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8 Basic Elements of Commercial Kitchen Design

The success of your kitchen design depends on several basic factors: receiving, storage, refrigeration, preparation and cooking, clean up, space, lighting, and flooring.

  • Receiving Is your receiving area large enough to handle volumes of products being delivered on a daily basis? Do you have enough scales, handcarts and material handling equipment?
  • Storage Do you have enough space to store products needed on a daily basis? How often can you get deliveries from your purveyors? Analyze how many food items and supplies you will need to help determine storage space.
  • Refrigeration Is your refrigerator large enough to chill both fresh and bulk products? Is the ice machine sized properly? It’s vital that you have adequate space for refrigeration.
  • Prep and Cooking Do you have the right equipment to prep and cook food? Will your cooking equipment be able to execute your menu efficiently? A seafood restaurant may need more fryers, for example, while an Italian-style or fine dining establishment may need more sauté ranges. Take a look at the type of food you will be serving and make your decisions based on the menu
  • Clean Up Is your dishwashing equipment able to handle the volume of dishes coming back from the dining room? How many different types of plates will you have? A diner for example, may have one style of plates for all menu items, while a fine dining establishment may have different plates for each item. Is the dish room in close proximity to the dining room to avoid unnecessary steps? Is there enough storage for clean dishes? Are there enough areas where waste receptacles can be stored? Is there enough space to handle the volume of daily waste?  Is there an adequate amount of hand sinks throughout the kitchen?
  • Space Do you have wide, obstruction-free walkways? Is there enough space to avoid hazardous working conditions? Do you have adequate aisle space in front of cooking surfaces?
  • Lighting Is the lighting bright enough to allow staff to properly and safely complete their tasks? Is there enough lighting in both the front and the back of the house?
  • Flooring and Kitchen Surfaces Is the flooring strong enough to support heavy equipment such as refrigeration and cooking equipment? Is the flooring able to avoid water from building up on the floor? Are there enough floor drains? Floors, walls and ceilings should be smooth, non-absorbent and easy to clean.

These eight elements are critical to efficient commercial kitchen design. Making sure you factor in all of these items will help optimize productivity in your restaurant.

5 Design Trends for 2015!

design trends pic 5 Design Trends for 2015!Marjan Stone would like to share the latest trends in home decorating that define modern ideas for creating unique, rich and beautiful decorating. This collection of home decor accessories and lighting fixtures demonstrate the latest trends and offer inspiring items for creating attractive and stylish interior decorating.

1. What’s That Up There?

It’s that one ‘wall’ above that most people neglect. This year, experience color in a way you might not have thought possible by including the ceiling in your design plan.

Bright colors are on trend for 2014. Kill two trends with one stone and add a pop of color on your ceiling.

If committing to a super intense, bright color isn’t your thing, you can try the ways of our ancestors and add a tin ceiling or maybe a low-key graphic wallpaper.

2.  Bright Cabinets

Kitchen renovations yield the highest dollar return on the sale of a home.

Changing your kitchen cabinets to a more brighter hue will not only make your home stand out among the rest, it’ll create a happy, colorful environment.

3. Techno-riffic

The U-socket is the universe’s gift to the iDevice(s) in your home.

This year make your life and that of your iPhone’s even better by replacing some of the outlets in your home with one of these little gems.

4. Resort Style Bathrooms

If you’ve ever gone on vacation and wished your bathroom was exactly like the zen retreat you just walked into, you’re not alone.

This year people are ditching vintage and modern styles for resort style bathrooms. Curb-less showers and stand alone tubs are some of the design choices homeowners are opting for.

Now, all you need is the perfect view.

5. Don’t Forget About The Furry Ones

Sure your name is on the mortgage statement, but who are we kidding, it’s your pet that owns the house. They may be small in stature, but they deliver big in our hearts.

This year, reward your pet for bringing you an endless stream of entertainment, love and affection by keeping them in mind during your renovation.

Countertop Types: An Overview

clean granite pic v2 Countertop Types: An OverviewThose of us who love watching home renovation shows often fantasize about the dream kitchen.

The giant, cutting-edge fridge. The sleek Viking oven. The kitchen island — and above it, copper pots and pans hung from the ceiling like a culinary chandelier.

But what sort of countertop should you have installed?

Countertop material comes down to about six different types. Here’s a brief description of each:

  • Solid surfaces are made of acrylic, polyester or a combination of both. They’re resistant to stains and scratches and easy to repair.
  • Plastic laminate might be more familiar to you by the name Formica. It’s a durable material available in many colors, textures and patterns.
  • Ceramic tile isn’t used as often as it was in the past because most people prefer a seamless countertop.
  • Wood has also fallen out of popularity, due to the mistaken perception that it harbors bacteria. These countertops also require a lot of maintenance.
  • Concrete countertops resemble slabs of natural stone, and can be precast and cured at the manufacturer.
  • Natural stone is a very popular trend among homeowners and will continue to be timeless. It includes granite, marble, soapstone, and quartzite.
  • Quartz is currently one of the most popular options, given its durability and non-existent maintenance.

Once upon a time, granite was only found in very high-end kitchens. It’s still not cheap, but not as expensive as it used to be, due to its popularity and availability. People love granite because no two pieces are alike. It comes in all different mottled colors, both bright and deep, with variegated streaks and stripes.

Are you thinking about having granite countertops installed in your kitchen? Or are you hesitant because you’ve heard granite countertops are high maintenance?

Well, they’re not, really. Just follow these steps to keep your granite countertops clean, and you’ll be admiring your investment for years to come.