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Inside Chef Brad Miller’s THOR Kitchen

We’ve teamed up with celebrity chef Brad Miller for an epic partnership! Miller will be firing things up as our newest brand ambassador, using his own suite of THOR Kitchen appliances to create exclusive recipes and offer giveaways to fans and foodies alike. Check out what he’s got with this exclusive kitchen sneak peek. Read more about our partnership with Chef Brad Miller here.

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Check out the products featured in Ched Brad Miller’s new THOR Kitchen!

30 Inch Professional Gas Range

The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Liquid Propane Range is a stainless-steel machine that is designed with professional features and functionality. This powerful range has 4 burners including an 18,000 BTU single burner, a 15,000 BTU dual burner and two 12,000 BTU single burners giving you the flexible cooktop you’ve been dreaming about. Learn more here.

 

36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator

Let’s keep everything as cool, crisp, cold and/or frozen as the recipe calls for, shall we? Answering the call is THOR Kitchen’s 36 Inch Professional French Door Refrigerator. Inside is where the magic happens, you’ll find two freezer drawers, a full-width chiller drawer and a Dual Cooling system that separates the refrigerator and freezer zones.  Moisture, odor transfer and freezer burn? Gone. Compliments on meals? Way, way up. Learn more here.

 

24 Inch Dual Zone Indoor/Outdoor Wine Cooler

This beautifully designed 24 Inch Dual Zone Wine Cooler can be used for entertaining indoors or outside in your outdoor kitchen. It features two temperature-controlled zones that help preserve the flavor and integrity of individual wines. There’s a special zone for whites and a separate zone for reds. The 46 wine bottle capacity can easily fit a full selection of wines. Learn more here.

 

Outdoor Kitchen Pizza Oven and Cabinet

The THOR Kitchen Wood Burning Pizza Oven adds smokey and savory flavor to any recipe, featuring a classic ceramic pizza stone and flue damper to control heat flow. It comes equipped with a pizza cutter, pizza peel, pizza/pie server, brush – and has a handy accessories rack to store it all (What is an artist without his tools?). An extra large, bottom storage cabinet is the perfect place to store your extra supplies and grilling essentials. Buon appetite! Learn more here.

5 Fabulous Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

5 fabulous outdoor kitchen ideas

This time of year, we find ourselves outdoors more than we are indoors. And why not? The weather is beautiful with lots of sunshine and warmth. And the longer days mean that eating dinner and entertaining outdoors just becomes natural. So, in preparation for summer shenanigans, get-togethers, and everything in between, now is a great time to try out some new outdoor kitchen ideas. Just like your indoor kitchen appliances, an outdoor kitchen comes with many benefits:

-Extends your living and entertaining space

-Keeps smells outdoors

Lowers your energy bill

-Provides convenience when hanging out outdoors

-Adds value to the home

And that is just to name a few. So, if you would like to add an outdoor kitchen to your space, but you don’t know where to start, keep reading. We’ve got five fabulous outdoor kitchen ideas to help you get started.

What’s Included in an Outdoor Kitchen?

No longer does an outdoor kitchen include just a grill. Or even a grill and a small table. And, while there is no set checklist for an outdoor kitchen that you have to have in order to call it an outdoor kitchen, the idea is to create a kitchen (yes, much like your indoor kitchen) but outside. Instead of a range, you have a grill. But you need countertops and storage space. You will also benefit greatly from a sink and a refrigerator, too.

Having this in a designated area in your backyard can make it feel more like an outdoor kitchen. You can choose the size of the space, the layout, and whether or not you want to add an island based on the space you have. But one thing you do need is an entertainment space to go alongside it. After all, what good is an outdoor kitchen if you can’t enjoy the meal under the stars? Create a space to have drinks, food, and fun all right in your backyard.

Keep in mind that it is a good idea to extend your interior design into your outdoors so that it flows smoothly and beautifully.

modular outdoor kitchen

Thor Kitchen’s Outdoor Kitchen Suite

When you have an idea that will take your backyard to new heights, Thor Kitchen’s outdoor kitchen suite is just what you need to pull the look together. If you are looking for a combination of classy and elegance topped with durability and functionality, look no further. 

 This kitchen suite comes with several key pieces, including: 

Gas BBQ Grill:

A 32-inch 4-burner gas grill with rotisserie can be there for you when cooking any meal. This stainless steel grill has stellar LED-lit knobs, halogen lights (much-needed for nighttime grilling), easy moving, and the ability to use either propane or natural gas. It sits perfectly on an outdoor kitchen BBQ grill cabinet with its two storage drawers and bottom storage cabinet.

Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet:

Having a sink in your outdoor kitchen isn’t mandatory, but it sure is convenient. Whether you are prepping food, washing dishes, or just looking for a place to wash your hands, this stainless steel kitchen sink cabinet with storage space comes in handy.

Pizza Oven and Cabinet:

Why? Well, why not? If you have never cooked a pizza (or anything, for that matter) in a pizza oven, then you are in for a real treat. This stainless steel wood-burning pizza oven blends in well with the other pieces of this suite while delivering a delicious pie every time. It also comes with storage so that you can keep all your pizza utensils organized.

24 Inch Indoor/Outdoor Refrigerator:

As a potential add-on to the suite, having a refrigerator can be incredibly beneficial to your outdoor kitchen. Not only does it make it convenient for cold drinks, but it is great for storing condiments, spreads, or anything you may need for cooking. Perhaps a 46-bottle wine cooler may be more suitable for your needs?

All of these items are meant to stand up to outdoor weather conditions and continue to look magnificent any day of the year.

Five Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Try

Ready to enjoy life and make some lifelong memories? Let’s take a look at some kitchen ideas that can incorporate this kitchen suite and make it your own. 

1. Modern Outdoor Kitchen

For those who don’t have a lot of extra space, but are looking to create a kitchen outdoors, a simple wood-paneled island will work. This can be built next to or around your kitchen suite, bringing you a designated cooking area as well as a prep area, too. 

The modern look is in the wood paneling paired with a stone countertop and a stainless steel grill, cabinet, sink, etc.

2. Patio Dining – and Relaxing

What if you could turn your backyard into a dining and relaxation space? It can be the ultimate hangout spot. Add your kitchen appliances and countertops, but don’t stop there. You can have a seating area, a dining table, a fireplace, a television, and the like. Make it cozy as if you were relaxing in your living room watching the game. 

3. An Outdoor Bar

Along with your grill, why not build up your countertop and turn it into a bar? Add some nice barstools and use a wine cooler to store your drinks. You can decorate your bar any way you want. You can create a tropical It’s 5 o’clock somewhere vibe, turn it into an Irish pub, or leave it a modern, sleek space. 

4. Contemporary Outdoor Dining

To create a contemporary space, you can combine the shiny, sleek look of the stainless steel appliances with neutral pavers. Add some pizazz with a backsplash behind the grill. A stone island can seal the deal. 

Be sure to extend the look into the dining area, too, so that it remains uniform. 

5. Don’t Forget the Must-Haves

When designing the ultimate outdoor kitchen, you cannot forget to include the must-haves, such as: 

-Lighting

-Space to move around freely

-Comfortable seating

-Overhead covering (at least partial)

-Fireplace or heaters to extend the use of the space

-Entertainment, such as a tv or music/speakers

Bring Your Outdoor Kitchen Ideas to Life with THOR Kitchen

Summer only comes once each year, but with the right outdoor kitchen ideas and design, you can make use of your outdoor space all year long. Get started on yours today by finding a dealer near you! And if you’re feeling extra creative, try out our Builder & Designer Program!

For more information, contact THOR Kitchen.

5 Kitchen Upgrades that Add Value to Your Home

5 kitchen upgrades that add value to your home

Ask yourself – if you were buying your home all over again, what would you look for in the kitchen? What would you change now that would make the kitchen more enticing and functional? Is there a design flaw in the layout? Could your appliances need an upgrade? Do your cabinets need a makeover? Are there any kitchen upgrades that add value to your home?

When it comes to kitchen upgrades that add value to your home, it is not always about the most expensive option or the trending new idea. Efficiency, functionality, appearance, and beneficial features all play a role.

We’ve searched high and low for the five kitchen upgrades that will add value to your home.

1. Luxury Kitchen Appliances

Luxury kitchen appliances make a difference when it comes to upgrading your kitchen. You want your appliances to not only do the basic function they are designed for, such as having a refrigerator keep your perishables from perishing, but you also want to expand your horizons a little more. In other words, a focus on luxury appliances with must-have features should be on the menu.

Sticking with refrigerators, consider Thor Kitchen’s 36-inch professional French door refrigerator with an ice and water dispenser. This unit not only gives you space to fill up with groceries and keep them fresh, but it also makes it easy to hold everything you buy, thanks to flexible storage space – including adjustable racks and shelves.

Another luxury kitchen appliance is Thor Kitchen’s 48-inch dual fuel range. This unit has six powerful burners and a griddle. It uses only the best heat for each cooking method – gas for the stove and electric for the oven. Not to mention that its blue porcelain interior boldly sets it apart from the rest.

Think you can’t find a luxury dishwasher? Think again. Thor Kitchen has one. This unit knows just how dirty your dishes are – and it adjusts its wash cycle accordingly. Plus, you can adjust or even remove the racks if needed to accommodate any size of dishes you are washing. Most dishwashers are too basic to handle this task.

Do you see a pattern? Your kitchen may have all the appliances, but by adding luxury kitchen appliances that go above and beyond the call of duty, they can boost your home’s value.

2. A Layout That Just Makes Sense

A home can be beautiful and perfect – but a kitchen with a terrible layout can make or break a sale. Whether the kitchen wasn’t on the high priority list when it was built, or a lot of miscalculations or lack of planning happened, it is not too late.

A layout that just makes sense is important. You want to keep a flow between the prep space, the sink, refrigerator, and range. Doors should be able to open freely and without obstruction. You should be able to prep near your range and still have easy access between the stove, the sink, and the prep area.

Sometimes adding an island may be necessary to provide more space. Sometimes removing an island can make the kitchen run more efficiently and smoothly. It all comes down to space. Talking to someone with kitchen design experience may give you some pointers on ways to tweak the layout, so it adds value.

3. Don’t Neglect Your Countertops

Your kitchen counters are as important as other areas of your kitchen. And giving them a new look can transform the look of your kitchen. Though you cannot just settle for any countertops – they should be a high-quality countertops that will always continue to look great no matter how much space is used. A few common options are granite, concrete, quartz, or laminate. An expert can help you determine the best choice for your kitchen.

You may be surprised at how much a change to your counters can actually improve the overall look and feel of your kitchen. And, of course, improve your home’s value.

4. Stainless Steel Appliances For the Win

Stainless steel is timeless. This classic metal is one that shines beautifully on the appliances in your kitchen. It is resistant to fingerprints, and when sticky fingers or smears of chocolate pudding make their way onto the surface or handles, they are very easy to clean.

While keeping the shine is a great perk of having stainless steel appliances, perhaps one of the best is that they fit with every type of design. Whether you are looking for a kitchen style that is modern, contemporary, farmhouse, cottage, traditional, elegant, or something else – you will be pleased to know that stainless steel appliances are a win. They fit any design style. So, if you are one who likes to change things up a bit – or you want to give sellers the perfect appliance for whatever their design style is – stainless steel appliances are the way to go!

5. Pro-Style Upgrades

Invest in appliances that will stand the test of time. When it comes to adding value to your home, start with the appliances. Don’t try to scrape by with the cheapest option on the market, but make a point to invest in pro-style upgrades.

Pro-style appliances are designed to withstand heavy use. They are durable and long-lasting, often surviving way beyond the life of regular appliances – and they can withstand heavy, continuous use without issue. These types of refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, and more are made close to a commercial quality but with a look perfect for a residential kitchen.

Finally, anyone in the real estate industry will tell you that stainless steel appliances have a fantastic ability to boost home values.

Shop Kitchen Upgrades that Add Value at Thor Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of your home – so giving it some much-needed attention can result in a real boost in your home’s value. Take the time to determine areas you can make a change, such as upgrading your refrigerator, range, dishwasher, and more to luxury, pro-style appliances. Stick to stainless steel appliances, opt for new countertops, and always – always – maintain a floor plan that will keep you moving about the space in the most efficient manner.

Looking to upgrade? Get started today! At Thor Kitchen, you can build and remodel with our Builder and Designer Program to create your dream kitchen — while enjoying exclusive discounts too!

For more information, find your nearest dealer or contact us anytime.

January 27, 2022 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Kitchen Layout Ideas that Work

kitchen layout ideas

We all dream of having that perfect home with the perfect kitchen. You know, the one where you cook alongside your significant other in the early years of your relationship and then grow as a family, watching your children blossom – heading out for the first day at school or their first dance, struggling with homework, raiding the refrigerator with friends for a snack before dinner, and so on. Simply put, memories are made in the kitchen.  

Whether you are looking to remodel your current kitchen or you are having a home built from the foundation up, you don’t want to skimp on the heart of the home, the kitchen. And, although the appliances are going to ultimately make or break it, you must first settle in on the perfect layout

The Importance of a Layout

There are many aspects of a kitchen that bring the whole look -and experience – together. The flooring and cabinetry, for instance, play a big part in the way it looks. The paint and decor do, as well. The appliances are a different story – they may not only be viewed aesthetically, but functionally, as well. The way the doors open, the sizing, the finish…  all these things need to come together to form a beautiful, unified, and well-running kitchen. 

Consider This About Your Kitchen Layout

Before we get into specific design layouts of kitchens, there are a few things you need to consider in order to be happy with the outcome of your kitchen layout. Sometimes we can get so focused on what we want it to look like that we don’t stop and consider that life is going to revolve around and within this kitchen – and we need to plan for it. 

Control the traffic. You already know that kitchens are one of the most high-traffic spots in the home, especially if there is a door from the outside leading in. The counter space makes it the perfect space to hold mail, school papers, backpacks, purses, and so forth. Walk in the room, drop it, and, unfortunately, leave it. This can make a space look very cluttered. By creating a mudroom or something similar before you enter the kitchen, you can keep the clutter centralized – and out of the kitchen. 

Make Sense of Task Layout. You move around your kitchen cooking, cleaning. You grab food from the fridge and walk it to the sink or prep area. You then move on to the stove, grab plates, put used cooking utensils in the sink, then move all the dishes to the dishwasher. Think about how you work in your kitchen and have things placed conveniently – what if you had to carry your dirty dishes in the sink halfway across the kitchen to put them in the dishwasher? Or what if you had to walk around a table to get to the refrigerator. Convenience and ease of movement are crucial. 

Watch the Island. Having an island in your kitchen can be a great addition. But it is important to make sure that it leaves enough space between the island itself and the surrounding countertop and appliances. You will have to open refrigerator doors, open the oven, and so forth – you need to have adequate space. At the same time, you don’t want them so far apart that they are no longer convenient. 

Placing the Range. When deciding where to put your range, if possible you want to add it to an exterior wall – especially if building a new kitchen. A ventilation system will need to be installed and when it is on an exterior wall it is a much less labor-intensive job and, in turn, less expensive. 

Vertical Storage. You need a pantry to store food. You also need to have storage for cookware, bakeware, extra china, cleaning supplies, accessories, small appliances, and more. You may want to consider open shelving and wall hooks – or opt for large storage cabinets that open up with ample space. One big vertical storage space rather than a lot of little ones for storage may be a great option. 

Get a Clear Picture. If possible use a program that will allow you to create a 3-D image of your new kitchen. This will allow you to visualize it as a whole and see just how functional your design will be. It is much too costly to get it wrong the first time – and then have to renovate to fix your mistakes. Taking the time to make sure it is perfect before construction commences is the best way to go. 

Most Common Kitchen Layout Ideas

Now, speaking of layouts, there are a few common layouts that help create the flow of the kitchen so it is smooth and effective. Check them out: 

A One-Wall Kitchen. If wide-open spaces are your thing, then a one-wall kitchen with everything located against one wall may be your best bet. This works great in small spaces. 

The L-Shaped Kitchen. An L-shaped kitchen is one that looks like the letter L. Small or mid-sized kitchens work well with this layout, giving cabinet space and countertop while still having the option for an island, too. 

U-Shaped Kitchen. A horseshoe-shaped kitchen layout looks just like a U. There are three walls with cabinets and countertops with an island in the middle. These kitchens are often very roomy and offer a lot of prep and cooking space. 

Galley Kitchen. A galley kitchen layout has a countertop or wall on either side and a straight walkthrough in the middle. There is no island and no turns. It is the best, most efficient use of space – and it makes it easy to maneuver your way around the kitchen. 

We understand that having a new kitchen layout can be exciting – so can putting it all together. The important thing to remember is that you never want to just throw it together in a way you think will work. Instead, make sure that you have everything from countertops to cabinets to plumbing and appliances placed perfectly for the smoothest kitchen experience ever.  

January 18, 2022 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Incorporating the Pantone Color of the Year 2022 at Home

Pantone Color of the Year 2022

Some say dogs only see in black and white. Others believe it to be more like hues of blues and yellows. Either way, imagine going through life with the inability to see a full range of colors. It would be rather sad, wouldn’t it? 

Colors bring life to things. It has an impact on our mood and our motivation. It can drive us to do amazing things and feel good doing it or it can help us feel mellow and get a great night’s sleep. It doesn’t matter what room it is, you control the vibe in that room based on the color you place in it. 

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It is the place where you and your family spend so much time, whether intentional or not. It should be a room where you feel good and serene. You should want to feel encouraged to cook nourishing meals there. You should want to help your algebra student ace tomorrow’s exam. You should want to have that glass of wine with your bestie while catching up on the chaos of life. And, of course, you should want to have that romantic candlelit dinner with your person after the kids are fast asleep. 

The kitchen holds a lot of memories and a lot of secrets. It’s definitely a happening spot in your home – and it should be treated as such. Why not transform it with the Pantone Color of the Year 2022?

What is the Pantone Color of the Year 2022?

The Pantone Color Institute is composed of all types of marketers, designers, and creators that come together to give a splash of color to the world. They are known as being a defining voice in the design industry as well as for those looking to drive consumers. As we said, color can make you feel all sorts of ways. 

So, every year since 2000, this trusted voice unveils the color of the year. And this year, the color is Very Peri. It is like a rich color of periwinkle – but, whatever you do – don’t call it purple. 

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of The Pantone Color Institute, “As we move into a world of unprecedented change, the selection of Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri brings a novel perspective and vision of the trusted and beloved blue color family, “Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.”

Very Peri and Stainless Steel

If there were a million dollars in our back pocket we would be willing to bet that you have never considered adding the color periwinkle throughout your kitchen. But, what if you did? Just think about it!

Very Peri could find its way into your light fixtures, your walls, cabinetry, and more. Maybe even your kitchen table? It can be all around and be so dazzling. Just deciding to use the color in your kitchen pushes you to be bold, just like the psychology behind the color. How about that? 

Truth be told, having Very Peri in your kitchen could look really nice right next to some stainless steel appliances. Can you picture it? The deep color that it brings combined with the shiny stainless steel is a great combination. They compliment one another very well. 

There is no rule book that says you have to choose Very Peri for your kitchen. But, if you do, you don’t have to use a lot. Even small doses of this dominant color are all it takes for it to make a great first impression – and a lasting one, too. 

If you are ready and are interested in this color of the year, find ways to make it work in your kitchen. 

The Importance of Color in the Kitchen

We keep talking about how important color is in the kitchen because it is not something that is usually given a lot of thought. Sure, we think of things like the color of cabinets or flooring or countertops – but color, color? Not usually. But this one, often overlooked, piece of design can transform an entire space. 

Below are a few commonly used kitchen colors that you may want to consider, as well as the psychological meaning behind them. Who knew?

Black. Yes, it is dark. And sure, it doesn’t brighten up the place. But, black is always symbolic of elegance and sophistication. When placed in a kitchen alongside stainless steel appliances, it is stunning.

White. When we see white we think clean lines, clear or clarity, and pure. According to color psychology, a kitchen decked out in white looks clean and neat. 

Red. The color most associated with passion, red, is a positive, feel-good color. It can be eye-catching in a kitchen and completely transform a space simply because it demands attention. 

Yellow. Color psychology says this is the color of joy and happiness. It is also energizing. Yellow works great in brightening up a kitchen and works beautifully alongside stainless steel appliances. Besides – a shade of gray and yellow was Pantone’s colors last year so you know they pair well together.  

So, whether it is Very Peri or something else, consider the power of color in the kitchen. It really has more of an impact than you would think. 

Your Kitchen, Your Design

As kitchen experts, we know who ultimately has the final word when it comes to adding things to a kitchen – and that’s you. If you are very happy with your kitchen the way it is, then keep it. If you are looking for a change, then change it. Your color could be Very Peri or it could be something else entirely. Or maybe you prefer a plethora of colors. 

Sometimes staying on top of the trends can help you find something that makes you feel good. Since you and your family spend so much time in the kitchen you want it to be a nourishing place of warmth and comfort. It is up to you to decide if that includes Very Peri. 

November 10, 2021 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

Sustainable Kitchen Renovation Ideas

woman preparing food

Your kitchen sure is one popular place in the home, isn’t it? You spend a lot of time there cooking – and eating – but you also socialize with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company. Maybe it is where you help your kids with their homework. Maybe it is the spot where you and your significant other can quietly start your day or end your day while the kids are fast asleep. Or, maybe it is just the go-to spot for music, dancing, and easy access to drinks with your friends on a Saturday night. 

No matter what your kitchen space does for you, you need it to be comfortable and functional. And, sometimes that means it is time for a renovation. So before you go transforming your kitchen into the space of your dreams, why not opt to transform it into the space of your dreams – that is also sustainable? Do something good for yourself and the world around you.  

What Does a Sustainable Kitchen Look Like?

According to UCLA, sustainability is “the balance between the environment, equity, and economy.” And it means meeting “…the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” 

We all need to do our part. And we can start by renovating our kitchen to be more sustainable. So, what does a sustainable kitchen look like? 

A sustainable kitchen is one that is made using building materials that provide benefits to the environment, from the raw material, installation, and disposal. It also means having energy-efficient appliances and other items when possible – as well as bringing in ways to conserve water, provide better air quality, and repurpose items. 

There is so much you can do to make a kitchen more sustainable. Use some of these ideas to help you begin renovating your kitchen into something more sustainable. Are you ready? Let’s go make a difference!

Use Sustainable Raw Materials

When renovating your kitchen, you may consider adding new countertops, cabinets, and the like. If so, then opt for sustainable raw materials. These are options that not only work well through the years in your kitchen, but are natural resources that are renewed quickly, such as bamboo and oak. Plus they look fantastic, too. 

Energy Efficient Lighting

You need your kitchen to have sufficient lighting. You want to make sure you can see when you walk in the room, of course. But lighting is so much more important than that. You also need to make sure you have a healthy dose of lighting while cooking, working out that Algebra problem with your kid, and more. So, while you may not want to sacrifice your ability to see well to save energy, you can take steps to see well and be sustainable. 

LED lighting is a great choice – one that is becoming more and more popular in light sources around the world. Curious why LED lights are so sustainable? They give off much less CO2 emissions and greenhouse gasses than other lightbulb options. They shine bright and beautiful, illuminating everything just right. And, you will see a decrease in your electricity bill too, thanks to a reduction in the use of electricity. 

A Great Ventilation System

Healthy air is important. When renovating your kitchen, you never want to underestimate the power of having a great ventilation system. This not only breaks down all the nasty toxins floating around in your air, but it can reduce cooling costs and energy costs as a result. 

Every time you cook in your kitchen, there are all sorts of food particles escaping into the air.  Certain levels of carbon monoxide have also been found in everyday kitchens. By investing in a ventilation system, such as a range hood, you are taking steps to confirm that the combustion process is complete – and that the air you and your loved ones are breathing is healthy and safe. 

This helps you maintain a sustainable kitchen environment. 

Add Some Plants

As an additional means of cleaning the air and adding a sense of overall freshness, add some plants. Potted plants throughout the kitchen offer sustainability. They are also known to reduce pollution in your kitchen space – and throughout your home too. 

If you really want to make your plants even more sustainable, opt for those that you can benefit from in the kitchen. For instance, growing herbs allows you to use them in various recipes you are cooking. They offer an organic and eco-friendly option for you to benefit from.  

And, let’s be real, having a kitchen of potted plants looks beautiful, too. 

Choose Energy Efficient Appliances

You may think that energy-efficient appliances come standard on new appliances but that would be a faulty assumption. You have to look for those that are energy efficient but also run efficiently, too. 

Appliances that are made with durability and quality construction is important, too, as it allows you to use the appliances for years to come. Each time you have to get rid of your appliance because it doesn’t work, it is a waste. So, spending the extra money now on a quality product allows you to own an appliance that will serve your family for a long time. 

When renovating your kitchen, consider replacing all of your appliances with an appliance suite as part of your sustainability efforts. 

Making the decision to renovate your kitchen into something more sustainable is important for your future – and the future of the world around you. The best part is that it is something that can be done on either a large or a small scale. You can get new sustainable cabinets and countertops, simply invest in a new appliance suite or a range hood, or add some potted plants to your kitchen. 

Any small step that you can take toward sustainability will have lasting impacts on your future. Now is the time to take that step. 

October 20, 2021 by Chris Rice 0 Comments

5 Smart Kitchen Remodeling Tips

kitchen island with stools

Change feels good sometimes. It happens all around us – just look at the seasons. It’s only natural to seek opportunities for change and growth. You may buy yourself some new clothes, reorganize the furniture in your living room, or even switch from having oatmeal to frittatas for breakfast. With every change, no matter how big or small, you get a sense of freshness and a feeling of renewal. 

In this article, we’re exploring a few smart kitchen remodeling tips to help you get started.

 

Smart Kitchen Remodeling Tips

How wonderful, then, do you think it would feel to remodel your kitchen? Imagine it – the space where you spend so much of your time. What if you could suddenly transform your kitchen space into something that will allow you to enjoy cooking rather than feel like you have to cook? You know, a kitchen that just feels good. 

Before you head off into dreamland – or get stuck in the feeling that it only ever is a dream, consider a few of these smart kitchen remodeling tips that will help you get started on creating the kitchen of your dreams. 

Tip 1: Have a Strategy and Plan it Out

To achieve perfection, you need to have a plan that is well thought-out and flows easily. If you are going to put money into your kitchen and do a huge remodel, you better make sure it works. And, believe it or not, your planning period should last a while. Like, a long while. 

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (yes, there is one of those) you should take about 6 months working out the planning of your new kitchen space. Why so long? Well, the longer you sit with your decisions, think about them, and make sure they work well with you – and any situations that arise during that time – the less likely you are to make last-minute, irrational changes that may come back to haunt you after the remodel. 

In other words, take your time and make sure you know what you want. 

  • Take time to study your current kitchen. What do you or don’t you like about it? What would you change? Where are there logistics issues? 
  • Consider the ergonomics of your kitchen. Are you comfortable with the height of your cabinets and countertops? Is everything accessible?
  • You can always consult a designer for help and additional inspiration – even if it is only just to get you started on ideas. 

Tip 2: Focus on the Appliances

When considering a remodel, it is so easy to not know what to focus on first. After all – there are so many different aspects that need your attention. But, let’s be real for a moment, ok? Your kitchen may be used for a lot of things, but there is one thing that is needed most for – and that is nourishing your family. That means you need the right appliances to make cooking enjoyable. So, focus on them — and build the rest of your kitchen around them. That way you make sure you get the tools you need to have an efficient, functional, and absolutely beautiful kitchen. 

Oh, and you can eat well, too. 

  • Consider opting for an appliance suite to help save money. This means ordering four (or more) appliances together, rather than one here and there. In the long run, you will find you save much more when you buy a suite. 
  • Stainless steel is a great option that will go with any design style. If you invest in durable appliances, then they will last a long time. So, if you choose to redesign your kitchen, you can feel confident that your stainless steel appliances will match any decor. 
  • Buying appliances in an appliance suite means they will all be uniform and match beautifully.

Tip 3: Keep the Same Layout

When remodeling, there are certain things you will want to do to make things a bit easier. For instance, keeping the same layout. Just as your kitchen is now, you can change out everything in the kitchen, but if you can reduce the need for moving the plumbing and vents and forego knocking down any walls, you can not only help the entire process move along more smoothly (and perhaps faster), but you will also save some time, too. 

To recreate the kitchen exactly how it was, just keep the same layout you had. 

Tip 4: Invest in Quality For Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one space that acts as a hub in your home. A lot goes on there. And, let’s be real, if you are going to be doing a remodel, you will be sinking a nice chunk of change into it, right? Well unless you want to do this every decade or sooner, choose to invest in quality products. They will look great and serve you well. And, should you decide to sell, updated kitchens boost the value

It is so natural for us to be swayed by a deal. Who doesn’t love a bargain? But when it comes to the look and durability of your kitchen, you want to opt for quality – even if it costs a little bit more. 

Tip 5: Storage, Storage, and More Storage

Many people have the misconception that they need a bigger kitchen to house all their stuff. But, really, it isn’t space that they need, but storage. They need to be able to fit all of their dishes, small appliances, and more into a designated space. They also need to have a pantry and more. 

There are so many innovative ways to create storage. Take the time to review your options so that you can find something that works for you. That way everything has its place – and you won’t have to increase your kitchen space to find it. 

Ready, Set, Go

Now that you have a few smart kitchen remodeling tips, making the decision to remodel your kitchen can be exciting. You get all these new options, from countertops to refrigerators and lighting to flooring. So, don’t rush the process, but take your time so you get it all right the first time. Choose quality, add more storage, make the same layout work for you in new ways, and always choose an appliance suite. 

5 Types of Pro-Style Kitchen Appliances

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Are you building a new kitchen from scratch? Are you remodeling your kitchen? Looking to update your appliances? Want to change things up a bit?

There are so many choices you have when it comes to choosing the right appliances for yourself. You are probably thinking that you have seen them all already. A quick internet search or a walk through a home improvement store and your head may be spinning. How on earth do you even begin to choose which one would best fit your kitchen?

Ready for a life-changing tip? You need to opt for pro-style appliances. These are designed with the durability that commercial appliances have, but with a softer appearance beautifully fit for every home kitchen.

Don’t believe us? Here are 5 types of pro-style kitchen appliances that you must have.

A refrigerator is an important addition to the kitchen. Sure, you need a range, a dishwasher, and so on – but you definitely need a refrigerator to keep your food healthy and your drinks cold. This stainless steel, French door refrigerator is both beautiful and sturdy. In other words, it is built to last without looking dull.

Inside, you will find a ton of space that can aid in keeping things organized as well as two large freezer drawers. Did we mention there is an automatic ice maker, too?

This refrigerator comes with a handy feature – a digital display on the outside of the door that lets you know its health at a glance. Plus, these additional features:

  • Counter-Depth French Door
  • 2-Drawer Freezer provides better organization
  • A full-width chiller drawer provides flexible storage
  • Retractable shelf designed to fit taller items with ease
  • Dual cycle and dual air-cooled refrigeration system
  • 2 large humidity controlled fresh food drawers

2. Thor Kitchen’s 48-Inch Pro-Style Professional Dual Fuel Range, Model Number HRD4803U

If you want a professional style range because you do a lot of cooking, then you may want to consider this large dual fuel range that gives you the right fuel for the right type of cooking. If you ask any chef or baker, you will learn that gas stoves are the go-to heating type and that electric ovens lead to thorough, even baking every time. With a dual fuel range, you get the best of both worlds.

Of course, this pro-style range also gives you 6 burners with continuous cast-iron grates and porcelain underneath for easy cleanup. And, not only does it have one 4.2 cubic foot range, but it also has a second one with 2.5 more cubic feet of baking space. It, too, has porcelain inside so it is easy to clean.

Looking for more features? No worries – you will definitely find them:

  • Black porcelain drip pan on the cooktop
  • Blue porcelain oven interior
  • Thermostat controlled griddle with dishwasher safe drip pan
  • Heavy-duty continuous cast-iron cooking grates
  • Convection oven fan (30 in.)
  • Three (3) halogen oven interior lights
  • Thermostat controlled electric oven
  • CSA certified metal burner control knobs

3. Thor Kitchen’s 30-Inch Professional Self-Cleaning Electric Wall Oven, Model Number HEW3001

A built-in wall oven will offer your space a unique look with plenty of beautiful kitchen design options. With a wall oven, you are not limited to keeping the oven underneath your cooktop or rangetop. Many designers choose to place the wall oven on an adjacent wall with the addition of a storage cabinet underneath the cooktop or rangetop.

Not only does it look beautiful, but the THOR self-cleaning electric wall oven is also multi-functional. It offers different modes including bake, multi-convection modes, and more.

Check out all the features below:

  • Touch Operated Glass Panel
  • Multiple Convection Modes
  • Hidden Bake Capacity
  • Large 4.8 cu. ft. Oven Capacity
  • Stainless Steel Exterior
  • 3500W Top Heater
  • 3000W Bottom Heater
  • Self-Cleaning Function
  • Easy-to-Clean Interior
  • White LED Display

4. Thor Kitchen’s 30-Inch Pro-Style Gas Range, Model Number LRG3001U

 If you are looking for a gas range that looks good, gives you long-lasting durability, and fits any size kitchen, then look no further. With a stainless-steel finish that can’t be beaten, this range is sure to blend perfectly with all of your other kitchen appliances – regardless of your design style. Yes, it is that versatile.

Believe it or not, this 30-inch range brings 5 burners with it and 4.5 cubic feet of oven space. You can cook up the main course and all the sides without running out of space. And, well, that’s important for those who love to cook for others.

Thanks to the porcelain drip pan on the stove and the porcelain in the oven, cleanup is a breeze. But, that’s not the only great feature. You’ll find these, too –

  • Heavy-Duty Continuous Cast Iron Cooking Grates. They will not rust or tarnish with your heavy cooking. That means they will always keep your gas stove looking sharp.
  • Black ABS Knobs
  • Halogen Lights
  • Commercial Convection Fan
  • Triple Layered Glass Window
  • Storage Drawer at Bottom
  • Broiler burner

5. Thor Kitchen’s 24-Inch Top Control Dishwasher, Model Number HDW2401SS

Every commercial kitchen is going to have a dishwasher. And, if you are going for pro-style cooking appliances, that must mean you are pretty serious about cleaning, too. You will get clean, sanitized dishes each and every time while also saving water, energy, and money.

With a top control dishwasher, you get a sleek look without any buttons to accidentally hit. It’s quiet and uses a smart wash system, too. Like the other appliances above, there are even more features for this dishwasher –

  • Delayed start-up to 24hrs in advance
  • Multiple filter system
  • 45 dB noise level
  • Smart wash system
  • 3-arm jet sprayer
  • Removable utensil basket
  • Child lock safety protection

THOR Kitchen offers the best professional appliances for your home kitchen at an affordable price. Browse our collection of professional appliances or find a dealer near you so can join the ranks and #COOKLIKEAGOD.

The Best Drop-in Cooktop: Professional Grade for an Affordable Price

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The Drop-in Cooktop, also known as the “built-in” cooktop, features all the same functions of a traditional cooking range except the oven. Like any other cooking appliance, there’s a ton of cooktop options on the market. Some of the most popular types of cooktops include: Coil cooktops, induction cooktops, electric cooktops, and gas cooktops. Also, sizes will vary based on use case. But when it comes to drop-in cooktops for your kitchen, there are two common sizes: the 30-inch kitchen cooktop and the 36-inch kitchen cooktop.

Now that we’ve established a few basics of the cooktop category, let’s get to the point. We’re here to help you make the best purchasing decision possible for your next professional-grade drop-in cooktop at an affordable price. Keep reading.

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Key Distinctive Features

Before we begin, it’s important to note the key distinctive features of the drop-in cooktop appliance. Firstly, it drops into a pre-cut section on top of a countertop. Secondly, the controls are placed on the top side of the appliance. Moreover, they lay flat alongside your burners. Here are the benefits of this design choice:

  1. Safety: The knobs are placed above the countertop away from the reach of small children.
  2. Custom Space: You have complete freedom to place what you want underneath the drop-in cooktop. The most common solutions are kitchen cabinets or a built-in oven. The kitchen cabinets are a popular kitchen design choice. This solution is often supplemented with the likes of a dual built-in oven on an adjacent wall – a luxurious kitchen aesthetic with equal functionality.

For more on the cooktop, check out our helpful blog on the Rangetop vs. Cooktop.

Determine Your Cooktop Size

As stated above, the two most common drop-in cooktop sizes are the 30-inch or the 36-inch. These are the standard dimensions. Most home builders use these dimensions to cut out kitchen countertops. To determine which cooktop size you need to purchase, simply measure your pre-cut countertop.

30-Inch Cooktop vs. 36-Inch Cooktop

The best drop-in gas cooktops in the professional-grade market are built by THOR Kitchen. You have two gas-powered options to choose from. The THOR Kitchen 30 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Four Burners in Stainless steel or the THOR Kitchen 36 Inch Professional Drop-In Gas Cooktop with Six Burners in Stainless Steel. Both options include:

  1. Four or Six Sealed Burners, Depending on Model Size: Includes 1 or 2 high-intensity 18,000 BTU power burners that produce fast, intense heat and contain spills to make cleaning quick and easy.
  2. Professional Illuminated Knobs: Constructed with metal and illuminate a striking blue when in operation.
  3. Stainless Steel Cooktop: A sleek, modern design to any kitchen; designed with a single piece of stainless steel to withstand spills and grease for easy cleaning.
  4. Continuous Cast Iron Grates: Heavy-duty, edge-to-edge, porcelain-coated cast-iron grates allow for easy movement of pans between burners.
  5. Automatic Electric Ignition: Eliminates the need to light the burners and saves money by using less gas than a standing pilot range.
  6. Liquid Propane Option: Liquid propane convertible with a liquid propane conversion kit.
  7. Wok Ring: Features a wok ring that provides extra stability for cooking with round-bottom woks.

Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice…

Find your local THOR Kitchen dealer and visit them today.

Like a bolt of lightning, our beautiful craftsmanship and thoughtful design functions are going to stop you in your tracks. But the real shocker comes with the second strike; we mean the price tag.

Compare our prices with other professional kitchen appliance brands. No other brand of gas-powered professional cooktops can pack such thunderous power at such an affordable price.

They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice. Well, that’s true when you’re out there still cooking like a mere mortal. It’s time to #CookLikeaGod.

The Convenience of an Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet. Keep the Mess Outside.

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Modular Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet in Stainless Steel by THOR Kitchen

 

 

Introducing your grill’s ultimate wingman – the outdoor kitchen sink cabinet. Your grill needs a friend. A friend that can stick by their side and lend a helping hand when needed. A friend that enhances what your grill has to offer. This friend is not co-dependent and has a lot to offer even on their own. The outdoor kitchen sink cabinet functions as such. And, the convenience factor is certainly a 10/10. Here’s why.

 

What is an outdoor kitchen sink cabinet?

First, let’s get to know the kitchen sink cabinet. If you’re new to the realm of high-functioning backyard spaces, then you may or may not be 100% familiar with this product. Don’t fret – we’re here to help you learn all about them.

A sink cabinet – like the THOR Outdoor Kitchen Sink Cabinet in Stainless Steel –  is a premium professional appliance that can take your backyard space to the next level. Sure, you have a grill. Maybe you even have a table or some comfy outdoor lounge chairs. But…

Do you have a sink?

A sink cabinet is designed to bring many benefits to your barbecue experience. It’s a convenient outdoor addition to any backyard. Don’t believe us? Keep reading.

Close Convenience

You can skip the age-old routine of prepping the food inside and carrying it to the grill. The running back and forth from the house for that extra seasoning. Maybe a little oil or BBQ sauce.  And, when you’re done grilling, having to haul all those utensils and ingredients back into the house for cleaning and organizing.

Sound familiar? There’s nothing wrong with routine. We just want to add some spice into it – spice that’s stored away within an arm’s reach. The outdoor kitchen sink cabinet allows you to prep the food, get it on the grill, quickly access the storage area, and clean up all within the vicinity of your outdoor cooking area. Of course, no grilling expedition would be complete without an ice-cold beer in your hand. And, since we’re talking about convenience, you know that this cabinet has to come with a bottle opener, right?

An absolute UNIT

The outdoor sink cabinet by THOR Kitchen is entirely designed with shiny, timeless stainless steel. This unit has been tested to withstand the outdoor elements.

It will not rust.

It will not corrode.

And, it features a convenient bottle opener. You’ll find it to be a long-lasting, easy-to-clean appliance that will match all of your other kitchen appliances. And, uniformity is always a good thing.

Prepare Your Food Outside

Who doesn’t love a clean kitchen? We all do. Sometimes, if your house is clean, the idea of cooking is enough to make you order takeout. Grilling, though, is much easier. And, when you have the benefit of a sink outside – you don’t even need to use your in-home kitchen.

With this outdoor kitchen sink, you don’t just get any sink, you get a stainless-steel sink. It’s well-designed with a drain hose and a water pipe. This way you can prepare everything outdoors without having to dirty your kitchen!

Since you’ll likely be using raw meats in this sink, knowing that stainless steel is a non-porous surface can be huge a relief. There is no place for germs to hide, so you can reduce the chance of contamination and protect your family’s health.

Outdoor Storage Space

Let’s talk about storage for a minute. We discussed above just how much of an inconvenience it is to have to lug your food, utensils, and spices from the kitchen to the outdoor grill every time you want to use it. It takes time and sometimes even requires balancing skills. Not to mention that you’re going in and out of the house – which expends your home’s energy (increasing the cost of your utilities) as well as your own.

This high-quality outdoor kitchen sink cabinet was designed to make your grilling life a bit sweeter. While it does have a sink, and a bottle opener – which we know is a nice little bonus – the features don’t stop there. You are going to find plenty of storage space. You can keep all of your grilling essentials inside the cabinet so they’re nearby and ready to go when you need them. When you’re done cooking, you can wash them in the sink using the cleaning supplies you also have stored in the unit. And, who would we be if we didn’t include a storage tray to hold all the flavors of your special spices and rubs?

Easy to Move

While this stainless-steel outdoor kitchen sink may look heavy and solid, it’s rather easy to move. Underneath you will find two 3-inch fixed casters and two 3-inch locking casters. Both make it extremely easy to move. And, when you’re ready to have it settled in the perfect spot, you can lock it in place.

Most importantly, getting outside presents a wonderful opportunity to breathe in some fresh air, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, and stock up on some natural vitamin D.

Whether you’ve got grilling weather now or will have it shortly, don’t go another day without a pro-style outdoor kitchen sink cabinet on your back patio. Your grill needs a friend – and this convenient appliance is it.

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