If you go

What: Dream Kitchens Tour

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday,

Noon-4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Eight kitchens in Boulder

Cost: $20

Info: ihadboulder.org

What could be nicer than having someone invite you into their kitchen and give you a lovely salad or a warm cookie?

So it won’t be dinner with Mom or your best friend this weekend, but that will be kind of obvious. It’s not that likely you have many friends or family members with kitchens like these.

This kitchen, circa 1923, was an original farmhouse kitchen in a home on Hawthorn Avenue in Boulder. Elements such as a farmhouse sink help keep the space

This kitchen, circa 1923, was an original farmhouse kitchen in a home on Hawthorn Avenue in Boulder. Elements such as a farmhouse sink help keep the space true to its roots. (Courtesy photo)

On Saturday and Sunday the I Have a Dream nonprofit, which helps at-risk youths complete their educations, will offer its annual Dream Kitchens Tour. The event allows you to take a peek into eight kitchens that range from traditional to modern. In addition, seminars that deal with starting a remodeling job, kitchen trends and countertop options will be on tap, as well as nibbles to sustain you along the way.

Last year the tour drew about 500 participants over two days and raised $12,000 for IHAD, says the group’s executive director, Lori Canova. In addition to the chance to talk with architects and designers, some of the “dreamers” will be available to talk about the organization if tour participants desire.

Canova says one of her favorite kitchens on the tour is a 1920s farmhouse.

“It was one of the original farmhouses in Boulder,” she says. “They kept a lot of feel for the home when they updated. It’s nice to have that home on the tour.”

Similarly, she likes a mid-century home on the tour that also was able to add modern must-haves without losing its essential character.

Diane White, owner of Studio3 Kitchen, Bath Interiors and one of the sponsors of the tour, is responsible for setting up the seminars.

She says they could be a big help for those considering a remodel. Countertops, for example, which can be one of the larger expenses, are covered.

“(We’re seeing) a lot of new surfaces besides granite,” she says. “Quartz materials are very popular, and concrete is coming on strong.”

That’s especially true in the more modern-style kitchens that are in high demand in Boulder. Also popular are large format tiles — some as big as 24 inches square, which allow people to get a close-to-seamless look at a lower price.

Other trends include an increase in technology. One house on the tour, for example, uses sensors to open drawers and doors. USB ports are almost standard in kitchens now, and White foresees a decline in shelving for cookbooks.

“The next generation coming up … is growing up on books on the iPad,” she says.

Other features that remain popular are microwave drawers and steam ovens, White adds.

While modern is big in Boulder, White says she still does kitchens in both English and French country styles.

“It’s like the fashion business: Whatever fits the client’s personality,” she says.

Cindy Sutter: 303-473-1335, sutterc@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/cindy_sutter

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