Interiors: State-of-the-art kitchen appliances
Are you in the market for state-of-the-art, high-tech kitchen appliances? OK, so even if you're not, this might still be of interest even if just out of curiosity. Let's check it out.
Restaurant-style cooking ranges include many things. They are usually combinations of gas burners, griddle, a wok burner plus a fryer and/or a steamer. Above all, this there is a full-length hood providing maximum ventilation. Oh, and don't forget the pasta filler on the wall. But wait. You don't have to own a restaurant to get all this. You can have it all in your own home if you choose.
What if you don't want all of that but do want some of it? All major appliance companies now offer 15- to 24-inch cooking modules that fit into your countertop so you can pick the cook tops you want. There is even a steamer oven that can be built into the wall like a regular oven. Of course, if you still want it all, you can include a prep station and a computer station in your ideal kitchen.
Tall walls are popular these days. A tall wall is one that houses stacked appliances, such as a double oven plus a warming drawer or a double oven with a TV above, all built in. Tall walls usually fill an entire wall, so next to the ovens you might have a small work station with cabinets above, and next to that the refrigerator/freezer unit.
Dishwashers clean much better these days, but one thing that never made sense is how low to the ground you have to get to load and unload them. There are innovative designers who can raise the dishwasher for easier handling, and it is easy to accomplish. A base is placed under the conventional dishwasher. The base is similar to those you see used under front-load washing machines. Then the countertop above the dishwasher is raised and used for prep work or for adding cabinets.
It seems that refrigerators and freezers are going modular. There are many companies that offer separate all-refrigerator and all-freezer options, and they come with glass doors and stainless, too.
Organization in the kitchen is always a must. You will easily find every form of organizational gadgets in the market today, some of which include pullout pantries, recycling organizers and spice organizers. Also available are compartmentalized drawers for cooking utensils or whatever you want to compartmentalize. Sinks come in all types of sizes and shapes, and some even include integrated cutting boards. And, surely, you've seen the advertisements for the hands-free faucets. What a great idea.
Well, this is just a sampling of what is available for the gourmet –– and for the not-so-gourmet cook, like me.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of "Mystery of Color." For design inquiries, write to Rosemary at DsgnQuest@aol.com.