All homeowners who cook need a beautiful kitchen that provides them with the tools to efficiently and effectively prepare meals. Having top level appliances, the correct layout, the right counter surfaces, deep sinks, and plenty of storage is essential. In the real estate world we use terms like “gourmet kitchen” to describe a kitchen that has easy to maintain surfaces and an abundant amount of storage that a “chef” would incorporate in their kitchen. These professional tools will make your kitchen a realm of “culinary magic”.
1. Lighting – Having the right lighting in your kitchen is important. The best kitchens have adequate lighting in the food prep areas and modern pendent lighting over the kitchen eating areas. Recessed lighting is popular as it effectively brightens your entire kitchen.
2. Kitchen Layout – Homeowners that enjoy cooking and being involved with friends and family prefer open kitchen layouts. Kitchen layouts that flow into family and entertainment areas are chosen. Having multiple food prep areas allow for multiple “chefs” in the house. Consider a kitchen island or dual sinks.
3. Counter Surfaces – If you plan on spending time in the kitchen, it is essential to invest in surfaces that will not scratch if cut on, not be stained easily, and not be burned if a hot pan or bowl of hot food is placed on them. Durable surfaces such as granite and quartz that will withstand the normal wear of cooking are typically chosen for kitchen counter surfaces.
4. Appliances – Professional level appliances provide added features that make it worth the extra money. For example, professional-grade refrigerators often allow the owner to keep multiple temperatures for separate food storage compartments to keep food the freshest. Stainless steel appliances and appliances that are hidden with matching cabinet doors are still popular.
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