You spend more time in your kitchen than you probably realise – from cooking weeknight meals to getting a glass of water before bed and making tea and toast every morning before rushing the kids off to school, the kitchen is well-trodden domain. It’s often the warmest room of the house, especially if the oven and stove are in frequent use, making it a favourite place for cold bodies to gather in the cooler months.18
For the above reasons, and many more, making the kitchen a place you want to hang out should be vital. Of course, there are lots of considerations to take into account when designing your new kitchen, but what are the most important?
Do you have a combined kitchen/dining/living area or a dingy galley kitchen? The smaller the kitchen, the more important it is that you take a minimalist approach – afterall, there just isn’t enough space for a double-wide fridge in a small apartment. Catalogue kitchens can be great, but they’re rarely designed for small spaces. Instead, consider a custom made kitchen, where the designer can work within a pre-existing space to get the most out of it.
Serial entertainers often install two ovens to make dinner parties easier, keen bakers should look at marble or stainless steel bench tops for better dough handling while families might want to consider child-proof doors to keep little hands away from sharp knives and heavy pots. Working out who your kitchen is designed to cater for is a key part of the process and shouldn’t be overlooked in favour of aesthetics. A kitchen is primarily a utility room and, while looks are important, function should come first.
In an ideal world, we’d all have an unlimited budget to spend on our kitchens. Unfortunately, most home owners find this the biggest restriction in renovating a room – especially one as costly as the kitchen. Outlining your budget with the team doing your kitchen in the first instance helps you track your spending better, to ensure you don’t end up paying for it in massive debt and interest later. Purchasing appliances during end of financial year or post – Christmas sales can help you save money, as does repurposing items or design features you already have in your kitchen, rather than starting from scratch completely.
What does the rest of your house look like? A French provincial kitchen, with its rustic charm and communal island is a great option for an older-style home with endless charm and natural light, but would look out of place in a sleek, modern inner-city pad. Your kitchen should still feel like it belongs to your house, so consider consulting an expert who can help you design something that fits seamlessly into the space.
Creative Design Kitchens understands that every house and the family living inside is unique, so we have a range of options to suit you, no matter who you are. If you’re looking to give your kitchen a much-needed facelift, why not talk to one of our friendly consultants today?