1. Think Ahead
Interior designer, Jacqui Hargrove says, ‘When redesigning a kitchen, put function first’. She also says, “There’s no ideal kitchen shape”.
2. Make Room For Storage
At the planning stage, the biggest mistake people make is not allowing for enough storage. Every cranny and nook should be used. Rather than leaving a gap on top, put overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling so that dust is not collected. Deep drawers should be considered for easier access to pots and pans and include enough storage for appliances.
3. See The Light
Electrician Richard Terode says, “Unlike in other rooms of the house, overhead lighting is insufficient in kitchens”. Under-cabinet lights shine directly on countertops.
4. Power Play
Appropriate power sources should be there for relocated or new appliances. Richard says, many people realize it too late that they don’t have the right gas or electric lines. Appliances should be measured so that they fit comfortably into allocated spaces, suggests Plumber Stuart McGroder.
5. Space and Surface
Too much counter space is not needed. Just choose a surface that’s easy to work on and care for. It is hard to maintain the grout between the tiles and that stainless steel will scratch very easily.
6. Start Fresh
Appliances or items from the old kitchen should not be reused. Jacqui says, it may seem as if you’re saving money, but in a new environment an old appliance will stick out like a sore thumb. To economize, find other ways. “For countertops, also the same goes.”
7. Safety First
A safe and family-friendly kitchen is suggested by a home safety expert, Dorothy Bell which can be done by planning for good visibility to backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area. Safety-conscious elements should be considered as ovens located at adult height to minimize the chances of accidental burns, rounded countertops and slip resistant flooring.
8. Clear the Air
Appliance consultant, James Moore says, cooking odors are ventilated by a range hood. He advises to buy one that’s efficient, quiet and vented outside.
9. Trash Talk
Planning for garbage and recycling bins should not be forget. Behind a cabinet door, built-in bins can be disguised, or a sleek, stainless-steel container that’s positioned out of the way.
10. Look Out Below
Consultant, Craig Verdon suggests considering slip-resistance, ease of maintenance and porosity when it comes to flooring. Periodic resealing is needed by the stone floors which are porous. The fridge, sink and stove can wear out the beautiful hardwood floors than other areas. Earthy look is very popular and hard, natural stone looks wonderful.