To the avid cook, the kitchen is truly the beating heart of the home, a space where they can get creative and spend time honing their skills. We’ve taken a look at 5 very different kitchens for the most passionate of home cooks. Check them out and see which one fits you best!
The Chef’s Kitchen
The chef’s kitchen is the pinnacle of home cooking and entertaining. This superbly equipped space is more akin to a professional kitchen than a typical home kitchen and is geared to the most serious home cooks. Featuring a spacious, open-plan layout, it’s designed to allow multiple cooks to work in harmony, without getting in one another’s way. Multiple chopping surfaces enable fast and efficient prepping and a multitude of facilities for storing equipment.
With top-of-the-range appliances, such as Sub-Zero fridges and freezers, high-BTU Viking gas cookers and numerous griddles, grills and convection ovens at his disposal, the avid cook can prepare a multitude of dishes all at once.
It doesn’t come cheap though. Typical chef kitchen refits can cost anywhere between $50,000 –$100,000 – most of which is spent on the appliances. However, they can be a fantastic investment and add great value to your home. Just be careful to do your research and not to over-improve your property beyond what the local market justifies.
The Tiny Kitchen
Tiny living is not for everyone, but don’t despair if you live in a cramped apartment and you only have a small kitchen at your disposal. Maximize the space you do have by adding extra shelves to any dead spaces. You may not be able to fit a full-sized table, so use the surfaces you do have. A breakfast bar is a good option, with tuck-in stools. Utilize any spare space in or under the bar by adding shelves or cupboards to store anything from plates to ingredients.
Magnetic knife racks are another fantastic space-saving idea and can be used as practical and attractive wall decorations. If you hang up chopping boards and other utensils, you can save valuable space and create even more impromptu decorations. S-hooks are useful for this purpose and can also be used to create hanging shelves. Remove the bulky dish-drainer and fit a drainage rack above the sink – and if your sink is small, fit a hose to allow you to fill larger pots easily.
The Family Kitchen
In any family home, the kitchen is a hub of activity and enjoys much use, from breakfast club to homework club. An open-plan design works well, with an attractive breakfast bar separating the cooking area from the dining area. This is a great place to enjoy a coffee and a slice of toast before kissing your loved ones goodbye for the day. The large table is perfect for family dinners and get-togethers, and the bench allows you to squeeze people in, while saving space by tucking away when not in use.
This kitchen features a large fridge/freezer, plus a pantry, ensuring you’ll never be short of food and snacks for your whole household. The large oven is great for preparing a family feast, baking with the kids or simply cooking up breakfast pancakes. Blackboards are an excellent place to leave important family notices and are a welcome alternative to the fridge when the younger kids feel the need to scribble.
The Gardener’s Kitchen
Green-fingered home cooks will love the gardener’s kitchen, which is geared towards prepping and cooking delicious homegrown produce. A rustic look completes the design, with heavy, wooden chopping boards and surfaces. The sinks are deep enough to make washing vegetables a piece of cake, while large windows and sliding doors allow ample light in to help the herb garden grow.
A mudroom-come-pantry directly between the garden and the kitchen is perfect for storing root veg and other sundries and enables you to nip into the garden to pick fresh ingredients with ease. S-hooks are used to hang essential ingredients such as onions and garlic, as well as useful tools and pots.
The Eco-Friendly Kitchen
The eco-friendly kitchen is ideal for anyone trying to reduce their carbon footprint. Featuring electric induction ovens rather than gas, the power used to cook is greatly reduced. Cast iron or stainless-steel pots and pans are perfect for induction cooking and will last for generations – the wide range of sizes mean you’ll always have the right pot for what you’re cooking, further reducing energy.
As far as appliances go, a low-energy pressure cooker is ideal for cooking meals in bulk, while the chest freezer holds its temperature far better than a vertical one. The small fridge encourages the cook to buy fresh ingredients regularly, rather than risking fruit and veg rotting. The simple dishwasher is more efficient than washing in the sink, while old-fashioned hand mixers take the place of electric versions.
Composting and water recycling and reuse are two other features of the eco-friendly kitchen, and the eco-friendly cook. You can keep an indoor compost bin for all the food scraps – instead of throwing them in the garbage, you can simply turn them into fertilizer for pot plants and herbs; and if you’re not washing your dishes with chemical products, you can use the resulting gray water for your backyard shrubs and trees. Also, replacing plastic garbage bags with biodegradable paper bags and plastic utensils with bamboo or stainless-steel ones might not sound like much, but it goes a long way when trying to create more eco-conscious habits.
No matter what a person’s cooking style and preferred working space might be, there’s a kitchen out there for them. Think about the space you have and make it work for you. High quality pots, pans and utensils will last several lifetimes, while smart storage solutions enable you to really make the most of your kitchen.