SaveEmail 4. Induction cooktops. Induction cooking has been popular in Europe for many years, unlike here in the United States, where cooking with natural gas is preferred. With induction cooking, the energy is generated by a metal coil beneath the surface of the glass cooktop. When turned on, the coil produces an electromagnetic current only when it comes in contact with magnetic cookware. This current heats the bottom of the magnetic pan and cooks the food it contains. Induction is safe — the cooktop is cool to the touch when the cookware is removed. It’s also fast. Water boils in under two minutes. One way to introduce induction cooking into your kitchen is to add a burner or two. This kitchen has a gas range plus a small induction cooktop in the island.
Glassware is commonly stored in the wall cabinet closest to the sink. With less upper cabinetry, the dilemma of where to put the glasses arises. Consider using a drawer or rollout shelf, as seen here. Drawers are overlooked when it comes to glass storage. To make it work, just line the bottom of each drawer or rollout with a nonslip rubber liner.
Install a deep, elevated sink. A deep sink comes in handy in the laundry room. Most standard sinks range between 8 and 10 inches in depth. The 12¾-inch bowl depth in this laundry room allows for scrubbing and spraying to minimize splashing water outside of it. (These sinks can also do double duty as pet bathing stations.) The problem with a deep sink installed in a standard 36-inch countertop relates to ergonomics. It causes you to stoop over to reach the sink bottom. For example, if you take the 12¾-inch depth of this sink and subtract it from the average 36-inch countertop height, that’s only 23¼ inches high. Measure up from the floor and see where that dimension hits your body — probably somewhere on your thigh! If you’re going to install a deep sink, make sure it’s elevated. The one shown here was designed with a height of 42 inches, making its interior bottom surface 29¼ inches, about the comfortable height of a dining table.
This kitchen has employed both techniques: wood floors and wood cabinets. See how it practically glows due to the wood tones? And yet the shapes are classic contemporary: slab-front cabinets, a mix of cabinetry without hardware and with simple bar pulls, a sleek faucet. The wood is doing its job here, warming up the space.
a kitchen table built right into an island, they asked for something similar for their own open kitchen. They also wanted chairs for the kids, as opposed to counter stools. “We found the base and then designed a table, matching the finish to the chairs,” Hammel says. “The darker color matches the floors and provides a nice contrast with the all-white kitchen.”
contractor remove the soffits so the new wall cabinets could be taller — 40 inches, compared with the original cabinets, which were 30 inches tall. He added crown molding to the cabinets, which serves multiple purposes. It closes the gap between the cabinets and the ceiling, hides slight imperfections in the ceiling and gives the cabinets a more custom look.
A smart place to consider building a ledge is the kitchen, where we often need a little extra functionality. Backsplash ledge. Here’s a great example of a backsplash ledge made out of listellos, a tile finishing piece. The ledge is deep enough to accommodate kitchen items such as small potted plants, spices or bottles, perhaps filled with soap or hand lotion.
They wanted a dedicated workstation with all the necessary equipment, such as knives and pans, to be readily available when at the stove,” Middleton says. “They also wanted a durable, honed black granite worktop here instead of oak.” As well as open shelving and racks for bowls and kitchen gear, the island incorporates three end drawers to stash cutlery, napkins and placemats. These are perfectly positioned for when the couple are setting up to eat in the adjacent dining room.