Long gone are the days where the kitchen was used simply as a place for cooking and washing up.
Today, the kitchen is the hardest working room of the home. A place for homework, dining, entertaining, and spending time together as a family, the kitchen needs to be an efficient multi-purpose space that caters to the needs of every family member, factors that have been considered at the design stage.
From kitchen layout to finishing fixtures and storage, here's how to make sure your kitchen is perfect for you:
CHOOSE THE RIGHT FLOOR PLAN
Your floor plan should be designed with your family's needs in mind. If there is going to be a lot of activity in the kitchen, dual-access entries are a great option, allowing the zone to have better flow and operate more seamlessly.
Consider your appliances when deciding upon benchtop space — how much room will you need for meal prep? If you're planning to use the kitchen to read and write, ensure there is an island or designated bench space to accommodate.
Remember that when planning your kitchen layout, functionality is key. Apply the work triangle: ensure the sink, fridge and stovetop are placed at the three points of the triangle with even spacing between each point. If your fridge or cupboard is too close to the stovetop, cooking with pots and pans with handles can become impractical.
OPT FOR A FUNCTIONAL FIT OUT
Not only does your kitchen fit out need to accommodate your aesthetic approach, it also needs to serve your family's practical needs.
Leading real estate group Mirvac offer their Homes by Mirvac residential clients kitchen design advice that specifically serves their household's individual needs, providing assistance with floor plans, appliances, benchtops, pantries, sinks and even natural lighting.
"Everybody's idea of the dream kitchen will be slightly different but we focus on designing kitchens that are efficient for the cook, provide a social function for family and guests and integrate naturally with the living space," says Mirvac's General Manager of Design, Marketing and Sales, Diana Sarcasmo. "Nobody wants a benchtop that stains or scratches so every material is put through a rigorous testing procedure before it is included in our schedule of finishes."
If you're living with little ones, hard-wearing surface materials and soft-close drawers are a smart investment. You'll save money in the long run, and new innovative designs allow for both function and style.
"Kitchens are expensive to update," says Sarcasmo. "Therefore it's important that the materials and finishes are contemporary but timeless and above all, durable."
CHOOSE CLEVER STORAGE
Start by listing everything your kitchen needs to house: pots, pans, glassware, cutlery, crockery etc., then divide each into different categories. Aim to give each category its own place and allow that to determine your storage choices. This will help to make sure your kitchen will be able to fit everything in.
Drawers usually work better underneath benches than cabinets do, allowing for more visual access. Cupboards are the best option for storing glassware, food and cleaning products. If you prefer a walk-in pantry, go for a combination of drawers and cupboards to cope with all situations.
Kitchen islands are a clever place to implement extra storage. Clever designs now include extra cupboards and drawers, as well as sinks, power points and even wine fridges. If your family is growing, consider implementing extra storage for your future needs. The most efficient kitchens evolve with you and your family.
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