The kitchen is where it all happens in our family.

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The kitchen is where it all happens in our family.

While preparing and eating food is the main activity, it just seems that the kitchen – out of all the rooms in our house – is where we all seem to congregate, where we seem to be at our happiest and where we have those discussions about the day.

So, based on our experience, here’s a few tips on how to design the best kitchen for your family – tips that may prevent you overlooking some of the smaller things that often get missed.

Tip 1: Temporary bench top – Once the cabinets have been installed, a template for the benchtop is made.
This is to ensure that everything in your kitchen fits precisely. Fabricating the finished benchtop can take time so there is often a 3 – 14 day wait. This can be frustrating – all this work and still no useable kitchen. But here’s a temporary workaround.
Ask your builder to install a temporary mdf benchtop with the sink and hobs hooked up. This can feel like a real treat after waiting 2-6 week wait for the cabinetry to be installed.

Tip 2: Electrical plan – Think of the electrical and lighting design before you design your kitchen.
Talk to a good lighting expert, who knows the latest options and the best way to give your kitchen that point of difference, as well as making it a great working and relaxing environment. Planning carefully in advance saves time and money, as well as ensuring
you are getting the best available technology.

Tip 3: Maximise space – After living in the Netherlands I’ve seen the dutchies create the most brilliant
solutions in the most tiny spaces. The best solution I saw was touch drawers in the toe space under the kitchen cabinetry.
When you press the front of them with your foot they open. Brilliant for storing those pans you don’t often use. Good kitchen designers can show you how to maximise storage.

Tip 4: Layout – Kitchen designs have come to new heights especially since your 1970’s U kitchen. Unfortunately
we still see a lot of houses designed where the kitchen space has not been given enough advance thought, and the results are disappointing – inaccessible corner cupboards, inefficient pantries etc. So, get your kitchen designer in early, before you finalise
your build design, so you can maximise your build investment.

Tip 5: Extra depth in the bench top. A standard benchtop is typically manufactured at 600mm deep. However,
creating a 700mm deep bench top makes a huge visual difference and this gives you other added options. For example:

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  • Recessed knife grooves
  • Recess Herb pots
  • Extra deep cabinetry
  • Additional depth behind and in front of your hobs for herb and oils.

Keep these tips in mind and I promise you that the chances of your kitchen renovation being a success will be high and more importantly an enjoyable experience.

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