Everyone has a hobby, right? Your hobby happens to revolve around food, and boy, do others reap the benefits of it! You enjoy cooking, and probably enjoy cooking for others, delighting in the ooh’s and aah’s of the crowd. Trying to cook in a less than stellar kitchen can be stressful and disenchanting though, so we’ve put together some tips on how to design the ultimate Chef’s Kitchen.
To start, think about the appliances and work surfaces you would like to have. Do you prefer stainless steel over butcher’s block? Maybe granite over silestone? Think about the size of the appliances and what special accommodations they may need; a special brick oven, or a sub-zero refrigerator? What is your top priority, and what fits into your budget? Once you’ve determined these items, you can build your space around it.
Now consider the space you have. Space is everything for a chef, and counter space is at the top of that list. If you don’t have a ton of space, consider how you can use the space you do have by controlling clutter, creative organizing, and accessible tools of the kitchen.
Consider the chef’s triangle when planning your space. You should be able to seamlessly move from fridge, to stove, to sink, to trashcan. Once you’ve determined what you would like, how you would like it laid out, select the lighting you will need to help you plan the perfect kitchen.
Once lighting, countertops, useable cabinets, and a great workflow are established, it’s time to move to floors. The flooring you choose have an impact on the comfort and ease of cleaning and maintenance. Wood floors seem like a natural choice and are fairly comfortable underfoot than tile or stone. If your kitchen sees a lot of water though, it may not be a good fit.
Durable flooring like luxury vinyl tile and ceramic tiles look nice, but are cold to the touch. If this isn’t a problem for you, these are viable options for flooring and design as they are both quite simple to maintain and do better than wood with moisture.
If you choose to go with planks, choose planks that are at least 8” wide. The size of the seams are minimal and make it more difficult to collect dust, dirt, or other bi-products of cooking in between the boards.
Ask one of our designers to help you through each step and process to create the ultimate kitchen! Put as much love and care into your kitchen as you do in one of your signature dishes-your guests will not be disappointed!