Planning a kitchen reno? Before you pick the tile colour and spashbacks, make sure you give some serious thought to the main features of your kitchen. Shaynna Blaze shares her expert advice!
The style of kitchens has changed dramatically over the years – but more significantly so has how we use them. This has forced a shake up in the way we think about kitchen function and design.
Traditionally the main thrust of practical layout focused on ‘the working triangle’. Typically this is where the sink, fridge and oven, or stove, formed the 3 points of a triangle.
This principle does still work, to a certain extent, but gone are the days when kitchens are hidden at the back of the house.
Open plan living means they’re now more likely to be the focal point of the home.
There are so many decisions to make when planning a kitchen – so i have a few simple tips to start you off.
1) Think about what you do most in your kitchen - which appliances you use and how you use them.
For example, if like me, you’re not big on baking – don’t go for a massive free standing oven just because they look impressive.
Ovens range is size from 600mm to 1000mm, so think hard before sacrificing valuable bench space.
2) If you prepare most of your food on the cook top, but don’t need all the bells and whistles – don’t get one with a wok burner and fish cooker. Chances are you wont use it.
3) Most people buying a house these days expect a dishwasher - which means you can get away with a single sink. But in an open plan kitchen a double sink can act as a great dumping ground when guests come round.
So before you’ve picked your tile colour and spashbacks give some serious thought to the main features of your kitchen…..it could save you some costly changes.