In designing our kitchen, I have read a LOT about other people’s choices.
What they love.
What they hate.
What they endorse.
What they regret.
My initial response to every item was– I MUST HAVE THAT!
However, given time and space from the ideas, most are things I can live without… but since I did the research, I might as well write the dissertation— so I have compiled my data into a wall of text you will probably only find interesting if you are planning your own kitchen remodel.
If you have a favorite kitchen layout/gadget/tool/space-improvement… I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR KITCHEN ENDORSEMENT.
Here is an index of ALL my kitchen-related posts.
I’ve grouped the items into categories:
-Tech & Gadgets
-Layout & Design
-Cooking & Cleaning
I began with the intention to explain every item, link to an example, find a photo… which got tedious FAST. So, anything not self-explanatory, Google is your friend.
Technology & Gadgets:
- Air switch— in-counter, flush-mount garbage disposal button (great for islands.)
- Never Empty Soap Dispenser Kit— attaches a countertop pump-dispenser to a Costco-size soap container, hidden under the sink.
- Strip of outlets under cabinets— outlets sit up under cabinet for an uninterrupted backsplash, or add to an island overhang, or hidden in a drawer.
- Outlets with integrated USB port— charge phones and devices without the adapter.
- Pop up power station— good for islands that double as computer zones.
- Sillites— small, flush mount outlets… great for islands/window sills.
- LED puck or tape lighting in/under cabinets— gives a nice even light to work areas. Use inside cabinets for accent lighting.
Cooking & Cleaning:
- Induction cook top.
- Instant hot water — this is the thing I am MOST excited for!
- Reverse osmosis water filtration (we have this, LOVE it.)
- Motion-sensor operated faucet. (we are doing the option below.)
- We are going to do the euro/bar version of TapMaster– it’s a foot-operated gadget that lets you make ANY faucet hands-free. You can see in the photo below, the vertical bar centered below the sink doors– flick it to the side with your foot and it turns the water on… also comes as a kickplate, in-floor installation, cabinet sensor.
- Wall mount faucet— frees up countertop space behind the sink traditionally occupied by a deck-mount faucet.
- Pot filler.
- Integral drainboard.
- I am NOT including a hood because as I’ve disclosed, I LOATHE A RANGE HOOD.
- Sink with off-set drain– some people love a sink with two bowls, I prefer one big workspace.
- In-sink sponge rack.
- Speed cook oven.
Layout & Design, ideas to consider:
- Get your microwave off the counter… I wrote a whole post when considering our options to hide it.
- Plan dish rack location– here’s a post of all the ideas we considered to get it off the counter.
- Push-to-open trash drawer operation— push with your knee and it pops open! Great for when you have dirty hands… also comes as a foot-operated option.
- Kornerking, in-cabinet organizing system for corner cabinets.
- Unanimous advice from every single chatboard: drawers over shelves… this is why we are doing all-drawers– because the internet said so… I hope they are right.
- Full-extension, soft-close drawer glides (most-recommended is Blum)
- Hinge-sensor light switches for cabinet/pantry doors: the light comes on automatically when the door opens… I have also seen this IN drawers. It’s NICE.
- Inset vs partial overlay vs full overlay cabinets.
- UNINTERRUPTED counter space.
- Consider a solid material for the backsplash– no grout to clean!
- Vertical storage for cookie sheets.
- Use a simple photo editor to try out different backsplash options.
- Plan a place for awkward items that you use frequently – food processor, mixer, etc.
- Distinct work zones with relevant tools stored there.
- Steel supports for island overhang.
- Under-cabinet molding/trim to add furniture-like design elements.
- Extra deep drawer for vertical stacking of utensils.
- Compost bin– our solution is a five-gallon bucket (sitting out in plain sight)… if you have a better plan, PLEASE SHARE! Everything hidden seems to me, A– TINY, and B– questionable to have decomposing food hidden in a cabinet?
- Toe kick drawers.
- Drawer organizers.
- Spice drawer/storage.
- Overhead pot rack.
- Paper towel holder.
- Pull down recipe holder.
- Place to store step stool.
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- Positive/or flush/ or negative/ reveal on sink.
- Proper aisle sizing.
- Maximize natural light.
- Good overhead lighting.
- UCL LED lights on dimmers.
- Spray arm.
- Integrated sink.
- Cabinets all the way to the ceiling— use molding riser if necessary.
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