Creating a truly liveable kitchen
If you’re excited by the prospect of finally being able to renovate your kitchen, but don’t know where to start, these helpful tips are worth reading.
As with all home renovations, the most important stage of the process happens long before you start choosing colour schemes and knocking out walls. It’s all about planning for functionality, first and foremost. While the idea of having a big, breezy kitchen may sound appealing, you don’t want to be covering huge distances between the fridge, the sink and the stove!
- Think about how you and your family use your kitchen space. If you have young children think about storing their cups and bowls in a draw or cupboard that’s within their reach, but position the cooktop away from high traffic areas, to avoid bumping into them while you’re cooking.
- Speaking of cooktops, you may be tossing up between gas and induction. While gas is very responsive, heating your food very quickly, you may be concerned about having a naked flame around small children. On the other hand, while induction cook tops are slightly less responsive, they do provide additional bench space when not in use; however you may need to invest in induction-friendly cookware if you go down that path.
- When it comes to dishwashers, consider positioning it to the right of the sink if you’re right-handed or to the left of the sink if you’re left-handed, to make it easier to load. Also, try and position your dishwasher near where your cups, bowls and plates will go, to make unloading easier.
- Also near the sink, consider including a couple of big, deep drawers to house your rubbish and recycling bins (and even one for compost too, if you have the room).
There’s isn’t really a right or wrong way when it comes to re-designing your kitchen. However there are certainly some clever ideas around to help ensure your kitchen is as liveable as possible.