Let’s just put it out there. There are people who love to cook whether it be in a comfy style kitchen or a gourmet kitchen. All they need is some fresh ingredients, they put on some music, they probably have a funny or cool apron they wear, and they really enjoy themselves. Then, there are the people who hate to cook, could this be me (hiding my face). Cooking to them is putting a meal in the microwave for 2 minutes. That’s okay!
Gourmet Kitchens For Any Kind of Cook
However way you feel, I know you want a kitchen that you can use and that’s functional. If you love to cook that’s even better. Here are some are ideas – design or otherwise, for gourmet kitchens and people who love to cook or just need an awesome kitchen to get the job done so their family doesn’t go hungry. No matter what type of cook you are you’ll love these styles.
Professional Grade Versus Professional Functioning and Style
A lot of people goof up when they are figuring out what kinds of products to put in their kitchens. One thing you have to understand is that professional grade is going to be a professional item that a restaurant or hotel kitchen would use. Not only are they unnecessary for a home kitchen, they are really heavy and overly expensive. Instead, you could just get a professional functioning stove, griddle, fridge, oven and hood that function like they would in a professional kitchen, and they look professionally done. Usually these are in stainless steel with black trim, black accents, or black glass. But, some professional functioning and looking stoves like Viking (amazing brand!) might have other color options available for you. These are also going to be much less expensive so you don’t blow your entire budget on just appliances! Another thing to look for that should be in ANY gourmet kitchen are gas ranges. Convection cooks quicker, but people love the look and feel of a gas range (flame).
Flooring Needs – Luxury versus Necessity
I am sure everyone that loves to cook would love a big beautiful wood floored kitchen. But, these can become expensive, especially in a kitchen because of the expansive space and because you need an engineered hardwood flooring so it can stand up to all that foot traffic, spills and accidents that happen in a kitchen. One alternative is to actually look at laminated wood flooring which is super budget friendly and incredibly beautiful. Do you want oak? You got it. Do you want maple? Lets go! Do you want hickory? Its available! Make sure that you sit down and really figure out the next functioning material versus luxury and try to find a material right in between like laminate wood flooring.
Double Wide Sink / Farmhouse
There is nothing cheesier and cheaper looking in a gourmet kitchen than these two basin stainless steel sinks. Don’t do it! Invest in a well-made double wide sink. Some of the best materials include; granite, porcelain, composite, stone, etc. These are all very beautiful to look at, they are pretty easy to maintain, and they come in a lot of different texture, color, and styling options so you can really custom it to make it look good with the other aspects in your gourmet kitchen! Make sure that when you get your nice big sink you also pick accessories like colanders and knife blocks that fit into or by the sink.
A big rookie mistake but one that some experienced chefs still make is taking a really hot sauce pot and placing it on the laminate counter. Oh No! If you are a rookie, you begin to smell something, hear bubbling, cracking, etc. If you are an experienced chef you probably let out an “oh crap” and tried to remove it quickly, but it’s too late folks. You just placed a hot-pot on a material where you shouldn’t be doing that! Any real Chef or cook is going to have counter tops that can withstand anything, even a hot-pot. Make sure that you use materials like porcelain, natural stone, stainless steel and even wood for your countertops. Even if it means spending a little extra, do it! You will also find that these materials tend to be easier to clean up and maintain and they are pretty hygienic too. The same rule goes for kitchen islands, use materials that are easy to clean, look pretty, are effective against heat and look amazingly good!
Open Functional Floor Plans
A gourmet kitchen isn’t only beautiful its functional. If you like to move around or like to cook with your mate, make sure that when it comes down to planning the work triangle that you make enough remove between the fridge, the range, and the sink so you or you and they can move around the kitchen freely without bumping into things, or each other! If you don’t like the idea of a triangle, at least consider work zones for your layout so that there is a “space” for every “function.”
What would your dream kitchen be? Do your prefer a down home feel or would you want a gourmet kitchen?