Your Custom Kitchen is for More than just Cooking
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We have previously talked about custom kitchens for the culinary creative, but what about those of you who are a little more inclined to order in? While many kitchen design trends assume that you will be spending all of the time in your kitchen playing gourmand, not everyone loves to cook. That means no everyone needs dual ovens, oversized islands or a six-burner gas range.
So, what can you do with a custom kitchen when you couldn’t care less about cooking? Of course, you need to keep certain basics — your sink, stove, fridge — even if you don’t cook very often, but your kitchen designer can get creative. Here are a few ideas to consider for your seldomly-cooked-in kitchen.
For the wine lover
You may not need much in the way of cookware storage, but what about your wine collection? Why fill your kitchen with custom cabinetry that will remain empty for lack of kitchen gadgets? With a custom kitchen you can change some of that unused storage space into something you will use. Consider talking to your designer about incorporating shelving for ready-to-drink bottles, a wine fridge or a wine cellar cabinet for those bottles that you wish to age.
For the coffee connoisseur
Do you rely on a cup of java to get going in the morning? Maybe you love an afternoon espresso? Either way, we already know you aren’t spending your money on fancy kitchenware or expensive gadgets, so why not splurge on an espresso maker? Your kitchen designer can make sure there is a perfect home for your brand new toy and you can start every day with your beverage of choice. Make sure there is a home for your mugs close by, too!
Rethink the basics
As I said above, you will still need to include a few basic appliances in your kitchen, whether you use them or not. You may decide to start cooking more often or you may sell your home. That said, a fridge, freezer, stove top, oven, sink, dishwasher and microwaves are the necessities in most kitchens. Of course, they don’t have to be intimidating appliances. Just get appliances that get the job done — in fact, if you go overboard on your appliances, you will likely be even less likely to use your kitchen than if you got something easy-to-use. So while you may want to get big, top-of-the-line appliances to add visual appeal, think again. There are other ways to make your kitchen
Take a seat
If you won’t need to worry about maximizing storage with custom cabinets, the possibilities open up for a more creative use of space. Of course, just because you don’t cook in your kitchen, it doesn’t mean you don’t have dinner parties — you just get them catered! Less cabinetry means more space for a beautiful dining area and kitchen that is made for entertaining. Work with your kitchen designer to find the perfect seating arrangement for your space; it might be a large farm table or a cozy banquette — you will know it when you see it.