WHETHER you’re a mom looking to update your home, a yuppie who’s just acquired your first home, or a professional taking your food business to the next level, having a well-built kitchen is something you shouldn’t overlook. However, there are aspects one must take into consideration when building their dream kitchen.
Taking note of the dimensions of your kitchen is a given but it also pays to take into consideration the size and type of dwelling you currently have.
Condo-dwellers for example, are likely to have less room for bulky appliances and fixtures, while house-owners are likely to have more space to work with. Aside from opting for a personal refrigerator or a one-door model, going for a built-in hob like those from La Germania’s Euro series or a cooking range is another practical move.
Another thing to consider is your exhaust system. La Germania brand ambassador Chef Rolando Laudico notes, “It’s usually the most overlooked piece of equipment, but it’s very important to have a good exhaust in your kitchen. Especially when you live in a condominium where space is most of the time small and the windows always stay closed, you need to have a range hood or else your whole place will smell like food for days.”
When building your perfect kitchen, you would want it to stand the test of time. “Cooking appliances are the heart of any kitchen so you should invest in reliable and durable products that can keep up with your cooking needs,” says Chef Lau.
For newly independent young professionals living in a condominium or apartment, the typical kitchen routine involves basic food prep for one or two persons. Therefore, a single or double-burner stove should suffice.
On the other hand, homemakers cook for at least three people, cook more regularly, and prepare relatively more complex dishes, so having both a cooktop and an oven to accommodate those needs is advantageous.
With gas stoves, the flames are a basic but reliable temperature indicator, and they have control knobs that make for easier adjustments. However, one must take care that food sediment and grease buildup do not clog the burners. Having to regularly replace the LPG tank when it runs out is also an added task on your to-do list.
For most homes, an induction cooktop is a good choice. It works by using electromagnetism to heat the pan and not the hob surface. Induction cooktops are also the easiest to clean because food spills don’t get baked into the surface and there are no crevices for food sediments to get stuck in.