The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home. It's amazing how a simple change of relocating your bench can make a world of difference to both design and functionality.
The dated kitchen bench in the Bass house just had to go, no matter what. So I made some changes to give it more useable space, and a more unique feature.
By installing a custom bench with a slight overhang, I was able to integrate the dining table right into the island, giving more surface space and a more connected feel to the entire room.
Changing the orientation from a U-shape into a detached island bench also opened up another traffic area in the kitchen near the sliding doors.
This gives more accessibility within the kitchen and to the outside, where the kids might be playing.
I often talk about the working triangle in the kitchen, which makes up the fridge, stove and the sink.
But the orientation of your bench is just as important because it can show off the other features of your home.
For instance, this house has water views from the open plan kitchen, living and dining but everyone sat with their back to the view in the original set up.
Just by changing the orientation, the kitchen now helps sell that waterfront dream.
Customised bench tops can really add a wow-factor to your kitchen. And if you need to keep costs down, use flat pack cabinetry so you can splash out on those stone benches.
The kitchen really is the social heart of the home, so it's worth getting right. It will not only make your life more pleasurable but more efficient!