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7 Key Factors To Consider Before Engaging In A Kitchen Overhaul

Feb 9, 2017 ALL KITCHENS

A renovation of any sort in your home can be a big financial and emotional investment. Plenty of your time goes into decision making and planning, and knowing what to expect or consider before the project starts will help you prepare for the process. This is no different when it comes to kitchen renovations – after all, the kitchen is the center of your home. Christmas Lunch is served up in your kitchen and birthday cakes that will be remembered for years to come are baked in the kitchen. Before you engage in a kitchen overhaul, make sure you consider the following.

1. The Kitchen Triangle

The kitchen triangle, simply put, is the pathway from the refrigerator to the sink to the stove and back to the refrigerator. It is highly advised that every kitchen have an efficient work triangle and adequate amounts of counter space for prep work. You will notice that all professional kitchens have a well flowing kitchen triangle, making it much easier to utilise your kitchen to the best of it’s ability.

2. Keep Your Dishwasher And Sink In Close Proximity

There is nothing worse than grease and water spilling all over your kitchen floors when you transfer the dishes from the sink to the dishwasher. Although this seems insignificant, not having to mop up a daily mess on the floor will save you a lot of precious time and hassle.

3. Are You Upgrading Your Appliances?

You will need to decide whether you are going to keep your current appliances or splash out on new ones. If you are planning on purchasing new appliances such as ovens and dishwashers, you will need to know the size of your current space in order to decide if it needs to be expanded or not.

4. Lighting Is Essential

There is nothing more dangerous than a kitchen that is full of electrical appliances and knives but that does not have adequate and sufficient lighting. You need to see where you are going, what you are doing and of course, what you are cooking! You may consider opening up a large window in your kitchen to allow lots of natural light to come in, on top of installing under cabinet lights that are great to use in the night time or whenever it is dark out.

5. Think Hard About Countertop Materials

There are a wide variety of countertop materials available to consumers these days – from natural stone, to laminate to even bamboo. It is important to think about what you will be using your countertops for the most, in order to pick the best materials that suit your purpose. If you need something that is going to be heat resistant because you place hot pots and pans down very often, natural stone is a fantastic option. On the flip side, if you are not too much of an avid cook, materials such as bamboo and acrylic are a solid option.

6. The Energy Efficiency Of Your Kitchen

In order to save on exorbitant electricity bills in the long run, consider investing in energy star rated appliances which use electricity more efficiently than other appliances. The higher the star rating, the more energy efficient your appliance is.

7. Space Between Counters

It is recommended that you leave a minimum of 1 metre floor space between your counters, in order to give you adequate space of open cabinets and drawers, as well as to stand in front of your dishwasher when it is fully opened. No one wants an uncomfortably cramped kitchen!

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With these factors in mind, you can go forth and start building your dream kitchen!