If there’s a chef in your family, or someone who loves food and cooking, then you’ll want to know about these gourmet touches that you can include in your next kitchen remodeling project.
If you’re doing a lot of cooking, you need lots of prep area and if your specialty is baking, then you definitely need lots of counter space for your pastries. Large kitchen islands and peninsulas are great for adding workspace and in a gourmet kitchen you would think about including high end countertops such as granite, quartz, stainless steel or a manufactured product like Corian.
Custom kitchen cabinetry can be designed with special drawers for knives, cooking utensils, flatware and spices. Plus, the island is a great place for oversized drawers for storing your large pots, pans and baking sheets. Built-in trash pull-outs can be conveniently placed near your work area, as can a recycling and compost station.
Good lighting is imperative in any kitchen, particularly a kitchen that is used on a regular basis. Overall lighting for the room is important, but you’ll also want to have task lighting over work areas such as the island, stove and sink. Under cabinet lighting can also help eliminate shadows on your work surfaces.
Ask any professional chef and they’ll tell you that, in addition to talent and the love of food, having the right appliances in the kitchen is imperative. Today, the average homeowner has access to professional grade appliances in many specialty stores.
If you’re cooking for large groups, an oversized stove with extra burners is ideal. Gas stoves are the preference since you can control the temperature in an instant. You will want an oversized hood fan above the stove to vent out extra humidity and odors. Your range and oven can be one-piece or two if you choose a wall-oven. Double ovens are common in the foodies’ kitchen or a single oven with a warming drawer is a great option for the times when you have multiple dishes on the go.
Consider a large professional sink and faucet to make cleaning up after your home chef an easier task. Some people have a small sink installed in the island or even put in a faucet next to the stove for filling large pots to boil water.
As with all things, refrigerators can be found in all shapes, sizes and finishes. Choose the right one for your needs; a family of two probably doesn’t need an extra large built-in fridge that can hold enough food for a team of ravenous teenaged football players. If you do a lot of entertaining, you may also want to include a wine refrigerator to your kitchen.
This is a starting point. Anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen will have ideas of what their perfect kitchen design would be. And while these may be elements of the home chef’s dream kitchen, they are not inexpensive. If you’re undertaking a kitchen remodeling on a budget, you can still be inspired by what you’ve read and create your perfect gourmet kitchen.