Although a room usually meant for cooking food is commonly called a kitchen, the terms cook and kitchen are so similar that it’s surprising to know that they come from the same word. The relationship between chef, meaning cooking, and kitchen, meaning the place used for cooking, is somewhat loose. What this means is that while there are similarities in the way that the terms are used, they don’t actually mean the same thing. The American Heritage Dictionary defines a chef as “a person who cooks for people or for a group.”
In contrast, a kitchen is defined as “the place where meals are prepared and eaten”. However, there is more to designing a kitchen than simply adding a vase of fresh flowers and a pile of newly baked bread. A kitchen environment is much more complex than simply gathering ingredients and putting them on the grill for a quick taste Test. A well designed kitchen incorporates many factors into its design, including:
When we think of kitchens, we almost always think of the kitchen being a bright, open space where people can get together to make a meal. This is obviously very important, but not the only important part of the kitchen. The kitchen is an area of the house where families gather regularly to eat, do homework, and/or just relax. In fact, kitchens are used for all of these things, and many other activities as well. Thus, it’s important to spend some time thinking about how you want your kitchen to look.
One way to start designing your kitchen is by mapping out your daily routine. Consider your daily tasks in the kitchen and figure out which activities (such as cutting food, stirring and mixing sauces, or reading cookbooks) you should do in each room of the house. If your home is small, consider doing several of these tasks in separate rooms or you may need more counter space. You should also map out the layout of your new kitchen, so you’ll know what kind of cabinets or countertops to get, what kind of lighting you need, etc. These considerations will help you decide what kind of cabinetry or countertop material to get, how many sinks to install, what type of refrigerator or stove to get, etc.
Another way to get ideas for your new kitchen is to look at old houses. There are plenty of older homes for sale (as well as new homes) that you can look at to get an idea for how kitchens used to be designed. Old kitchens had a lot less counter space than newer homes, so it’s important that you take this into account when designing your own kitchen.
It’s interesting to look at old houses and realize that there was a time when everything was built brick. This is because bricks have been used for building for thousands of years. While they still are able to be used in the construction of modern kitchens, you can add a lot of character to your kitchen by using cast iron or other forms of heavy metal. Cast iron can add a rustic feel to a kitchen, and this rustic feel is one that is very desirable in modern kitchens. Other materials that work really well are stone, marble, granite, wood, etc. No matter what you want to use, you can find something that will make your kitchen unique.