For first time in my life, I'm going to have a reasonably serious kitchen, and I can use your help with the renovation. I have "kitchen remodeling experts" I can go to, but they're mostly about snazz and yuppie-craved trendiness.
I'm not aiming for splash. And I have no aspirations to do restaurant-style cooking. I'm a staunch home chef who doesn't do particularly ambitious recipes, and who mostly makes stuff up as he goes along. And, finally, I never cook large quantities. My socializing is in restaurants; when I cook it's for one or two, and that's it.
I can easily find the conventional wisdom on all aspects of this in other places. What I'd love from you guys are suggestions of offbeat, resourceful, cool things to add or to bear in mind.
Any non-obvious choices in stove, oven, or fridge?
Or for nice (not "impressive") looking countertops that are super easy to care for?
I do lots of steaming; shall I continue to use steamer baskets in pots, or is there a hipper way?
Is a wok at all viable?
Any other clever moves I won't hear about at the kitchen design place? E.g. resourceful ways to incorporate a chopping/slicing station in a home kitchen?
Budget-wise, I'll spend what I need to do do this right, but am definitely not looking to spend money just to spend money. So no $5K countertops, please.