Designing a Chef’s Kitchen

You love to cook. Whether your sous chef is your teenager or a hired professional, chances are you’ll ample space to properly prepare those gourmet meals.

Start your space planning layout by considering the distance between your workspace, the sink, and garbage area. Keep it to a minimum and you’ll save a lot of time prepping and cleaning.

The centerpiece of any kitchen for the serious cook is the range and stovetop. If you can, choose gas for its enhanced cooking ability. Look for multiple gas burners with continuous grates over the top. Get fancy with dual or triple ovens, a custom ventilation hood, smart tops and griddle plates.

As you make plans for your new kitchen, you’ll want to ensure it’s designed for easy access to all your tools. Designate a place, wall-mounted or hanging, for pots and pans, utensils and appliances. Consider installing hidden outlets below your upper cabinets for an extra modern look. And remember to include a handy space for all your cookbooks.

Installing a new sink? Consider a hands-free faucet or add a sprayer to your existing faucet.

You’ll want a generous countertop or island with ample task lighting to prep and serve. Of course, access to natural light from a window or skylight is ideal. If you bake a lot, choose a marble countertop. The surface stays cool and it’s easy to work with pastry.

Your countertop is also a place to entertain. If you have the space, add a second counter just for guests.

Consider a designated bar area for coffee or wine. Incorporate bar-height cabinets into your island design to store wine and small appliances.

Choosing wood flooring is especially comfortable on the feet, more so than tiling or stone.

Now it’s time to choose the perfect cabinets for your new chef’s kitchen!


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