Consumer demand for a professional cooking experience at home is at an all-time high. Homeowners are building new homes and remodeling existing homes to create kitchens with restaurant-quality capabilities. The demand for restaurant-style kitchens in homes includes both function and form, as homeowners seek industrial-style design aesthetic and high-end appliances that deliver high-performance results.
The clean lines and industrial feel of a restaurant kitchen are making their way into home design. Stainless steel has never been more popular, and has moved beyond appliances and sinks, and can now be found everywhere from countertops and backsplashes, to cabinetry and island worktables.
The modern, high-tech look of stainless steel enhances the look of a contemporary home, and offers practical benefits as well. Stainless steel is nonporous, which makes it easy to clean and virtually germ-free; from a design and installation standpoint, stainless steel allows for easy customization and can be formed to any size, and installed without seams. While it’s true that stainless steel can scratch and dent, preventing damage is as easy as using the right (non-abrasive) cleansers and installing a solid under-layer beneath the stainless surface.
Another benefit of stainless steel is heat-resistance, which makes it the perfect surface to install around appliances like ovens and stovetops. Non-porous, moisture-resistant stainless steel is also practical for installation around sinks, where water can seep into cracks and crevices.
Homeowners who install modern, industrial-style kitchens obviously love the look, but they are seeking a higher level of versatility and cooking capability. Appliance companies are catering to this increased demand for professional-level cooking technique from the home cook by creating units with high-tech features that set the appliances apart from the base models.
Induction cook tops are fast and easy, without sacrificing precision—important for cooks employing professional cooking techniques, replicating those employed by celebrity chefs and popular television cooking competition contestants. Today’s home cook is looking to broaden versatility, and an induction cook top delivers the ability to cook quickly, safely, and cleanly.
Remember when a water/ice maker in the refrigerator door was revolutionary? Today those features are practically old- fashioned when compared to today’s refrigeration units. High-definition televisions, Wi-Fi ready touchscreens, downloadable apps—these capabilities mark just the beginning of advances that will reinforce the centrality of the kitchen as the social hub of your home.
Some manufacturers are offering ovens that can be accessed and programmed remotely, via an Internet or telephone connection; just as you can program your DVR or TiVo from a remote location, you can set the turkey to cook while you’re out running errands.
To learn more about how to implement the latest, cutting-edge advancements into your kitchen remodeling project, stop into the Cabinets & Designs showroom and meet with one of our design professionals. We are located at 4200 Westheimer, Suite 102; our hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. through 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.