Design The Ultimate Kitchen With The Cook In Mind

Every homeowner wants a fabulous kitchen that is delightful and that cooks and functions beautifully, we will take the most complex room in the home and address its function as well as its form and simplify it in the top must haves features your kitchen should have.

We always start with the client consultation and discussions about cooking habits and client routines. This allows us to think about how to start to create the design essentials for each clients home. Most homes we work on should consider these items that will assist the whole family in their food preparation and enjoyment of sharing the space. 

Here are several tips to consider when designing your kitchen.

Design Wide Walkways & Traffic Flow

Design wide walkways and Traffic flow. The movement and function of your kitchen can be just as important as the appliances you choose to cook your families meals in. Paths throughout the kitchen should be 42" wide but we can do 36" wide if you are limited on space. Paths in the cooking zone should be a min of 42" for one- cook and to 48" for two-cook configuration.  

Double up or Separate your Appliances.

Clients are diving into appliances like never before. From cooktops to ranges that offer built in steam units . You ask what is a steam unit. It is the most amazing way of cooking. If your budget will allow for this additional appliance then you must look at the top two steam units. Miele and Wolf.  Another function we are seeing trending is column refrigeration. By using column refrigeration units the client is able to separate the ref and freezer. This can allow for a larger refrigeration unit, and fresh foods are the chef first choice.  

Think about the right height for the microwave

The correct height and location for a microwave oven may vary depending on the chef or the kid-friendly character of the kitchen. For adults, 15 inches above countertop level is a good microwave height. For kids, a below-countertop setup may be safer and more suitable. Thats goes for children who might be cooking as well.  Put kids' favorite dishes and snack foods on shelves they can reach.

Fill It Up! 

Tired of lugging water-filled pots from the sink to the cooktop? A swing-out tap -- also called a pot-filler -- installed near the cooktop fills pots near where you heat them. Or you can install an extra-long hose attachment on your main faucet to fill pots on the cooktop...not really. Avoid backbreaking work of lugging heavy pots and look for a wall mounted faucet to install at the cooktop or range. 

Plug It In!

Install multiple outlets along the backsplash and on the island so you'll have electricity wherever you need it. There are angled power strips available so you can keep your tile free of outlets. You can even add outlets into your cabinetry by using a charging station. Think about the junk drawer and how useful it can really be now. 


Time to think about the Looks

Our distinctive design styles include Contemporary, Transitional, and Traditional to meet all your needs. Start with a Door Styles Shaker, flat or inset? Your cabinet door style is important — it may be your biggest kitchen expense, after all — but choosing it doesn't have to be stressful. See which of these popular cabinet doors fit with your home's style. Can't decide between wood or painted cabinets, or whether they should be light or dark? Pick both for an unforgettable kitchen. Mixing and matching cabinet finishes and colors is one of my favorite things to suggest for a kitchen. It's a bold move and most people are not quite ready to make that jump. But the right combination can make for a modern kitchen your guests will be telling their friends about.


Invest In The Best You Can Afford

The right cabinetry will stand the test of time. That can just be the quality brand you choose to use in your kitchen remodel or the classic finishes you decide upon.

Code Always Rules

Prepare for 2017’s new Title 24 regulations, With this most recent set of revisions, the commission is striving toward a pair of new state efficiency targets: achieving net zero energy for new residential construction by 2020.  

  • Lighting: All lighting in new homes must be highly efficient, according to the 2017 Title 24 standards. By installing these fixtures alongside controls that can adjust output, homeowners can cut their energy usage on lighting in half. 
  • Walls: 2017 regulations require builders to use high-performance wall materials, featuring additional insulation to keep heat out during the summer and keep heat inside the home in the winter. This passive feature can save heating and cooling energy year-round. 
  • Attics: With limited ventilation, attic temperatures can skyrocket on hot days. Adding insulation to roof decks and ceilings can curb these temperature spikes by as much as 35 degrees and adding insulation to ceilings helps keep this heat out of the house, according to the CEC, reducing cooling loads on already strenuous summer days.
  • Water heating: Installing tankless water heating technology and improving water distribution systems could help reduce energy usage by as much as 35 percent in new homes, the CEC reported.