Kitchen styles come and go. But on average, kitchens last 15 to 20 years. As the appliances and cabinetry are built-in, it’s quite expensive to make changes once the kitchen is finished. That’s why it’s best to get expert advice before starting.
Maximise your storage space
Built-in cabinetry uses every millimetre of space. Those weird corners can be designed to store pots neatly. Instead of losing spices at the back of a cabinet, deep drawers can easily access capers and fenugreek whenever the moment arises.
The right placement of appliances through careful design can open up areas for storage, too.
Every household is different. That’s why every kitchen is different. Your family may be taller or shorter than average. Cooking may be a family affair or a solo adventure. Your lifestyle affects your kitchen design. A designer will create a kitchen for the flow of traffic and create spaces for people to congregate.
“A designer will ask specific questions to determine your needs. These questions are carefully planned so we get to know you and how you use your space,” says designer, Natasha Matthews.
The placement of the fridge, stove and sink need to be considered, too. Together, they make the kitchen work triangle, and breaking rules such as these can create a less practical space.
Other design features can help with safety. If the microwave is too high, spilling hot soup can burn your arms or neck. Placing a towel rack too close to the stove can also be disastrous.
The kitchen can affect the sale price of your property
Buyers can spot a kitchen DIY job a mile away. A cupboard with a gap in the wrong place or materials that don’t match the theme of the house can instantly cheapen the home. Potential buyers will factor in the cost of a kitchen renovation when negotiating the sale price.
If buyers can see themselves enjoying your kitchen and cooking up a storm, it will create more interest in your property. And, drive up the price.
The kitchen fits in with your home
A kitchen designer will consider the style, fittings and colour scheme of your home and make sure your kitchen fits in well. A rustic looking home should have a rustic element in the kitchen, not a chandelier.
If the kitchen doesn’t match the rest of the home, it looks disconnected. As the current trend is for open plan living, a seamless transition from the kitchen to the living room and beyond gives the home a complete, whole feeling.
Choosing the right materials
While most homeowners look for colour and style, materials can also vary based on durability, budget and practicality. A family with kids may require a benchtop that’s stain and heat resistant. Slate tiles and black marble can attract dust. Wood veneer is attractive, but needs care. A kitchen designer can show you a range of materials that suit you and your lifestyle.
“Designers have great relationships with product suppliers. The suppliers frequently visit our showroom and meet with our designers. We stay on top of the latest benchtops, doors, handles and hardware options,” says managing director Braydn.
Designers can help with budgeting
A designer can look at your budget and advise where you’re best to splurge, and save. A marble splashback is dramatic, but usually costs a lot more than tiles. Perhaps spending more on durability rather than trending materials is a better option. A designer can help with choosing a kitchen style and materials that achieve the look you’re after, within your budget.
Braydn says, “Design is not just a hobby or interest, it’s a profession which comes with training, knowledge and expertise. We can walk into a room and visualise how to make the most effective use of your space.”
For more information on designing a kitchen that suits your lifestyle, home and budget, get in touch with Fisher Kitchens.