Are you starting to put ideas together for a kitchen renovation? In this article, writer David Burgess provides advice on why kitchen renovations are so important to get right and how to create a kitchen plan that will work beautifully for your lifestyle.
By Jason Burgess
Fun, food and life begin in the kitchen.
It wasn’t so long ago when domestic kitchens were hidden away at the rear of the house –out of sight of the guests. Today they are very much at the forefront of modern living. Less a cooking area, more the heart and entertaining hub of the entire home. As such, a kitchen make-over should not be taken lightly. It is usually the most expensive room of the house so every design decision made here counts.
The key to a successful kitchen lies in the classic kitchen triangle.
The three aspects of the triangle include the sink, stove /oven and the refrigerator. These are considered the hub spots for kitchen activity, they regulate the workflow and ideally should be within easy access of one and other. This will ensure that the cook is not walking further than they need, to achieve their culinary creations. The sink is the centre of the triangle even if it is located on the perimeter of the kitchen. A sink should be close to the dishwasher and have generous working areas either side of it. A deeper sink with a cover will be useful for concealing dirty pots and pans during a dinner party.
Décor choices are endless but in smaller places, light colours will give the illusion of expanded space. Mirrored or white tile splashbacks will also open the area. Integrated pull drawers and touch to open cabinets will streamline the look and remove obstacles in tighter areas. Composite stone or stainless steel make durable easy-clean and on-trend counter surfaces. Flooring can help create a sense of openness. Natural tones like tile, stone and concrete floors look sharp and work well with underfloor heating or in sunny kitchens but can otherwise be cool underfoot, timber floors will warm up the look. If the budget is lean then opt for flooring laminates, which mimic all manner of natural finishes.
Even in a basic kitchen, expect no change from $25,000. Keeping an existing layout will save money, as moving walls, plumbing and gas lines add costs. When major alterations are planned always factor in a contingency of around 20% of the total budget and, expect the unexpected if the walls are coming down. Don’t skimp on the lighting because every great cook deserves to see, and be seen. Recessed dimmable LEDs provide overall versatility, decorative down lights or pendants over the island will invite conversation and under-counter lights set the ambience.
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