Gourmet Kitchens: The Ideal Kitchen Design for Homeowners Who Actually Cook

There are two types of homeowners when it comes to remodeling today’s kitchens: those who cook and those who don’t. While some prefer to have their kitchen be an Instagram-worthy room free of clutter and perfect for entertaining, others want a gourmet, or chef’s, kitchen that is designed with cooking in mind.

Gourmet kitchens aren’t the norm: The 2018 U.S. Houzz Kitchen and Trends Study found cooking from scratch ranked only fourth in homeowner interests. But if your clients like to cook, you have a potentially big project on your hands. The first step to creating that gourmet kitchen will be to find room for a sink area, range center, and refrigerator zone.

Sink Area
Although the National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA) found in its 2018 design trend report that the three trendiest kitchen sink styles are undermount (92%), single-bowl (81%), and farmhouse (81%), there is another style perfect for gourmet kitchens: a workstation sink. Also known as a prep sink, it’s a longer undermount sink, sometimes with dual faucets, that incorporates areas on the sides for cutting boards, straining, racks, and other accessories.

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