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How Does Your Kitchen Score?

Room Design and Orientation Yes No
1. Are there areas available for ease in food preparation, cooking, serving, and clean-up?
2. Is "people traffic" directed away from the cook's activities?
3. Is there a casual dining / conversation area in the room?
Cabinetry Yes No
1. Do you like the color, style, and construction of your cabinets?
2. Is your cabinetry free of nicks, dents, failed finishes and odors?
3. Are all of the drawer boxes, glides, doors, hinges and knobs / pulls in good repair?
Storage Yes No
1. Does everything you need to be stored in your kitchen "have a home?"
  • - dishes, glassware, cutlery, serving items
  • - pots and pans, cooking utensils, bakeware, cutting boards, trays
  • - spices, oils, flavorings, coffee / tea, condiments
  • - storage containers, foils, mixing bowls, cutting boards
  • - groceries: dry goods, non-refrigerated fruits or vegetables, coffee and tea,
           pastas, canned goods, etc.
  • - napkins, placemats, towels, dish cloths, soaps, clean-up items
  • - small electrics: toaster, mixer, blender, food processor, etc.
  • - message center and electronics: phone, laptop, TV, charging station
  • - trash and recycling
2. Are your Items located near to where they are most likely to be used?
3. Are all cabinet areas easily reached, with helpful interior storage features?
  • - roll-outs, pull-outs, trash containers, spice drawers, mixer shelves,
           bins, cutlery dividers, plate pegs, etc.
Appliances Yes No
1. Are your appliances working properly? Easy to maintain?
2. Are your appliances conveniently located and easily accessible?
3. Do your cooking appliances meet your needs?
  • - convection, steam, speed and programmable ovens
  • - induction cooktops and microwave drawers
  • - professional and custom ranges with designer ventilation
4. Is your perishable food storage meeting your needs? Is it the right size, configuration?
  • - freshness is maintained properly, with well-configured shelves and bins
  • - proper wine and.or beverage storage
  • - clear ice maker
5. Do you have appliances that provide all of the functions you need?
  • - quiet dishwasher, warming drawer, coffee system, specialized ventilation
Countertops and Surfaces Yes No
1. Is there enough counter space, located where you need it, at the correct heights?
2. Are your countertops and backsplash aesthetically pleasing and in good condition?
3. Is the countertop and backsplash material easy to keep clean?
Fixtures and Mechanical Elements Yes No
1. Do you like the shapes of your sink(s) and are they located where you need them?
2. Do you like your faucet(s) and / or sprays, do they work well?
3. Do you have adequate task lighting? Switches and outlets?
How many "yes" did your kitchen score?
(results in BOLD)
19 - 20Congratulations! Perhaps you already have a DCI kitchen?
15 - 18Your kitchen is functional, however there may be opportunities for select improvements?
10 - 14It may be time for a well-needed update.
under 10Oh my, call us. You'll be glad you did!