When I think of the characteristics of a high-end home, I imagine walking through the entire place; through the entry door, into the living room, the bathrooms, dining room, and then into the kitchen. I’m a chef at chop house in Richmond VA and cooking is my life so my imaginary walk through usually stops here at the kitchen. If I were designing a high-end home, I would put the majority of my focus in here because I would most likely be spending most of my time here.
A luxurious kitchen should have top of the line appliances, gadgets, & tools, the finest granite countertops, a great ventilation system, and a very extensive lighting system. One of my favorite stores to shop at is Williams-Sonoma for all of my helpful gadgetry. They have everything from a Paderno Spiralizer to Rosle’s Collapsible Colanders. For all of my cutlery, I have nothing but Shun brand knives. They are made of Japanese steel, with the highest of quality standards.
All of my cooking appliances would be top of the line starting with my oven and stove. I would need two double wide stoves that could be automated from my phone and a gas, open-flamed stove with eight burners. When I cook, I do it up! I would also need a commercial dishwasher to get a quick and efficient clean. My sinks would be huge so I would have plenty of room to work with my food preparation. I would also imagine great big chopping block so I could butcher all my meats with the greatest of ease. A kitchen would also not be complete without a Vitamix, the best blender and emulsifier out there.
I would have nothing but granite countertops within my kitchen. This stone is great for cooking preparation because it is very easy to clean, allowing contaminates like bacteria and mold to easily be wiped away and sanitized. Granite countertops are also very heat resistant, meaning that if I were to set a hot pan on them I wouldn’t have to worry about it ruining my surfaces. There are many options of stone to pick from and that would probably be the hardest part to decide on. I know I would like a light colored granite, maybe with a simple design. Some selections that I had checked were Pegasus White, Vetrazzo Bretagne Blue, Zodiaq Coarse Carrara, zodiq papyrus, and Andromeda White.
My lighting system would be comprised of many fixtures that will provide the best light for food preparation. This is a must if you want to thoroughly examine your foods and efficiently work with them. Placement is key. Having the fixtures above all workspaces will make the work easier so drop down lighting across all islands, rope lighting beneath cabinets, and properly angled track lighting is a must.
When you cook, there will be smoke and oils that escape into the air. To prevent the carbons & oils from getting all over your walls, cabinets, appliances, and your lungs, a powerful ventilation system is needed above your stove unit. Having a wide hood can help capture all of the smoke so it can be sucked up and sent outside so not to contaminate your home.
These are just a few of many options for designing your dream kitchen, but I feel these are the essentials. When building out your high-end home, make sure to fulfill all of your personal needs and wants.