When it comes to creating delicious meals in your own kitchen, you could do it with limited space, dark lighting and minimal tools. It might take you longer, but you can do it.
If you are a foodie and you specialize in making dishes that are well received by family and friends, you don’t want to deal with a bad layout in your kitchen. You want everything you need for food prep at the ready so you can focus on mixing ingredients for a delectable finished product. What you need is a functional kitchen.
Many resale homeowners are limited in how many changes they can make in a kitchen. It might be a space issue, or pipe and vent limitations determining where different appliances must go. But when you build a new home, there are ways to make your new kitchen design a more functional and organized place so you can easily – and happily – cook anything you want.
A sink space that does almost everything – The sink is one of three main activity areas in the kitchen, with the counter space and the stove rounding out the trifecta. You need the sink for cleaning food items, washing your hands, filling pots with water and washing dishes. True foodies know the right faucet can quickly cut down on kitchen prep time.
Pull-out drawers – Ingredients and cooking utensils need to be quickly accessible to keep your true foodie genius going at full speed. Having to bend down or get on your hands and knees to find an ingredient in the back of the cupboard is a big road block. Pull-out drawers allow you to quickly find everything you need and get back to the project you’re working on. You can quickly reach the pan that is located in the far back corner of the drawer to saute onions and garlic.
Use the island space – Kitchen islands are great for providing home chefs with space. It can include an extra sink, the stovetop, garbage containers, extra storage shelves, and last – but not least – good counter workspace. When designing your island, allow it to become the space that does everything you’ve always said you wanted. For example, if you have two chefs in the house and are always jockeying for space in front of the sink, add a second prep sink to the island. If counter space is a premium, consider leaving it wide open, or putting the stove there so you have counter space by the sink or refrigerator available instead.
With a functional kitchen arrangement and extra accessories near your sink area, the home chef in your family will have no difficulty blending, chopping, roasting, sauteing or kneading those family-favorite meals you enjoy.