Cooking gourmet meals at home for your family or a festive gathering can be great fun. It is most satisfying when the kitchen effectively serves your needs and is lovely to work within. There are lots of useful options to consider, and a skilled kitchen designer can help you leverage the flexibility of every detail.
Customized for You
While there are many standards in the industry, such as counter height and appliance placement, it is much more advantageous to have each feature customized for you. The entire kitchen can be designed specifically for how you cook, with everything easily at hand but just as easily out of sight after use.
A pantry should have adequate storage space to accommodate stocking the shelves. A pass-through at counter height allows quick gathering of ingredients between the pantry and kitchen and eliminates time spent walking back and forth. Frequent entertainers will benefit from a service pantry replete with food storage and secondary prep and cooking areas – a brilliant way to prepare food for parties without cluttering the kitchen and gives caterers an out-of-the-way place to work.
There is an abundance of high-end appliances available. Think through where you want them placed relative to one another and how you use each station. Will one oversized island work, or would you prefer two? Don’t forget to consider seating. Will you make a show of cooking while entertaining?
Have counters and appliances built to suit your height and reach. Plan lighting for each station – properly angled task-lighting for food prep and cooking areas, and softer lights for dining areas. Be savvy about kitchen real estate. Don’t waste money or square footage on things you know you will not use.
The Gourmet Kitchen options are nearly endless. Go for the biggest sink that makes sense and a touchless faucet. Add a prep sink for rinsing vegetables, safe from food-contaminated cookware. A teppanyaki-style griddle will showcase culinary flair and is easy to clean. Boiling is easier with a pot filler at the stove. Consider a Salamander to keep dishes warm. Make post-party clean-up easy with double dishwashers and your Thanksgiving feast or party a breeze with a double oven.
Of course, sometimes you only want a cup of coffee and a slice of toast, and your kitchen, though capable of so much more, can beautifully support simplicity as well. Design and build a handsome gourmet chef’s kitchen you can enjoy working in for years.
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