Renters everywhere know that a good kitchen is hard to find… and extremely valuable when you finally do. To really have a kitchen that works, you either need to build it to spec or use what you have cleverly. It’s also about what you bring to the space. Regardless of whether you’re renting or building, here are five things every good kitchen should have.
Having the right tools for the job is essential. Manufacturer websites, like the one run by Asko, are an excellent resource when researching kitchen appliances because they cover just about everything – ovens, kitchen cooktops, fridges, and dishwashers… the lot. Knowing things like size, shape, price ranges, and even build quality in advance will allow you to get the most optimal equipment for your money.
Having a wide range of quality cooking utensils is a must for any quality kitchen. Utensils can be anything from oven mitts to a quality set of kitchen knives to meat thermometers. These will facilitate the creation of any number of recipes and solve any prep problems as they crop up. Again, these tools come in all kinds of price ranges and levels of build quality, so you should absolutely spend some time researching online before making a purchase.
One area that many people seem to forget when building a kitchen is simply having enough space to move about in. This is so important, especially if you’re building an investment property to be rented out. A kitchen should be big enough to accommodate two or three people at a time for preparation of larger meals, or just to allow people to pass through the room during prep times without causing a pileup. Again, this is a frequent concern for the long-time renter.
A well-ventilated kitchen should be considered mission-critical. A properly installed rangehood above the cooktop to hoover up any smoke or steam and large windows nearby in case the rangehood isn’t able to catch it all are a must. You don’t want the house filling with smoke and accidentally setting off the smoke alarms when all you were trying to do was fry some bacon on a Sunday morning!
5. Waste Disposal
Proper waste disposal is another must-have for the kitchen, whether it’s in the form of an actual in-sink waste disposal system or just a nice, large bin nearby for tipping scraps, offcuts or vegetable peelings into. This helps you to perform that simplest of kitchen rituals: the ‘clean-as-you-go’ strategy. Cleaning up after yourself as you cook means much less washing up after the meal when you’ve got a full belly and would really rather watch some TV or go straight to sleep.
These are just a few of the things that could be considered for every kitchen, but everyone’s tastes are different. Everyone uses their kitchen for different things and that means what one person considers essential, another may not. What are your must-have items for the kitchen? Share your thoughts in the comments below.