Everyone knows the kitchen sells the house. Homes with well-designed culinary spaces are in demand with buyers of all types, whether they like to cook or not.

For some new year's inspiration, BUILDER presents five of the freshest, most design-forward kitchens from across the country. Click on the headlines below for more about each one.

Paul Crosby Architectural Photography
Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

Tiny Kitchen Brims with Big Ideas

Clever design helps a petite Des Moines kitchen live large.

Innovative Work Triangle Keeps Large Kitchen Efficient

Stunning views take center stage in a British Columbia kitchen.

Raymond Goodman

North Carolina Kitchen Facilitates Family Interaction

Sophisticated design touches balance a kid-friendly layout in a contemporary Raleigh home.

Mike Schwartz

Light and Bright Chicago Kitchen Serves Up Artful Design

This open, modern space is a contrasting and complementary addition to an early 1900s greystone.

Paul Dyer

Open California Kitchen is Built to Entertain

San Francisco-based Feldman Architecture devised a clean design that favors functionality over extravagance.