Gone are the days when the kitchen was one of the neglected areas of the house. Today the kitchen has become the heart of the home. It’s not just a place for preparing food, but also a place for entertaining and of the family getting together.
Kitchens are probably one of the most complicated rooms to plan, varying in function as they do from straight preparation, cooking, washing up, and dining areas, to straight family rooms. When you are planning the room from the beginning, then besides the actual layout of the kitchen, one needs to give thought to the overall functionality and appearance of the kitchen. You need to plan for reliable appliances, sinks, table and furniture, lighting, good storage space, power points, flooring. Colors and materials of cabinets and countertops can give life and vibrancy to your kitchen.
If you are moving into a house or an apartment in which the kitchen is already planned and full of equipment, you can still imprint your own personality on the area by changing the color of the walls, adding accessories, replacing countertops and floor coverings or finishes. Is easier to market homes for rent that have a renovated kitchen and properties with new kitchens generally deliver higher rental returns.
Kitchen Design Resources
The work triangle is a very important component of kitchen design. It is made up of a sink, cooktop, and refrigerator. The space between the elements of the triangle should be no more than 7-10 meters with 7 meters being ideal. The sink should ideally be placed where there is plenty of natural light. For storage try out large drawers and pullout units. Use task lighting to light work areas, like benches and the sink – avoid shadows.
Designers have categorized the kitchen into three kinds:
The flamboyant kinds with a number of different surfaces such as the bench heights, work triangle (sink, refrigerator, and oven/cooktop) expanding into the coffee area, breakfast counter, and wine areas. The other one is with benches and cabinets made of stainless steel, multiple sinks, and ovens. The third one is the kitchen that almost acts as a background, mainly attached to the dining areas and separated by just a platform. This is mainly for smaller spaces. Basically just an area for preparing food.
Kitchen appliances are not just your traditional stoves and refrigerators. They now are about state-of-the-art fridges, freezers, ovens, and dishwashers. You will find a host of appliances in Australia to suit your lifestyle and budget. A number of offers from leading appliances and discount appliances make it difficult for you to choose from. Check the features of the appliances and watch out for new appliances in the market when you start designing your kitchen. If you have a tight budget, look for some cheap appliances with basic good features. Our kitchen appliances guide will give you an idea about what’s in the market.
-For fridges and freezers check out what Samsung, LG, Fisher and Paykel, and Westinghouse have to offer.
-For Dishwashers check out what Dishlex, LG, Fisher, Whirlpool and Paykel, and Westinghouse have to offer.
-For Ovens check out Blanco, Wolf and Fisher, and Paykel.
-For Microwaves check out what Sharp, Panasonic, LG, and Whirlpool have to offer.
Improving your kitchen can have an added benefit to your property prices. Use the kitchen improvement ideas provided on this site and add extra value to your house.