Story by Jeanie Erwin
Whether it is because of a cultural trend celebrating the artistry of home cooking, or a design trend redefining traditional, kitchens have come of age and today provide customer-centric options that merge design and use flawlessly.
According to Lloyd Doolittle of Doolittle Distributing Inc., homeowners, contractors, architects and designers are finally free to truly customize kitchens based on use but centered on beauty.
“Like most everything, kitchen design is evolutionary. Kitchens, in general, are larger. Home cooks also have many affordable cooking options to choose from… gas, electric and magnetic induction burners, griddles, indoor gas grills, French tops, gas or electric convection ovens, microwaves, warming drawers, infrared broilers, salamanders, steamers, steam ovens, fryers and many more. All these choices make the basic concept of the “kitchen triangle” between the stove, sink and refrigerator obsolete. Multiple work areas are the norm in modern kitchens,” Doolittle explained.
Since kitchens have become a more integrated focal point in design and use, the demand for efficient space saving options has increased. One of the ways the industry is meeting this demand is through modular refrigeration or multiple undercounter refrigeration stations that place what you need, where you need it.
“Undercounter refrigeration stations feature highly customizable temperature settings and allow each unit to be specifically tasked to meet a specific need. They can be set to store meat and cheeses, produce, dry goods and even root vegetables, all at the ideal temperature, maximizing preservation. Fresh fruits and vegetables can now be stored near the prep sink and dry goods near the oven. Red, white and sparkling wine can be stored near the dining room at the ideal temperature…same with beer, soda and water. A “quick chill” feature rapidly cools food and beverages to a desired setting.”
Modular refrigeration systems allow home cooks to fully utilize their space; placing the products they need in the spaces in which they are prepared. We fully expect to see this seamless design option become increasingly popular as more residents want what was once traditionally considered a commercial application.