If you only have a small space in which to work but want to install a new commercial kitchen there are certain things you will have to bear in mind, and it can feel like a big task to make the best use of the space at your disposal. A well designed commercial kitchen will be efficient, safe and well thought out. If you are considering employing a company to create and install your new design then it is best to take some time out to consider the following:-
Make a list of the foods you plan to prepare in your kitchen on a regular basis. Think in detail about the food storage you will need as well as the space and equipment needed for the preparation. This is one of the most important elements of your kitchen and should be thought about before you even begin to consider your new kitchen equipment design as it will determine much about the layout of your new commercial kitchen. It is also worth considering whether you might want to change or adapt your existing menu in the future, and taking steps to plan for that as well to avoid not having the right kind of storage or space when it comes to the point when you want to change your menu. Having this information to hand will be incredibly useful to the design company as they will be able to begin to imagine what sort of space is required from the word go. Knowing in advance what your kitchen will be used for will also help with planning out how best to ensure that preparation is streamlined and efficient.
Research the equipment that you think you will need. Separate it into equipment that is absolutely necessary for day to day use and equipment that would be helpful but not essential. If you are already operating as a business then you will no doubt know and understand that commercial equipment has to meet certain safety standards; if you are a new business then be sure to only purchase equipment which will pass health and safety inspections. A good design company will be able to assist you with this as well as with proper installation of any larger pieces of equipment.
Unless you are planning to meet on site with your chosen design company, you will need to take specific measurements to pass on to them to ensure they can design your kitchen properly. Make note of doors, windows, existing equipment which may be staying, as well as electrical outlet points and plumbing/drainage etc. If you don’t feel confident with this aspect then consider an onsite meeting initially to allow your designer to get a feel for the space.
If you are a currently operating business, consider how you will adapt around the building work. Will you need to close for a number of weeks? How will this impact on your finances? These are all elements which should be thought through carefully before you agree to any big commercial changes.