These days, kitchen renovations are popular as we spend more time working and staying near home mid-pandemic. It doesn’t matter if you live in a house, apartment or tiny home – kitchen renovations can be stressful and costly. But they don’t have to be! In this blog post we explore what you need to know when building the perfect kitchen to suits your lifestyle and taste. Here are the four key areas to focus on to make a beautiful kitchen that gets the job done.
Begin with the dimensions of what the entire kitchen will take up in your home. This will inform the layout and floorplan and what limitations you will have in the space. Bigger is not always better, in fact expert advice may suggest you work with a more manageable footprint to avoid a noisy space that is prone to clutter. Consult expert advice or industry guidelines as there are a number of building requirements and dimensions that you’ll need to meet across your entire project to make a kitchen design compliant.
Once you have confirmed the dimensions, this informs what layout your kitchen should have. Smaller spaces may need to have a straight line or small L shape design, while larger spaces can work in a U-shape, G-shape or a galley style.
Whatever design you choose, remember to maintain a working triangle so that the distance between fridge, sink and cooktop is functional and easy to cook in. about 1200mm between each point of your triangle is ideal, which gives space to move without having to travel too far with a heavy, hot pot!
Today’s kitchens are decidedly high tech even if you don’t have a smart fridge or pyrolytic oven. In built. Ovens can steam, broil, grill and roast and microwaves can sense the food you place inside it to choose the best heat setting. When selecting your appliances, don’t just think of the now – will you be in this home in 5 years? If so, you’ll get better value from energy saving appliances and those made from quality materials. For the tech-minded, consider built in charging surfaces and custom lighting settings to suit your mood and time of day.
For many this is the fun part – how do you want your kitchen to look like? If there are any specific design features that might suit your tastes better than others, add them to the drawing board so you can determine whether they complement the fixtures you have chosen. Or you can begin with the style you like and select the appliances and fittings around this theme. There are an almost infinite range of colors that flooring, cupboards and splashbacks are available in. Why not mix it up with a tiled splashback with geometric shapes or a pressed metal look finish? You will spend a lot of time in the kitchen so while white-on–white kitchens are popular, design wise there are other options. We are seeing a rise of curated kitchens that thoughtfully integrate natural materials, custom art and tiling as well as bespoke joinery and cabinetry in fresh colours to enliven and welcome everyone into the busiest room in the house.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms and used everyday for cooking, cleaning, preparing, eating and socialising. You might even work from this space as well! Therefore, if you want a custom kitchen that suits your lifestyle but won’t blow the budget, it pays to go to a professional team that offers experienced kitchen designers, kitchen installation and a guarantee on work. Many places offer a free initial consultation, so what are you waiting for? Get that dream kitchen today!