Most bakers know all-too-well just how much space is required when you’re dealing with dough, fondant, and large cookie trays. Whether you’re rolling pie crusts or dropping batter onto baking sheets it’s always much easier to accomplish these tasks when there’s room to spare.
1). Large Island – With a wide surface to spread out ingredients and still have ample space to roll, decorate, and mix, a large island is a must-have for any baker.
2). Natural Stone Counters – With all of the hot pans going in and out of the oven, a heat resistant counter top is critical; even one small forgetful moment with a hot pan can lead to permanent damage. Keep in mind that each type of natural stone counter top has its pros and cons (ie: Quartz is more heat resistant but not as harm resistant as Granite).
3). Outlets in the Island – If you do opt for a (hopefully large!) kitchen island, be sure to include outlets on either end. Whether for a stand or hand mixer, blender, electric dough extruder, etc, you will not regret having the convenience of close electrical connections nearby.
4). Double Oven – Convection ovens are a wonderful solution for anyone who doesn’t already have the space to add a double wall oven, but since you’re designing your own from scratch, considering adding it to the plans! Imagine baking twice as many items and saving half of the time; there’s no other way around it, double ovens are incredible time savers. Also, they allow home builders the option of a cooktop VS a range increasing their kitchen storage!
5). Large Cabinetry – Every chef and baker has a large arsenal of tools required for them to create and assemble their culinary masterpieces, some of which can take up quite a bit of space. Consider wide and fairly deep drawers close to your work spaces, such as near the stove and within the island. Items should be placed within close proximity of the location they will be utilized so plan your cabinet and drawer sizes appropriately.