Kitchen design tips
A kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a house and any little flaws in the layout are likely to bug you every day, year after year, so it is worth putting in some thought before you get your new kitchen designed.
Another reason to be thorough with your kitchen design is that the resale value of your home will be directly affected by the appeal and quality of your new kitchen. A well designed, well built kitchen can add real value to your sale price.
Because we have decades of experience in kitchen renovation and design, we know how important it is to get everything just right – from quality materials and reliable plumbing, to where the rubbish bin goes, and which side the kitchen cabinets open from!
TJ’s handy kitchen design checklist:
- Is the kitchen mainly a showpiece for leisurely culinary experimentation, or will you cook in it every day?
- What sort of kitchen do you want – a sleek modern kitchen or a country style kitchen?
- What sort of finishes do you want on the kitchen cabinets, handles, benchtop, sinks and taps?
- Where are the best locations for lighting to ensure you have plenty of lighting over work areas, and feature lighting under stove tops or overhead units?
- What are the options for storage? Will we need specialist hardware, overhead units, or units built right up to the ceiling?
- What are the biggest objects you need to store in your kitchen? Will these fit in the cabinets you are planning?
- Ensure that the hardware is high quality – it is better to spend a little more than to have handles coming loose and drawers with faulty runners. You will be surprised how often you open and close doors and drawers and it is cheaper in the long run to invest well.
- Decide what you can afford for benchtops – marble, stone and stainless steel are high quality products. If they are maintained well, they will last you a lifetime.
- Drawers are a great way of storing lots of stuff while still being able to access it quickly, but which drawers will you need?
- A pot drawer, one for bigger appliances, one for Tupperware?
- Which bins do you want to use? Rubbish, recycle, compost, paper? Do you want these in a drawer or a cupboard or freestanding?
- Check that the three main use areas are close enough together – you will move a lot between your fridge, oven and sink, but you will also appreciate a little bench space between these areas too.
- How much workspace will you have on your bench? Do you need room for more than one person to work in the kitchen at the same time?
- Where will your sharp knives go – in a drawer or in a purpose built cupboard with slots to keep them from rattling about and getting blunted? If you have small children you may want them on a rack on the wall or a benchtop stand.
- Consider glass doors and glass splash backs, as these come in a range of gorgeous colours and can add colour to the kitchen. A splashback is also a great way to protect your walls from cooking splatters.
- Handles are another way to add design style. Think about shape, and consider handles that sit flush, or are curved, so you won’t catch clothes on them or have small children bang themselves against sharp corners.
- It can also help to have a flip through some home and living magazines and make a list of any features that really appeal. If you take the time to plan it out, your new kitchen will bring you enjoyment every day.