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Kitchens Throughout the Years

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Let’s take a field trip through time – and examine the evolution of the “heart of the home” – the kitchen, over the past century (plus!). As it turns out, almost exactly 100 years ago in 1920, the modern kitchen as we know it was born. In that amount of time there have been many advances, both architectural and technological, that have brought us to where we are today.

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1837-1901: The Victorian Kitchen

During the reign of Queen Victoria in England the so-called Victorian Kitchen was relegated to the back of the house, where many women worked together, completely out of sight. The hallmarks of the Victorian Kitchen were:

• They were large and meant for constant use.
• They were oriented inwards, with a large workspace in the center of the room.
• No quartz countertops here! Cabinets and appliances were treated as furniture which matched the style of the rest of the house, rather than being fixed.

The legacy of the Victorian Era and its namesake kitchen would last well into the 20th Century.

1920’s: The Frankfurt Kitchen

The 1920’s marked the “most dramatic overhaul” of the Victorian Kitchen.
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, an Austrian architect, created a post WWI kitchen (originally intended to rebuild German cities) which was practical, efficient, and compact. Her revolutionary kitchen, known as the Frankfurt Kitchen, is now considered the prototype for modern-day fitted kitchens.

Main Features of The Frankfurt Kitchen

• Since it was compact, everything was in arms reach, saving time.
• It gave birth to the concept of the “Golden Triangle,” in which the cooker, refrigerator (or at that time, icebox), and sink are ideally placed for maximum efficiency.

Staple of the 1920’s kitchen: The Hoosier Cabinet

The Hoosier Cabinet sped meal delivery with metal-lined flour bins, cookbook holders, a calendar, a grocery list wheel, and a flour sifter, plus handy nutritional charts. It was a must-have for worker-bee wives and mothers.

Legacy of The Hoosier Cabinet

This popular piece of 1920’s furniture lives on in modern cabinets with blind-corner pullouts, built-in spice racks, and Tupperware organizers!

1940’s: The Integrated Kitchen

Starting in the 1940’s, Integrated kitchens significantly altered the look and feel of the space. No more free-standing sinks and Hoosier Cabinets; welcome home fully fitted cupboards, work surfaces, and appliances. In the 40’s, bright colors and decorative glass knobs were in vogue.

Main Features of the Integrated Kitchen

• Cabinets, walls, and countertops in cheery, vivid, contrasting colors — a departure from the all-white cabinets and counters of the sanitation-obsessed 20’s.
• Countertops and backdrops in decorative tile, with strong graphic patterns and ‘pops’ of color.
• The emergence of enamel metal appliances, often featuring bold colors.

Kitchen Appliances in the 1940’s

In the 1940’s, new technology made appliances more reliable and easier to use. Of special note is the introduction of the refrigerator to replace the icebox. Kitchens also featured stoves, broilers, ovens, and small appliances to make cooking and tasks easier.

1950’s: The English Rose Kitchen

While the earlier half of the 20th century was focused on ergonomics and sanitation, the latter half focused on aesthetics. Further, after years of being relegated to “the back of the house,” the English Rose Kitchen brought the space front and center. In the 1950s the English Rose Kitchen became the pinnacle of interior fashion.

Main Features of the English Rose Kitchen

• Sleek Cabinetry
• Built-in appliances
• Streamlined style
• “Matchy-matchy” color scheme. Although in the 1950’s they did not have the luxury of quartz countertops like we do today, homeowners had fun with decorating and chose lively, colorful motifs.
• A hefty price tag, which made it all the more desirable

Today, the English Rose Kitchen “is hailed as an iconic design of its time.” It’s design elements lasted through the end of the century.

Legacy of the English Rose Kitchen

Kitchen islands, double ovens, and separate cooktops.

21st Century and Beyond

Today, the kitchen is truly the heart of the home. It is a gathering place for friends and family who cook and eat together in its wide-open space. “Homeowners want their kitchens to be spacious, light, practical and stylish, with space for cooking, eating, relaxing and working.”

Main Features of the Modern Kitchen

• Ultra-modern appliances
• Simple and unadorned cabinetry
• Modern quartz countertops
• Kitchen wall tiles
• Bright, optimistic colors
• Recessed lighting

The Future of Kitchen Design

Design Trends

The 1920’s are about to have a major moment: Think smaller kitchens with practical elements. This time around, they will be packed with high-grade, chef-level equipment.

Gadgets

Gadgets like self-cleaning ovens, boiling water taps, and instant ice machines are already common. What could possibly be next? Even more high-tech devices, of course! There will be things like refrigerators that re-order your milk when it can sense you’re running low, and forks that send you a signal to eat more slowly. The “internet of things,” or IoT, is just around the corner!

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Kitchen Design for Foodies

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food·ie
/ fo͞odē/
Noun informal
A person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.

Mentions of the term “foodie” have gone up 300% since 1980. Are you a foodie?

If you are designing your kitchen to work flawlessly and be a joy to cook in, a new design could be worth the investment. While certain upgrades – like a second sink or high-Btu range – will up the price of your kitchen remodel, there are lots of storage ideas and design tricks that don’t cost a penny and just require sound planning.

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A Kitchen to Suit the Cook

A true ‘cook’s kitchen’ works efficiently. Meaning, it should be “organized to accommodate cooking, cleanup, and storage — without you constantly having to double-back,” explains Jan Weimer, a Los Angeles-based restaurant consultant.

While professional kitchens are divided into work zones defined by those three activities, you can accomplish your goal without being too formal. For example, cleanup and wet-prep can share one space, but separate them by installing two sinks. Create another, separate, dry area to store baking and cooking items. A lot of it comes down to personal preference – plan your kitchen according to how your work and what you like to cook.

Appliances that Make you Tick

Ranges and Cooktops

Most professional cooks would recommend a gas stovetop with a high-Btu burner for optimal home-cooking. These ranges come with many good options – like sealed burners and anti-tipping devices – as well as features you really won’t need – such as a ‘simmer’ setting. You get what you pay for, so make sure you are getting what you really want and not what is not useful.

Ovens

Most serious bakers provide “separate, even-heat double electric ovens. If that describes you, make sure at least one of the ovens is equipped with a broiler that provides at least 3,000 watts of cooking power.” Also, remember porcelain interiors are easier to clean.

Dishwashers

Where you place the dishwasher in your kitchen is more important than the brand you buy. Depending on your layout, two good options could be at the side of a single sink or in-between dual sinks.

Refrigerators

“Many serious cooks think they need built-in refrigeration,” Weimer says, “but these units are both costlier and shallower than freestanding models. And they often don’t accommodate large items, like a turkey.”

Questions to ask yourself before buying a refrigerator include:

• How big is your family?
• Do you often cook for/ entertain two or more?
• How often do you shop?

Many avid cooks shop every day, reducing the need for a large refrigerator. The bonus for choosing a smaller refrigerator? You will gain a few extra feet of counter space. For the most beautiful and durable counters, choose Vadara quartz kitchen countertops.

Store Your Treasures

Foodies and people who love to cook store more pots, cooking tools – and food! – than other homeowners. The solution? Put your seldom-used items (like the heart-shaped cake pan and all the Christmas cooking supplies) in the basement and keep your everyday tools within reach.

Special Tips on Installing Cabinets

• In general, stay away from open shelves (which gather dust easily)
• Always opt for adjustable shelves inside cabinets
• Try to store every item near its first point of use (sauté pans near the range; pasta pots near the sink)
• Include a bank of drawers for small items like cookie cutters and vegetable peelers

Sinks and Faucets, Anyone?

The sink is widely acknowledged to be the most used workstation in the kitchen. If two or more cooks regularly work together in your house, consider installing two sinks. “Choose the largest single-bowl that fits,” Weimer suggests. But stick with square and rectangular bowls – rounded ones can cut into your work area. Consider the different types of faucets which might work for you.

Surfaces You’ll Love So Much, You Could Eat Off Them

Easy-to-clean surfaces are especially crucial for serious cooks. Vadara quartz kitchen countertops are not porous- resisting water, chemical, and stain absorption easily and effectively. Likewise, stainless steel sinks are stain resistant and stand up to abrasive cleaners.

Countertops for Any Purpose

“The kitchen should be as clean as an operating room; think surfaces you can scrub.” The best solution for foodies is to use a mix of countertop surfaces. Vadara quartz countertops are the best choice for kitchen islands and other all-purpose areas. For your dedicated workstations, choose a surface appropriate to the task. For example, butcher block is ideal for kneading dough, marble is what you want if you are making confections, and ceramic tile is a great heatproof surface around the oven range.

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When it’s Time to Remodel Your Kitchen

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How do you know when it’s time to remodel your kitchen? Summer has arrived and with the high heat comes the time for dinner parties, barbecues, and get-togethers. Impress your friends and family this season with a new, popular German kitchen in Los Angeles, or a classic design with a lovely backsplash; perfect for entertaining. If you’re ready to find out whether it’s time to remodel your kitchen, explore this informative guide below!

Wear and Tear

If your kitchen cabinets or counters have seen better days, it may be time for an upgrade. Cabinets often begin to wear near the handles and hinges, although a complete surface wear is also not uncommon. Your counters are also prone to surviving significant damage around the corners and even on the surface. Countertops that are not made of marble or other heavy stone are easily warped from hot plates or food stains. Additionally, the corners can suffer from wear if they have been hit during a move or through normal kitchen activities throughout the years.

If your cabinets and counters show signs of warping or need significant repairs, you may be ready for a complete remodel.

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Workspace Flow

If your kitchen is often full of several cooks or kids, it could be hectic when your kitchen doesn’t have a great flow. Heavy traffic areas should be clear of any excess counters or chairs and they work best when the pathway is wide enough to let two people by at once. If your kitchen space is not necessarily quick or easy to access, a remodel could help free up the flow of traffic.

Kitchen Location

Is your kitchen area located in the best room of your house? If you use your kitchen heavily, it is important that the space you need can be easily accessed and has room to be expanded. A solution to an unstructured kitchen could be the relocation of the entire room. Choosing to swap your kitchen with a family room could be universally beneficial for you and your family. This process would give you the chance to update to modern furnishings and appliances, as well as allow you to have the space you desire to make your kitchen an amazing room.

Accessibility

Every kitchen should be outfitted with the right ingredients and tools to create amazing food daily. If you, your spouse or your children can’t get to the food or the tools efficiently, your kitchen and cooking suffers. Also, if you have any disabilities in your household, kitchen accessibility is a necessary factor to consider.

German Kitchen

Sleek lines bring a modern and clean look to any area and the available features can be customized to fit your accessibility needs. No matter your budget or personality, a German kitchen redesign can benefit your lifestyle and needs to give you an incredible new workspace.

The best way to determine whether it’s time for you to remodel your kitchen, is to write down all of your problem areas. Make a list of the things you love about your kitchen, and a list of things that you would want to be different. If the changes are simple like countertops or cabinets, a simple remodel can effectively spruce the room. If your problem areas are more extensive, a complete remodel may be in your best interest. If you are looking to install a German kitchen in Los Angeles, contact the talented team at Kitchenworks LA and schedule a phone call or meeting today.