Planning a Kitchen Renovation? Here are our Design Tips0
A great kitchen takes planning. Before going ahead to create your perfect kitchen make sure to do your research and consider both your budget and your lifestyle needs. This will help your kitchen renovation proceed smoothly and give you a great result.
Kitchen Layout Rules
A ‘working triangle’ has been the mainstay of good kitchen design for decades – because it works so well. In that layout, the sink, the oven/cooktop and the fridge form the points of a triangle to make it easy to navigate the space. A distance of less than three metres is ideal. However, there are other ways to delineate the kitchen, especially as kitchens are now so multifunctional. One is to divide the space into work zones, such as for food preparation, cooking and dining. Just consider your lifestyle and needs and plan accordingly.
Budget will of course be a huge factor in the kitchen you create. To a certain extent it is true that you get what you pay for. However, there are many ways to save money on your kitchen renovation project that still allow you to achieve the look your after.
It’s worth spending money on a quality benchtop, as this not only gives the kitchen a five-star look but they are highly functional as a hard-wearing food preparation area. When it comes to kitchen cabinetry there are a lot of great options to choose from ranging from laminate finishes to hard wearing polyurethane. Most kitchen companies and flat-pack kitchen suppliers can custom make cabinets to suit your exact needs. You can often save money through smart choice of door handles and tap fittings and it’s worth taking a good look at different alternatives for your kitchen splashback and flooring.
Timber flooring looks great in a kitchen but there are a great range of tiles & laminates that are hard-wearing and easy to clean to suit all budgets.
Appliances are another area where you can save money – you don’t need to get the latest top-of-the-line oven or fridge to get a great looking quality appliance. Stainless steel is always a popular choice for its toughness and style.
Who you get to help you create your kitchen will depend partly on your budget but also on your needs. If you decide to install a flat-pack kitchen yourself you can definitely save some money if you have the right skills and tools. Flat pack kitchen suppliers generally have contacts who specialise in installing kitchens if you’re not confident taking on the installation work yourself.
The benefit of using a kitchen company to create your new kitchen is that they will guide you through the entire process from the design stages, product selections right through to project managing all of the tradespeople to ensure that your new kitchen project goes smoothly. This is the right decision for individuals who want to take a hands-off approach.
Hiring an architect or interior designer is a great idea for anyone who is planning to renovate and is struggling with the design layout of their home or for those who need guidance when it comes to product & style choices. Such professionals might be able to offer some design solutions to problems you didn’t even know you had!
These ideas are just the tip of the kitchen iceberg. To help you decide how to proceed with your kitchen renovation have a look at Build Local’s listings for kitchen renovations, interior designers, tradesmen or kitchen supply companies. Don’t forget to look at display kitchens for inspiration.
By Kelli Hawkins
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