If you are lucky enough to be able to create your own dream kitchen, you absolutely must follow these three steps. Doing so will help you create a space that is efficient, comfortable, and reflective of your style.
Commercial kitchens, such as those in restaurants, really are planned with efficiency in mind. The very goal of these kind of kitchens is to make food fast. The sooner the customer can be served his or her food, the sooner they will finish eating and be out the door, making space for another paying customer.
You could meet with a commercial kitchen designer, or you could simply peruse their website’s gallery. You can glean lots of information from the photos they post of the kitchens they have completed. You might even learn about some commercial appliances that would help you be able to create meals faster.
Consider Your Needs
You should look at all the activities that take place in your current kitchen. Do you have enough counter space for food prep? Is there space for everyone to eat in the kitchen? Is that a priority for you? Do you have kids that need to either be entertained in the kitchen while you cook or have a space to do their homework? Is there some sort of organization you can do to make your morning easier? Do you want a computer of some sort in the kitchen?
Once you have identified your needs, and figured out how to satisfy those, you can start with your wants. Do you want a specific cabinet just for spices? Do you want a wine fridge? Would you like to add more light? How does your current sink work for you?
Make Plans and Then Make Them Again
Lots of online sites let you plan your kitchen. Play with all the free ones. This will let you see what you really like and what just doesn’t work for your space. One important thing to remember is that fads will come and go, but hopefully this kitchen design or remodel will last for quite some time. For that reason, you should avoid the fads and go with traditions that have stood the test of time.
One trend that is not a fad is efficiency. Get appliances that work harder for less power; the government has compiled a list of energy star standards that should be your guidelines. Developments in LED lighting have made the prices on the bulbs drop, and the light they produce far more pleasing. You may spend a little more to invest in some of these products, but you will definitely save in the end by reducing your power costs.