4 Kitchens that Really Cook
The kitchen is the true hub of the home, so it’s important that it functions as well as it looks. But what makes a successful kitchen, truly successful? Let’s have a look, shall we?
I love this photo of the kitchen we designed for Drew Scott’s Galveston Beach house on HGTV’s “Brother Vs. Brother.” Even though it’s an outtake with cast and crew, it shows the reality of the room: everybody gathers in the kitchen. This kitchen had a fairly small footprint, but had just enough room for an island. Islands are the key to a functioning kitchen and I was happy to not only fit one in, but also make it extra functional with a secondary bar/prep sink.
You’ll notice these days there is a trend to eliminate upper cabinets in favor of open shelving, but what you might not realize is the reason for eliminating upper cabinets has as much to do with technology as with aesthetics. Since the advent of pullout shelves over the last 20 years, the amount of usable storage space in lower cabinets has basically doubled. No more storing weird odd things in the back of counter-depth cabinets! With pullout drawers, the full depth of the cabinet is usable and all your stored items are easily seen at a glance.
You know you are in the home of a serious chef (or of someone who employs a serious chef) when appliances start to double up, like a dual oven range, and an eight-burner cooktop. Also, as I mentioned earlier, two sinks can be a game changer, as well as two ovens, two dishwashers, etc. And even if you are a not-so-serious cook, a pot-filler over a cooktop can be a lifesaver!
Last, for me, the most important feature of a kitchen that looks as good as it functions, is an abundance of natural light. I know not every homeowner has this option available, but at least for me, it is of supreme importance. Nothing starts a day off right like coffee and breakfast with the sun streaming in!
For more kitchen inspiration, please visit my “Yes, Chef!” Pinterest board.