A true baking aficionado knows that you can never have too much equipment. Most kitchens, however, aren’t designed to accommodate a baker’s extensive needs. We believe that your kitchen should help you rather than hinder you in all your culinary endeavors. If you’re baking mad and would like a kitchen that caters to your talent, there are more than a few ways you can help yourself out. Here are some of our top kitchen remodeling trends for the baking obsessed.
Bespoke storage space
The art of baking comes with a long list of necessary equipment, including trays, cooling racks, appliances, utensils, dry ingredients, spices, and so much more. If you find that your kitchen just doesn’t have room for all your baking accessories, why not create room for them? Vertical drawers and cabinets with built-in dividers offer designated spaces for your tools while utilizing space in the best way possible. If you can’t splurge on bespoke cabinetry, tiered storage racks offer an inexpensive solution for any space issues you have while holding equipment of all shapes and sizes.
As far as storage is concerned, a pantry is a godsend for bakers. A well-organized pantry with plenty of shelving and cabinets gives you a place for all your essentials while freeing up space in the kitchen for food preparation and cooking. If your pantry leaves you feeling stressed about space, a complete overhaul just might do the trick. Shelving at varying heights and depths will store lesser used appliances, supplies, and dry ingredients while making the best use of space. Our top tip? Make sure to organize your pantry! A label maker really comes in handy here and will save you tons of time searching when baking.
If you’re obsessed with baking, you probably have enough cookbooks to open your own book store. Find a place to store and display these invaluable treasures without taking up space on your kitchen counter. Open shelving units above your workspace are perfect for cookbook storage, but there are plenty of other more creative ways to display your collection. Choose or build a kitchen island with end storage, or install a few wall hanging floating shelves to free up space elsewhere. With your cookbooks in full view, you’ll be more likely to pick them up and try something new.
While there is an appliance for virtually everything these days, bakers know that some are more important than others. If you have room left in your remodeling budget, now is the time to splurge on that KitchenAid artisan mixer you’ve been eyeing for years. Upgrading your oven is another top priority, since certain ovens offer a better, more even bake than others. Professional bakers swear by easy access, sliding door models, but double wall mounted ovens will let you bake more than one thing at a time. Also consider upgrading to a convection or fan oven, which is a baking favorite as it tends to bake more evenly and quickly.
New countertops and sink
If you’re replacing or installing new countertops, keep in mind that the material you use will affect your bakes. Marble and stone are better for pastry prep than wood, since they naturally stay at a cooler temperature and have smooth, grain free surfaces. Another thing to consider here is the height of your counters, making sure you will be able to comfortably work from whatever height you choose. Complete your countertop remodel with a large, deep sink – we love this farmhouse style – that will make the cleanup process much easier to deal with.
Before your kitchen renovation is complete, check that your electrics are up to professional baking standards. More appliances means more plugs, so make sure you have more than enough around the kitchen. As far as lighting is concerned, bright spotlights and under cabinet recessed lights will help you as you bake, especially late at night. Finally, if you’re particularly tech savvy, consider creating a space to access recipes and tutorial videos from your laptop or tablet that is secure and away from your preparation area.
Top Kitchen Remodel Trends for the Baking Obsessed, is a guest post written by Kaitlin Krull from Home Improvement Leads.