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Designing A Chef's Dream Kitchen

by Lauren Busser The House Designers’ Editorial Director

We spend a lot of our time in the kitchen. Whether we are cooking, socializing or just helping the kids with homework, you can’t deny that the kitchen is the heart of the house. But how do you create an efficient kitchen that inspires you to create new dishes and is comfortable to work in? A kitchen layout is very much a question of personal preference but when it comes to designing a kitchen that is efficient for the seasoned chef, there are a few points where they agree.

KraftMaid Natural and Warm Kitchen

This KraftMaid® Natural and Warm kitchen features Fox Chase Cherry in Hazel Stain and Fox Chase Maple in new Chai paint with Cocoa Glaze.

Take Stock of Your Cooking and Eating Habits

To cook like a pro, you don’t need a big kitchen. Focus on making your kitchen comfortable and aesthetically pleasing for the way that you work. An efficient kitchen should flow with your movements, and your cooking style. When you start to design you dream kitchen take a look at your habits in the kitchen. Do you bake multiple batches of cookies at a time? Then you might need more counter space and a double oven. Or do you tend to have multiple items on your burners at the time? Then a six-burner stove might be just the thing for you.

Lumber Liquidators American Cherry Butcher Block Countertop

The Lumber Liquidators® American Cherry Butcher Block Countertop is a beautiful dark wood that will add an inviting touch to your kitchen.

Counter Space is the Most Valuable

Counter space can be even more important than stoves. With enough counter space you can lay out your ingredients, make a list of what you have, and work efficiently on your dish. When it comes to counter tops some surfaces that chefs prefer include all wood butcher block, marble, and granite

A Place for Everything

Uncluttered counter space is key to a functioning kitchen. Lots of cabinetry and shelving is essential to make sure that your kitchen stays organized. Open shelving is great because it allows you to have your glassware, plates, and utensils you use most within easy reach.

Whirlpool Ice Collection

The Whirlpool® Ice Collection features a bottom drawer refrigerator that provides easy access to commonly used perishable items and ample freezer space for you to store your frozen foods.

Choose a Fridge to Fit Your Lifestyle

There are a wide array of choices for refrigerators and freezers and each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Some people prefer a side by side refrigerator that uses less freezer space. Others like a bottom freezer drawer to store larger items. It’s a choice that only you can make after evaluating your habits and needs.

Luxe Transitional KraftMaid Kitchen

This Luxe Transitional KraftMaid® kitchen is laid out beautifully for entertaining. The large square island can be turned into an eating area or buffet table and the open floor plan of this homes means that guests can easily circulate through the space.

Built for Entertaining

Do you want a space that is perfect for entertaining? Then you want to choose a layout that allows for the natural flow of your guests through the house. For that reason, many chefs opt for an island kitchen. An island kitchen is a great way to both entertain guests and still have prep and staging space.

When it comes to building a kitchen worthy of a celebrity chef the goal is to make sure that it fits your movements and habits. Don’t focus on size but instead making it comfortable for you to work in. When you consider how much you use a stove as opposed to an oven, which will determine what appliances you need. Keep a few of these hints in mind as you design your kitchen and you are sure to have a space you will love for years to come.

Luxury Lakehouse House Plan

This Luxury Lakehouse has a beautiful kitchen that is efficient for both work and entertainment. Use the large island as a prep area if you are cooking or an eating bar, buffet table if you are entertaining.


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