Love tuning in to shows like Chopped, Top Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen, but find yourself getting kitchen envy?
You might not be able to afford a $12,000 open range stove (or maybe you can?), but there are definitely some easy improvements you can make to give the chef in your home an awesome place to play!
Here are three kitchen renovations perfect for creating a chef-friendly kitchen.
Kitchen Zones Are the Way To Go
In professional kitchens, there’s a designated place for every task: from dinner prep to baking to pouring beverages.
Why the task-specific zones? Because this allows you to surround these spots with the tools and supplies you need to perform them. If you have a regular lunch-making spot, for example, you can ensure you keep Ziploc bags and Tupperware right there.
This might not be the most intuitive arrangement, because you could end up keeping spatulas in two different locations – but it makes for greater convenience in day-to-day cooking. Work with a professional to come up with ways to optimize your design!
Spice Up Your Kitchen Lighting
One kitchen renovation chefs can make is to take their lighting to the next level. Great choices for chefs are under-cabinet lighting and pendant lighting.
Why under-cabinet lighting? This is a great way to shine the spotlight on specific workspaces when you’re completing a task. Furthermore, if you’ll only be in the kitchen for a moment or two, you can switch on the under-cabinet light you need without having to illuminate the whole kitchen, which could provide energy savings in the long run.
Pendant lighting provides chefs with illumination for the entire kitchen, and what’s more, it can be fitted with a dimmer switch to provide a relaxing atmosphere once the cooking is over. The styles out there are endless – just tell us about your design preferences and we’re sure we can find you some samples you’ll love.
Up Your Hardware Game to Make Supplies Easier to Reach
There are plenty of kitchen renovations that make supplies easier to reach – which is especially essential for chefs! Options include using open cabinets to store items used frequently, wall mounts for pots and pans, utensil holders attached to the backsplash, and plenty of pegboards with hooks for smaller items.
Don’t forget: Just making your cabinet pulls easier to grab – using rings or u-shaped knobs, for example – can make the kitchen more user-friendly.