If you have decided to open a bakery out of your home, then you have probably fallen in love with how convenient it is to walk from your bedroom to your kitchen and be at work that fast. You know where everything is located in your own kitchen, and know the best way to get set up so that you can bake easily and efficiently.
The drawback, however, is the fact that you may not have enough space or all of the equipment you need to get the job done and all of your orders out in a timely manner.
One way to get your kitchen up to standard and make it easier to get your baking done, is to turn your standard kitchen into a commercial kitchen.
Check out the guide below to get installed and working in no time.
1. Check your zoning and licensing laws
The first thing you should always do is take a trip down to your local zoning department or give them a call and ask them about the restrictions in your area.
Based on what the rules are, you may or may not be able to install a commercial kitchen in your home at all. You more than likely will have a harder time being able to get permission to install a commercial kitchen as they tend to bring more noise, traffic, and smells so the area.
Rural areas will have fewer restrictions though you will have to prove that the water in your home is safe and clean.
2. Make sure that you have enough space in your home
It may seem like common sense, but before you can get a commercial kitchen in your home you will need to find a space that is big enough to hold it.
It is typically best to go ahead and put it in your existing kitchen since the plumbing is already there.
However, your kitchen may not be large enough to hold all of the commercial appliances you need. It is typically best to spend a little bit of extra money and expand your kitchen area.
This will create enough room for all of the commercial appliances to fit in easily and the noise and smells coming from your home bakery will not get in the way of you and your family living a normal life.
3. Design your commercial bakery kitchen
Chances are that you do not live in a home that comes designed and equipped for commercial kitchens and appliances.
This means that you have to use the space you have as wisely as possible. Integrate as many shelves onto your walls and under the counter as you can.
Also, get commercial appliances that are big enough to get your work done but not too big so it takes up more room than you need too.
In order to have a commercial kitchen in your home, you will have to invest some money to make it happen. It will take a lot of moving things around and some creativity on your part, but in the end, it will make your home bakery more efficient and your job as a baker easier.