Cooking zone is often overlooked when it should be your top priority.But it is a very important part of the kitchen.For the cooking zone, place the kitchen hob near the sink for easy access to water when cleaning up. The workspace, which is the most important part of the kitchen, should preferably be placed between the hob and the kitchen sink; unless you have the luxury of having an island in your kitchen!
A hob is essential. You can do without an oven but regular cooking if your hob fails is difficult. Once hobs were purely functional, often forming part of the oven. Then they separated so that you could build in an oven at a higher level. This also offered you the choice of gas hob or electric oven (or vice versa). Gas hobs have traditionally been popular as they give more control and quicker heating than electricity.
The cooking zone is where fire enters the picture. Centered around the range or cooktop, this is the spot where stir-frys, spaghetti, and sauces sizzle. You may want to keep your microwave and toaster oven here as well. Include:
Deep drawers for pans
Shallower drawer for pot lids
Spice drawer (or cleverly hidden racks in pull out corbels that flank the cooktop)
Microwave cabinet for concealing and saving countertop space
Utensil drawer for spatulas and spoons
Include space for an adequate number of cleaning and drying supplies, as well as a convenient way to store clean dishware. Include:
Pullout rack to neatly tuck dishtowels
Plate rack for storing daily or occasional dinnerware
Undersink pullout for dishwashing detergent and cleaner
Tilt out sink tray for sponges and scrubbers
Foil box rack or drawer for aluminum foil, paper, and plastic wrap storage
Pullout drawer for Tupperware, divided for lids and containers
Don’t forget about the “dining zone.” Though there’s a lot more flexibility involved with designing your eating area, consider adding easily accessible storage for tablecloths, placemats, napkins, or infrequently used china.
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