Before calling the expert, have a go at being your kitchen designer. Whit a bit of forward-thinking you can create a space that works like a wonder.
When planning a new kitchen or kitchen renovation, your first thoughts will usually turn to questions of style. Do I want something that looks sleek and professional with lots of stainless, steel or would I prefer the warm, cozy charm of a timber kitchen
The style is important, but the look of your kitchen should take a back seat to practical considerations of planning. You are likely to spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house, so first and foremost, it has to be functional and suit your needs.
Since a new kitchen is likely to be the most expensive building project you’re undertaking, it is worth seeking professional advice from an architect or designer, or taking advantage of the free design service most kitchen companies offer. Remember, of course, that the latter is trying to sell you their product, so don’t be pressured into a ‘special deal’ unless it is what you want.
It is best to firm up your own ideas before consulting the expert. Here is a checklist of ideas to get you started.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Before you make any decisions about layout and facilities in your new kitchen, take a look at your existing kitchen and make a note of everything you like or don’t like about itBefore you make any definite decisions about layout and facilities in your new kitchen, take a look at your existing kitchen and make a note of everything you like or don’t like about it
- Are the benches at the right height for you?
- Is there enough benches space?
- Do you need more or less storage space?
- Do you like to keep crockery and cookbooks on display on open shelving? Do you prefer the “no clutter”? Look?
- Do you want utensils within easy reach while you cook?
Consider how the kitchen fit into the rest of the house. For most families, the kitchen is the centre of the action and family life revolves around it.
- How many people will be using the kitchen at one time?
- Is your kitchen cut off from the rest of the house?
- If so, how can you better integrate it, perhaps with a handy berakfast bar or new servery?
Three Golden Rules
- Position the fridge well away from the oven. Otherwise, it will waste energy keeping cool.
- Place the dishwasher close to the sink to simplify plumbing needs and make loading and unloading easier chore.
- Don’t put the cooktop close to curtains because of the fire risk. Opt for blinds, a more practical choice than voluminous curtains.
Keep yourself organised
If won’t be long before you find yourself before you find yourself bewildered by brochures, designs, specifications, prices, and quotes.
Set up a project file to keep all the information you gather in a sensible order so that it’s easy to access and compare. Principal headings are budget and costing, pamphlets and brochures on appliances, magazine cuttings and other style references, plans, and specifications, quotes from tradespeople.
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Setting a budget
Kitchen costs will vary enormously. Depending on the type of fittings and fixtures you choose.
A stove, for instance, can cost anywhere between $600 and $6000. Which one you choose will make a big difference to the bottom line.
Start by setting a budget figure that you like to spend. Then do a rough cost estimate for your dream kitchen, including all appliances, renewing or moving service, such as gas and water, plus tiling, flooring, painting, even curtains. If the two figures match, you are doing well.
More likely, your dream will far outstrip your budget. Now is the time to bring the two into line. Either set the more realistic budget, or scale your plan.
If your old fridge or dishwaser is in good working order and looks respectable, han on to it. You can continue to refine this figure as you gather more information.