The Gourmet Kitchen Triad – Start with these must-haves for any restaurant-inspired kitchen: a dual oven, six-burner gas stove and oversized fridge, laid out in an ergonomic triangle arrangement.
Smart Storage – Include function-specific storage for things like baking sheets and small appliances, as well as an oversized pantry.
Indoor Grill – Barbecue in the middle of winter? No problem with an indoor grill! Look for a model that includes a downdraft ventilation system to clear away the sizzle quickly.
Warming Drawer – A warming drawer warms plates and keeps side dishes and sauces on standby while you're cooking the main course.
Kitchen Island with Eating Bar – An oversized kitchen island with eating bar is perfect for casual entertaining, letting the chef interact with guests while getting dinner together.
Stainless Steel Prep Area – Design your prep area to include an oversized, integrated sink, making it ideal for messy prep work.
Hanging Pot Rack – A hanging pot rack over the stove area is a style statement and a way to keep everything you need close at hand.
Pot Filler Tap – This wall-mounted tap, located by the stovetop, makes filling soup and stock pots a snap and eliminates the need to carry heavy, full pots across the kitchen.
Comfortable Flooring – Make your work area more foot-friendly with a softer alternative flooring material like cork, linoleum orrubber.
Layered Lighting – Add recessed fixtures for the work surfaces, pendant lights over the island, and under-cabinet task lighting for the countertops.
Re-published with permission of Dan Wurtz, Mortgage Consultant, Charter Pacific Lending Corp. Visit Dan's web site here: www.danwurtz.com