splashes Bath & Kitchen Showroom in your neighborhood to see what quality products you can get for that fresh new kitchen renovation project.  Now go ahead, fry some bacon in your new man cave!

What NOT to waste your money on in the Kitchen

 

You've scoured the home magazines and are set on a design. After a few months, you realize that your "perfect kitchen" is full of flaws! Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. Here's our experts' opinion on what you can do to save some money in your kitchen reno or update.

 

Short Cabinets

That space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling is either going to collect dust or clutter, or both. Installing cabinets that go to the ceiling will eliminate the need for that extra-long dusting wand, and give you more space to store that hot-dog maker the kids never use anymore. 

 

Cheap Cabinets

Speaking of cabinets, installing cheap ones will end up costing you more in the long run. Sure, they look nice, but cheaply made cabinets will show wear and tear under quicker under heavy use. Instead of replacing your current ones, try freshening up the current set with new paint or hardware. 

 

Dim Lighting

Accent lights can be great eye-catchers, but your kitchen is lacking other light sources, your pretty pendants will soon become a pain. Instead of splurging on a few statement fixtures, spread your money around! Installing a dimmer and including some under-the-counter lighting will make better use of your dollars. 

 

Major Remodel

You may not need to rip your kitchen down to the studs. No, really. You can save dollars and your sanity by opting out of tearing your most-used room apart. Simply adding a new sink and faucet, and painting something can save a major headache.

 

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