April 8, 2024

Top 6 Kitchen Upgrades for a Stylish and Functional Home


The kitchen is the heart of every home and where some of your most special memories are made. Beyond just being functional, today’s kitchen serves as a focal point for social get togethers and a reflection of personal style. 

Whether you are an aspiring chef or a casual home cook, kitchen upgrades will transform your kitchen into a space that is both visually appealing and functional is worth the expense. From sleek appliances to clever storage solutions, the possibilities for enhancing your kitchen space are endless. In this article, we share the top six kitchen upgrades that will not only elevate the look of your space but also improve its functionality, making it a stylish and efficient hub for both cooking and gathering. Whether you have signed up for a full-scale renovation or you are looking for simple but impactful improvements, these upgrades are sure to inspire.

1. Make Cooking Fun With The Galley Kitchen Workstation

There is no doubt the sink is a crucial part of the kitchen, but as it has limited uses it tends to be underutilized. Because it is only designed for washing dishes or rinsing foods, it can be hard to imagine doing anything else with it. Thankfully, the makers of The Galley Workstation did all the imagining for us, turning the kitchen sink space into a multi-purpose area where you can prep, cook, serve and clean.


The Galley Workstation redefines the idea of a functional kitchen. By integrating multiple surfaces and materials to streamline the work you are doing, cooking suddenly becomes easier and more fun. Imagine effortlessly washing and prepping meals without the hassle of creating a mess. With built-in bowl holders, this innovative workstation provides a dedicated space for your ingredients, keeping countertops clutter-free and allowing you to focus solely on cooking. Additionally, metal slats offer a convenient solution for holding hot frying pans or pots, providing a safe resting place for your cookware. Meanwhile, integrated utensil holders ensure that all your kitchen tools are readily accessible.

In addition to being the ultimate efficient workstation, The Galley also doubles as the perfect space to serve meals and bites. Whether it is a waffle bar for a family of 4 or a nachos station for a party of 50 friends, The Galley Workstation has all the space and features you need in a serving station. Coupled with a sleek and modern look, this highly flexible kitchen space easily becomes the new centerpiece for your social gatherings. 

If you love to cook or host social get togethers, The Galley Kitchen Workstation is the ultimate kitchen upgrade. Meal preparation becomes seamless and enjoyable– you are able to be more efficient and creative. And an added bonus that this space easily transforms to the perfect serving station when you have guests. 

2. Upgrade Your Chef Potential With a Wolf Range

When we talk about cooking, there is typically a cooktop or oven involved. But are you getting the most out of these appliances? Cooking like a pro, means using the kinds of appliances that power the kitchen, like a Wolf Range which is the ultimate kitchen powerhouse.

A Wolf Range is designed to give you restaurant-quality cooking options like baking, broiling, sautéing, and frying. Opt for a Dual Fuel Range to add convection cooking and gourmet modes to the list of features. 

These ranges handle heavy cooking volumes and they are built to last! In addition to the topside configurations which include an infrared griddle, infrared charbroiler, and French top, a Wolf Range has many unique features and provides control and precision so you can produce chef-quality meals. Whether you select the 30” or the 60” or somewhere in between, you will enjoy unparalleled versatility and style.  

With its flexibility, precision engineering, and unwavering dedication to quality, a Wolf Range is a must-have for the modern kitchen. 

3. Transform the Kitchen With High-Quality Countertops

Adequate counter space is a cornerstone of an efficient kitchen. For many households, the lack of counter space can make cooking a challenge, but the material of the countertop also matters. Beyond functionality, the choice of countertop material changes the visual appeal and practicality of the kitchen space.

While laminate countertops are a budget-friendly option, choosing materials like granite can significantly enhance the kitchen’s aesthetic and flexibility. Granite offers durability – it is resistant to scratches and dents and is also heat resistant. This means you can confidently place hot pans directly on the surface without worry about damage.

Granite is just one of many options when it comes to premium countertop materials. Quartz, for example, offers a similarly luxurious look with the added benefit of being non-porous, making it resistant to stains and bacterial growth. Marble, known for its timeless beauty and distinctive veining, is elegant but requires more diligent maintenance to preserve its pristine appearance.

If you want to transform your kitchen without renovating the entire space, upgrading your countertops is an effective option. Consider all the material choices available and select the one that aligns with both personal preferences and practical considerations.

4. Create a Functional Cocktail Bar With Sub-Zero Undercounter Refrigeration

undercounter-refrigerator-kitchen-upgradesIf you love entertaining guests, installing a wet bar in your kitchen gives you a dedicated and attractive work space to prepare drinks and beverages. Not only can you mix drinks and keep the party going, but a bar makes your home feel more inviting and stylish. With an undercounter refrigerator from Sub-Zero to store beverages and mixers, it is easier than ever to make your wet bar complete without having to make trips across the kitchen to your main Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Sub-Zero offers two kinds of undercounter refrigeration – use a standard refrigerator-style design or opt for refrigerated drawers. Best of all, you only need an outlet and a few inches of vent space. The latter design can blend seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen while also providing more flexibility for food and beverage storage.

Sub-Zero undercounter refrigerators will change how you organize your food and beverages, making your kitchen highly organized and efficient. And this is true even if you don’t build a full wet bar in your kitchen.

5. Enhance Your Kitchen’s Aesthetic With New Cabinets

Cabinets are essential for kitchen storage, but there is no reason they should lack style or excitement. Even the smallest change, such as installing new glass cabinet doors, can breathe new life into a kitchen, transforming it into a space that feels fresh and inviting.

Modern features and modules offer innovative solutions to make cabinets more functional even in the most cramped or unconventional spaces. For example, the corner cabinet can be equipped with Lazy Susan mechanisms, so there is easy rotation and access to items otherwise tucked deep in the cabinet space. For an added layer of sophistication, consider incorporating custom cabinet panels into your Sub-Zero and Cove appliances. This customization not only adds to the visual appeal of your kitchen but also creates a sense of cohesiveness and unity in the overall design.

Upgrading kitchen cabinets is not just about aesthetics; it is about optimizing space and functionality, too.

6. Make Your Kitchen More User-Friendly With Sub-Zero Refrigerators

When it comes to your refrigerator, why settle for ordinary when you can indulge in the luxury of a state-of-the-art Sub-Zero? Sub-Zero refrigerators redefine the kitchen experience with cutting-edge technology designed for a sleek look and user convenience.

Take, for example, the Pro Series, which has the option for a clear glass door, providing a glimpse into the refrigerator’s contents without the need to open it. This simple but sophisticated feature not only adds a touch of elegance to your kitchen but also helps minimize energy consumption.

Sub-Zero refrigerators are equipped with a number of unique features, including internal air purification systems, ergonomic designs for optimal organization, and integrated water filtration systems.

Choosing a Sub-Zero refrigerator is more than just an investment in your kitchen—it is a statement of sophistication and luxury. Whether you are doing a complete renovation of your kitchen or simply upgrading specific elements, Sub-Zero will serve as the perfect centerpiece for your kitchen.

Upgrade Your Kitchen Today!

The best way to plan your kitchen upgrades is to see these options in person. Visit a Clarke Showroom to see over a dozen model kitchens and visualize how each piece will look in your space. Plus, you can test drive the appliances to experience their quality and luxury first-hand. Schedule your visit today and see what’s possible!