Today’s kitchens require considerable attention to details by general contractors and remodelers when it comes to planning and installing a kitchen.

Here are a few details to consider:

Homeowners may want niche items such as a swing-out pot filler faucet on the wall next to the stove, and the flexibility of two drawer-type dishwashers instead of a single large dishwasher; double ovens, wine chillers and specialty refrigerators.

There is a trend toward entertaining or being entertained while you’re cooking, and this has caused layouts to change; opening up the kitchen to the dining area or living room. There is an emphasis on islands as a center for baking or food preparation or as a serving-buffet area. Flat screen TVs are being appropriated for the kitchen, and hiding them behind slide out panels integrated into the cabinetry or wall is popular.

Some clients are looking for a unique kitchen design; specialty countertop materials can supply the uniqueness desired; as will embellishes such as granite inlays or ornate tile in the backsplash.

Don’t forget dramatic light fixtures and undercounter and task lighting. These can be selected with an eye to creating a focal point.