12 Kitchen Design Ideas for Home ChefsApril 19, 2017
Not all kitchens are alike; it may not be a well-known fact, but it is certainly true. There is a very distinct difference between residential and commercial kitchens, the smallest of which includes the difference in the entire layout. Out of all the parts of a house, the kitchen is the one that is designed around supreme functionality and easy efficiency rather than only aesthetics – but a commercial kitchen is an entirely different kind of a beast. There are so many pragmatic elements to consider while designing both, but with residential kitchens you have a small lee-way of highlighting the aesthetics while toning down the functionality. With a commercial kitchen though, aesthetic take a backseat to hygiene, efficiency, layout and extreme functionality.
So if you’re a home chef and you want a kitchen that emulates the best of both worlds, then you’re in for some extensive design rewrites. A hybrid commercial-residential kitchen has to have an easy ambiance, but also the well-oiled flow that eases the efficiency of all functional elements. Such a kitchen needs to follow some very strict standards of design, but can definitely emulate the latest trends too. Below, we’ll be looking at some useful kitchen design ideas for home chefs.
1. Focus on the work triangle
For every home chef out there, it is important that their kitchen represent a few basics; the foremost of which is the ‘kitchen triangle.’ This is a basic layout hack, which reinforces the fact that the three major functional entities in the kitchen – including the sink, the refrigerator and the stove – be laid out in a triangular and accessible formation. This allows you to easily access each of these kitchen essentials while not having to run in circles around the space.
2. Use an efficient layout
There are quite a few standard floor plan layouts for an efficient kitchen. These include the parallel formation, the L-shaped formation, the U-Shaped formation, the G-Shaped formation and the single counter formation. The one you choose for your kitchen will determine the work triangle as well as the mean circulation space. A home chef would be familiar with these layouts, and should choose the one they think will be preferable to their cooking techniques.
3. Use a proactive design technique
This means that you should focus on the formation and face of your kitchen. If you want a clean mix of aesthetics and functionality, then the most practice design technique would be focusing on the countertops, cabinets and shelving. A home chef should prioritize the function of each of these and then determine the relevant aesthetic. The cabinetry and shelving is especially important; so know the pros and cons of open vs. closed cabinets. This could very well determine the overall ambiance of your kitchen.
4. Dual concept
There are two kinds of conceptual developments for a successful kitchen – one revolves around the style and aesthetics, while the other uses functionality as the base for overall design. The perfect one for a home chef would be a mixture of the two. This kitchen would have a layout based on a functional concept, while the façade and interior can be based on a stylistic concept.
5. Easy access to appliances
Appliances are a major part of any kitchen, and for a kitchen designed especially for a home chef, they are necessities. This means you have to pay special attention to the placement of all mainstream appliances and their easy access. This will show in the overall layout, and you can even retrofit your ambiance and aesthetic to make these appliances an inherent part of the kitchen aesthetic.
6. Consider the necessities
Every chef has a distinctive style of cooking. This individuality in function is very important when designing a kitchen for a home chef. So you have to carefully consider the efficacy of the home chef, and their preferences while articulating the design. This includes thinking about the cooking style; does the chef cook for large parties, and personal preferences; does the chef prefer double ovens or if they’re a connoisseur of wine. This will make it easy to determine all installations as well as the size of the overall kitchen.
7. The pros of a master pantry
All home chefs need a pantry. Now whether this is a master walk-in pantry, or a compact, smart pantry depends upon the size of the kitchen and the preference of the chef. You can always use the cabinets to store all the essentials, but the pantry is a must have for a connoisseur and collector like a home chef.
8. Categorize the spaces
The kitchen space is a combination of lots of small aspects. These include small appliances like grinders, blenders, juicers and more along with several cooking utensils. You have to consider the placement and accessibility of all these appliances when designing a kitchen for a home chef. They might want to have oversized cooktop or a professional-grade cappuccino; or they might want to showcase their blenders or juicers on an oversized cooktop.
9. Hanging vs. Storing the utensils
Professional practice dictates that all pots and pans be hung for easy accessibility. Similar is the case for a home chef. Hanging these utensils around the workstation will not only emulate a professional aesthetic, but will count for efficient functionality as well.
There are a number of options for kitchen workstation design these days – some of them are even mobile. A work station is used for cutting and preparation of meat and vegetables before the actual cooking. The placement of the workstation is therefore, extremely important. It needs to be somewhere close to the cooktop, sink and the refrigerator to promote efficiency in the overall cooking process.
11. Honor the process of cooking
The process of cooking – especially for a pro like a home chef – is an extremely mitigated process. It includes storing, washing, preparation, cutting and refrigerating respectively before finally being properly cured for the actual cooking. The kitchen layout must follow the lead of this process in order to be truly efficient.
The floor is an often overlooked aspect of a good kitchen design. Make sure that you do not use expensive materials. Cooking can be a messy process sometimes, and you have to have easily cleanable materials in order to avoid staining. You can use easy to maintain surfaces such as cork or recycled rubber.
Designing the perfect kitchen is a time-taking process, and even more so when it has to be so carefully integrated with the habits of the home chef. Make sure to consider each and every aspect of both design and aesthetics to get that perfect kitchen for your home chef.