Renovations are an exciting time, full of change, hope, dreams and fun. Whether you’re doing a knock-down and rebuild or simply remodelling a room or two, there are so many different possibilities to choose from. You have a myriad of different options, each with their benefits and drawbacks. From picking flooring to heating and cooling options, you’ll be faced with some tough decisions. In this useful article, we’re going to discuss everything and the kitchen sink and teach you how to achieve your dream perfect kitchen design.
Think about the time you’ll spend in your new kitchen and what is going to see the most use. Your kitchen sink and kitchen tapware are going to be a central point of your new space. You want your new tap’s finish to match your existing appliances and finishings. For example, if you have a stainless steel dishwasher and fridge then it makes sense for your mixer tap to match, doesn’t it? Yet if your kitchen has an industrial aesthetic then a black matte may be more suitable.
Think long and hard about your choice of appliances. For example, if you’re tight on space you may want to consider a drawer dishwasher, whereas if you had a bit more room you could opt for a build-under model. Or, you may want to avoid the technology and opt for two sinks to wash dishes in. Make sure that if you do install a dishwasher to consider the energy and water use ratings as these will have an impact on your power and water bills. The more star ratings they have the better.
No matter what style of kitchen you choose, from a galley style to U or L shaped, you must consider the distance between your sink, your fridge, your dishwasher, your stove and your cupboards. You want everything to form a neat triangle or square, with minimal distance between them, so you can move easily and quickly as you cook and clean.
There is nothing worse than having more condiments, pots, pans, utensils and appliances than you have room to store them. Before you lock in your final kitchen design with your draftsperson or architect, take an inventory of everything you’ll need to store away. This will give you a good idea of the amount of storage you’re going to require.
You want to see what you’re doing as you prepare a meal or pack away the groceries. Plan your overhead lighting so it casts light in front of you, rather than casting a shadow. Inadequate lighting is a very common kitchen design mistake.
Fit as much bench space in as you can. You will never have enough. Kids and other family members love to dump stuff on the kitchen bench – keys, paperwork, random bits and pieces, everything is fair game. You want enough room to be able to cook for a large dinner party if you throw one. There is no such thing as too much bench space.
When designing your kitchen, consider your tapware carefully. Also, spend some time thinking about your appliances and how they will match your design – and don’t forget to purchase energy-efficient fridges and dishwashers. Make sure you have ample storage space and don’t need to move too far between different points, and your lighting needs to be sufficient too. The light needs to fall in front of you and not cast deep shadows. Finally, there is no such thing as too much bench space, the more the better.