There is a barebones kitchen, for the person who just needs a place to boil some water or use the microwave oven. And then there is the deluxe kitchen, for the person who cooks well–and needs a place to whip up her gourmet recipes. This gourmet kitchen is for the person who considers cooking to be one of her life’s passions. Here are some suggestions for creating a truly gourmet kitchen design.
1) Make a Food Preparation Zone. The gourmet kitchen should have special knife drawers with tools that keep the knives sharp and straight. This preparation zone should also include cutting boards which come out and then disappear into the cabinets when you’re done with them. A marble countertop in this area will help eliminate any problem with growing bacteria.
2) A good gourmet kitchen includes a special cooking zone. Rather than having a freestanding range, this means including separate ovens, as well as a selection of base cabinets, tall cabinets, and cabinets that have special pull-out units.
3) In addition, the gourmet kitchen has a baking zone. A good baking zone has counters that are at a lower level than other counters. This makes the counter ideal for kneading bread. The baking zone can also include special tiered cabinets, box cabinets, and cake decorating kits.
4) Often, a gourmet kitchen has specific storage zones. This takes the place of the general-purpose pantry which stores everything in one area. Specific storage zones store only specific things. For instance, the breakfast storage zone stores only cereals, pancake mixes, syrups, etc. A lunch center just has lunch-related items, and so on.
5) Some gourmet kitchens incorporate a wet bar. This serves as a transition zone between the food prep and serving areas. You can build wine racks right into the counters.
6) And finally, you should include a meal planning zone. This would include built-in bookshelves for recipes, as well as appliances such as a microwave, dishwasher, and so on. You’ll probably want to have things such as microwave-safe dishes, spatulas, and potholders in this area, too.
In keeping with the design element, make sure that everything in each of these zones looks good with all of the other zones, and that there is minimal clashing in color and style. In this way, you’ll have a kitchen that is the ultimate in both functionality and in modern home design.