High-arc and restaurant-style spray faucets paired with deep sinks simplify washing big pots and pans. Add a pot filler above the range if you often heft heavy pots of water to the stove.
Serious cooks want pro-style equipment such as the Sub-Zero and Viking appliances in Linda Waks' kitchen. If you rarely need mega power, look at some of the less pricey options.
If children and pets fill your kitchen, opt for durable materials. This five cat and one Great Dane home went with vinyl on the stools and stone rather than wood on the floor.