When it comes to beautiful kitchen design, your appliances just might be the most important and useful aspect of your space, considering that a kitchen's primary function is for the preparing and cooking of meals. Because kitchen appliances are a home investment, it is important that you choose your appliances wisely. How high-end do you want to go? If you are a chef or baker, you’ll probably want the restaurant-quality features professional models offer. For the casual cook, it might be more important to design your kitchen with an eye for entertaining. Decide on your budget and then consult with a kitchen designer to determine which appliance models, sizes, and layout will work best for your custom kitchen. The following kitchen appliance guide will help you get started.
Location, Location, Location
Before you begin selecting appliances, choose your kitchen layout, and then begin looking for appliances that fit. If you have your heart set on a stainless side-by-side refrigerator, will you have room left over for a cooktop and two wall ovens? Traditionally, kitchen layouts rely on a relationship between the sink, stove and refrigerator, which keeps everything within arm's reach while you're cooking. Most kitchen design professionals recommend that some form of a triangle should be the basic layout. The kitchen work triangle is important, but it isn't the only design solution. The most important thing, however, is workflow, and that can vary depending on the space available and the homeowner’s needs. Since the cost of appliances can be the most expensive part of a kitchen, determining where appliances will be placed is key. Workflow is best when the route between the three work centers for prepping, cooking and cleanup is direct and clear. For larger kitchens, this may involve breaking up the centers into different zones with their own smaller work triangles. For example, the microwave and cleanup zone may be located next to the main sink while the prep sink might be closer to the refrigerator.
Free-standing or built-in? That’s the question many homeowners ask when designing their dream kitchen. There are pros and cons to each. For complex kitchen designs that feature a retro style refrigerator or vintage stove, free-standing appliances are the best fit, and they’re easier to change out in the future if you decide to remodel or upgrade. Another advantage free-standing models offer is that they often have additional depth if you like a roomy fridge interior. On the other hand, built-ins are popular with homeowners looking for a seamless high-end kitchen design, as they can be visually integrated with custom door panels that match your cabinets. There’s more flexibility with power options with built-ins – unlike stand alone models, you can install all electric, all gas, or a gas cooktop and electric wall oven. While they might be a bit pricier, the payoff is that they have a longer lifespan that free-standing models.
Know Your Dimensions
Be aware of how much space you actually have for your appliances. Larger appliances can compromise your storage or counter space. When in doubt, it’s better to go with bigger if the space allows, though, since it can be tricky to upgrade to a larger appliance if your kitchen doesn’t have room to wiggle. Most appliances are going to need at least two feet of depth, and some more. For example, 30-inch ovens are the standard in the United States. Built-in refrigerators are typically limited to a cabinet depth of 24 inches, but are taller than freestanding models, and can be as wide as 48 inches.
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