Custom and Remodeling Kitchens

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Whether building a custom built luxury kitchen or remodeling a new one, it is important to keep in mind the specific appliances and amenities you’ll want in your kitchen, as well as the complete working layout of your new kitchen. If remodeling, you may want to retain some of the old structure of your kitchen for the new build or perhaps you want to reorganize the kitchen stations. Knowing what you want in your custom layout, specific fixtures and installations, and a decoration theme are all critical in enabling the kitchen remodel to go off without any problems.

Kitchen Planning and Custom Design

Layout and decoration ideas are important when it comes to custom kitchen design, as well as remodeling. Each shape has distinct advantages and disadvantages involving cooking convenience, foot traffic, and storage space. When remodeling your kitchen, often you will be locked into the shape of your kitchen. Square kitchens spaces lend themselves to U-kitchen shaped and L-shaped kitchens. Longer, narrower spaces usually mean galley. Large kitchens lead to island kitchens.

The décor and planning is usually a combination between the existing decorating themes in the home and what your tastes are. If you live in a country style custom home, you wouldn’t want to put in a lot of modern metal appliances, counters, and walls. Making a list will create effective kitchen planning.

Remodeling by the Work Triangle. 

Designers have been using the kitchen work triangle to create efficient kitchens for many decades. The work triangle refers to the arrangement of the three basic work areas: the refrigerator, sink,

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and stove. You don’t want these to be too far apart or you will spend a good deal of time running back and forth. Click this link to read more about work triangle.

Consolidate Kitchen Contents with a Pantry.

Walk-in pantries have become very popular as they allow a homeowner to quickly take in the kitchen’s contents without having to search through the cupboards. If you’re tight on space a pull-out pantry can be installed into areas as small as a few inches wide. A kitchen pantry is a great way to keep the kitchen traffic localized to one area, so that you can cook without interruption.

Don’t Waste Space. 

Install  cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling add baskets and shelving inside to maximize storage space. Add a hanging rack for pots and pans to free up some cabinet space.

Let Appliances do Some of the Dirty Work. 

A dishwasher with a third rack can cut down on the number of times you have to load that dishwasher. Self-cleaning ovens are everywhere today. If you are in the market for energy efficient appliances, consider a dishwasher or even a refrigerator with the Energy Star rating.

Create areas for your kids. 

A couple of stools at the kitchen counter create an easy, informal place for kids to eat. Also, consider keeping your kids’ snacks and beverages on lower shelves where they can easily access them.

Wall Ovens

Practically every publication that deals with cooking (Food & WineBetter Homes and Gardens, and The New York Times, to name a few) has something to say about wall ovens. So, what makes having an oven in the wall so special? When it comes time to baste that turkey or check on that pie, working with an oven that’s high enough to access easily is a difference serious cooks notice. There’s also something to be said for the extra elbow room that comes with having a range located away from the oven if you plan on preparing several foods at once. Another bonus: Wall ovens with more than one compartment can make baking multiple items at different temperatures far more convenient (and with the convection, steam, and rotisserie options available, possibly faster or even healthier, too!)

Cabinet Organizers/ Lazy Susans

Cooking at home is a great way to reduce your budget and bring the family together. However, when accessing the things you need to get the job done becomes a project in itself, the daunting task of cooking an entire meal can easily be dismissed in favor of a trip to the closest restaurant. If the Better Homes and Gardensdescription, “[cabinet] interiors that are visually accessible and easily reachable, making it simple to see what you do and don’t have” sounds a far cry from your own kitchen cabinetry, it is likely that a few inexpensive kitchen additions like better cabinet shelving/organizers can make a big difference in prep time and lessen the lure of eating out.

Hanging Pot and Pan Racks

For many homeowners, the path to pots and pans is full of obstacles and falling objects. The solution: get your cookware out of the cabinet and into plain view. A single large pot rack suspended over an island or several smaller racks placed around the room makes finding the right tool for the job less of a hassle and gives you more storage space, to boot. While wall mounted pot racks are generally a drop in the bucket, prices for hanging pot racks can get pretty expensive. However, in just a few minutes online, we found several options for under $100 (and even a few under $50).

Modern Dishwashers

The promises of the 1950’s have finally been fulfilled. With large capacities, serious cleaning power, and even separate compartments, today’s dishwashers are truly the time savers we’ve always dreamed about. With enough cleaning power to tackle even baked on food without scrubbing, everything you use to cook or eat can go directly in and come out clean. Even better, many newer dishwashers can provide all this while still being more energy-efficient than the model you currently have!

Ventilation Systems

One luxury kitchen vent manufacturer tells us that, “cooking churns out airborne contaminants like nothing else in the home can.” Most of us, however, are probably just as (if not more) concerned with having a house that doesn’t stink. Food that smells great while it’s cooking might not please the palette as much a day or two later. While many folks have taken the leap to upgrade insulation and windows, neglecting to perform a similar upgrade to kitchen ventilation is an open invitation for lingering odors. With the right ventilation system, odors (and any stray contaminants) can be a thing of the past!

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