Have you ever wished you had a modern kitchen design? I’m sure you would have set foot in a friend’s new designer kitchen and thought “Wow! I wish I had a modern kitchen like this one!” and wondered how you could transform your own kitchen. You may have gone home and Googled for kitchen designs, but you’re still not sure how it will work for your small kitchen space. There is no need to worry anymore – you will be able to apply these rules to any kitchen to ensure you get a perfect kitchen, whether it is for your own home or for an investment property.
1. Most of the traffic flow to the kitchen is to the fridge, so a good general layout rule is to keep the fridge to the outside of the kitchen, close to the family area. However, rules are made to be broken.
2. Once your kitchen cabinets and tops are in place you can try out a few splashback color/material options and the right color will just click. Don’t make the final decision on your color or material until after the bench tops are fitted – you just don’t know how it will all look until it is installed in your kitchen!
3. Failure to leave at least 300mm between your gas cook tops and stoves and a window (even if the window opens or not) can void insurance policies. This is a really important point to remember.
4. It is a really great idea to visit a good quality appliance retailer to get advice on the best appliances to suit your needs. There are a lot of new and different products on the market, so it pays to be informed. You may find the perfect appliance, but never had known it existed before!
5. Attend cooking demonstrations for new kitchen products – it is one thing to be told what it does, but to see the appliance in action speaks more than 1000 words! There are some things you really do need to see to believe.
6. You need to be able to communicate well with your kitchen designer. It is so important that you can as you will need to work together to find the best solution for your new kitchen. Talk together to find out what it is you want in your designer kitchen, and what you don’t want.
7. Avoid purchasing any appliances that may not fit in the best possible cabinet layout for your kitchen. Look at all of your options before making any decisions. You may negatively limit your options by telling your designer “I have this stove”. You will want to leave your options as open as possible until you are 100% sure you have the best kitchen design.