How to Create a Kitchen Design Fit for a Foodie
If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking up a storm, you probably have more than a few ideas about its design. With a little thought and your experience, you can design a kitchen that will let you create the perfect hollandaise without a hitch.
Here are the top five things every foodie should plan for in his or her kitchen.
1. Plan for Plentiful Ventilation
All that roasted garlic was great for last night’s dinner, but it’s just gross when the smells linger 24 hours later. What you need is ventilation and plenty of it. A heavy-duty range hood vented to the outdoors is a great investment for a foodie.
The key feature of your vent hood is the CFM, or cubic feet per minute. That’s how quickly the vent can remove the air in a room. A vent with a 1000 CFM rating will remove the air in a 10 x 10 x 10 room in about one minute. The bigger the CFM rating doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. Once the air in the 10 x 10 room is removed, the vent loses suction (unless you open a window). Have your room dimension handy when you’re shopping for hoods so you get one that is effective for your space.
Keep in mind the type of range you have as you shop. Electric ranges don’t dispel as much heat into a room as a gas range does. That means a gas range needs a more powerful vent than an electric range does.
2. Double Up on Appliances
The kitchen is the place where two are almost always better than one. Two sinks, two garbage disposals, two dishwashers, two ovens . . .
If you’re into entertaining, doubling up might even be necessary. You certainly don’t want to be washing dishes after the salad course or delaying the main course because there was a backup at the oven.
Having two of your most used appliances allow you to multi-task in the kitchen with finesse. It lets you enjoy entertaining instead of bustling about.
3. Go for Easy Cleanup
You want to spend your time cooking, not cleaning up. Select surfaces that are easy to take care of and can stand up to your demands: heat resistant, scratch resistant, and look good even with heavy use.
Solid surfaces eliminate joints that trap grime and are difficult to clean. Consider a quartz composite solid surface or similarly tough material.
Kitchen backsplash tile is easy to clean so why not use it all over the kitchen rather than just on the backsplash? Create a custom mosaic or select a durable and trendy wall tile.
4. Choose the Perfect Faucet
You use the sink and faucet almost constantly. Don’t sell yourself short; pick the one you really want. Get something powerful like a soaker and make sure you can fit your largest pot under it easily.
Look for other features like multi-spray options that don’t turn off when the water does or a flexible head that reaches every nook and cranny of your big sink.
5. Create Custom Storage
It’s your kitchen. Design custom features into it that suit your work style. Take the knives out of the butcher block and put them in a drawer in accessible, flat format. Install vertical pull-out cabinets to hang your pots in or a separate shallow drawer for your pot lids. No more stacks, just easy-to-get-to, easy-to-put-away storage.
If you kitchen is smaller than you would like, you don’t have to just deal with it. Get some rolling cabinets that fit under your counter that you can pull out when you need a bit more work space.