The kitchen is the most popular, and most renovated room in the house. Renovating it adds value to a home by updating the look, feel, and function. While perfecting the design of your kitchen, it is important to not compromise functionality. Below are a few common mistakes:
UNDER & OVER-DOING TREND
Trends come and go so always keep outdating and resale in mind. One person’s ‘wow’ ideas might not be so fabulous in a few years’ time, and might not be to the taste of potential future home owners.
- Think carefully about the finishes and design.
- Don’t completely disregard trend and style. Include unusual features, or introduce trend subtly through easy to replace accessories and furnishings.
CREATING AN INEFFICIENT SPACE
The workspace is a crucial consideration. Poorly laid out kitchens only make work harder and more time consuming.
- The most used, primary activities in the kitchen are at the stove, sink, and fridge. These 3 areas form the work triangle and should have unobstructed access to increase efficiency.
- Consider secondary tasks next and where they will be most convenient in relation to their reliance on the primary appliances.
- A drawer, cupboard, or appliance should not collide with a wall, another appliance, or door when open. 900 mm is a recommended pathway width to optimise workflow, as it gives enough space to perform tasks, but is also close enough to move hot and heavy food quickly and easily.
- Don’t eliminate a splashback wall where it is necessary. They are an aesthetic feature, but are also functional when protecting walls from water, steam, and grease.
- Think about the most convenient ways for doors to swing in your space, and consider an easy route to the main door for ease of bringing in groceries and taking out rubbish bins.
CUTTING DOWN ON STORAGE SPACE AND QUALITY
- Choosing better quality cupboards will help cabinets withstand the wear and tear of regular usage, saving money in the long run, and keeping the kitchen looking newer for longer.
- Not having enough storage to suit needs may result in clutter, mess, and frustration. This can be avoided with imaginative and careful planning.
- Take an inventory before planning the space. Rank items according to importance of accessibility, and roughly position where it would be most convenient to store everything.
- Maximise storage space by incorporating drawers, shelves, and racks where most appropriate. Fill otherwise unused space such as corner cupboards. Place cupboards above countertops and fridges.
- Don’t leave too much open shelving. Display what looks good.
TOO LITTLE COUNTER SPACE
Sufficient counter space is needed for placing appliances and preparing meals (or other activities).
- Evaluate the use of the counter space and plan for what is needed by creating various workspaces. Countertops can be an aesthetic feature but also carry an important function.
- Counter space next to the stove is required to move hot food quickly, and counter space next to the fridge is always useful.
- Space may be required for someone to sit and chat while cooking, or for homework.
DISREGARDING THE EXTRACTOR FAN
Unless you want your house constantly smelling like last night’s dinner, this is a bad idea. It is important to get the best extractor fan possible, with the right size ducting. This will keep it as quiet as possible, while it removes smoke and heat. The quality of the cooler air left behind is improved.
BADLY POSITIONED PLUG POINTS
- Look at what appliances need power, and position plug points accordingly.
- Keep safety requirements and regulations in mind, and have this approved by a professional. Badly placed plug points can lead to house fires, or electrocution caused by mixing water, hot surfaces, cables, and electricity.
- Keep sockets away from sinks to avoid water and electricity encountering each other.
- Overloading sockets could potentially cause overheating and start a fire.
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