Your kitchen is the heart of your home – a place to prepare a grand culinary feast or a quick two-bite morsel, to receive and entertain friends and family alike, to chat, share and cherish…consider these 9 tips when designing the kitchen of your dreams!
Open-Plan Living & Sightlines
Consider integrating your home’s living space with your kitchen to create an open-plan layout. Eliminate superfluous walls, partitions and bulkheads to reveal boundless space and limitless opportunities – to create an open-plan, family-friendly space better suited to today’s interactive and busy lifestyle. Incorporate an island or peninsula complete with additional storage, work surface, breakfast bar and even a serving buffet.
The new open-plan kitchen in this illustration, with its postcard-like expanded sightline to the ocean, was converted from a small galley style to a contemporary fully-functional kitchen fit for any and all culinary exploits!
Why not take the opportunity to transform your kitchen by incorporating cabinetry that offers improved accessibility and storage options with the use of drawer equipped units instead of entirely traditional shelved cabinets? Lazy Susans and pull-outs may further assist in maximizing storage and functionality in otherwise inaccessible spaces, while value-added tall floor to ceiling pantries, deeper and extended height cabinets, or built-in appliance cabinets may also be incorporated in a redesign to help improve practicality.
This kitchen renovation was treated to a fresh makeover of cabinetry with off-white raised panel door and drawer fronts. The new island, including its 24” deep cabinets on the kitchen side and its 12” deep ones open to the living room, vastly increases the storage alternatives available to these homeowners. Combined with its 24” full height pantry, equipped with full extension drawers, and the additional cabinetry integrated into its dining room this home renovation delivers on style and practicality.
Consider the plethora of countertops available to you when redesigning your kitchen. Depending on your needs and expectations, we recommend solid surface tops in quartz, granite or marble. Quartz counters in 2 or 3cm or double edge 4cm slabs are an excellent choice as they are non-porous and resist staining, never need sealing, are National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified food safe and are man-made consisting of 93% quartz & 7% proprietary colouring and resins. When determining your ideal top surface, keep in mind the activities you wish to undertake (and enjoy) in your new kitchen.
In this transformation, our selection juxtaposed white quartz, with veins of toasted caramel and buttons of toffee, in double edge 4cm slabs with one seam to wrap around a structural column.
Adequate & Efficient Storage
Attempt to maximize the quantity and efficiency of the storage alternatives that you incorporate into your kitchen renovation. Try full extension drawers that are easy to stock, clean & maintain, and empty – you will never again lose another can, box, dish or small appliance, for that matter, in crammed, disorganized and inaccessible cabinetry.
Durable & Quality Materials
Select materials that are long-wearing, durable and easy to maintain such as cabinetry that carries a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty and is equipped with original Blum soft-closing door and drawer hardware. They are available in a choice of 18 design/finish door and drawer fronts and provide virtually unlimited customization of cabinetry and interiors.
Quartz countertops are non-porous, stain and scratch resistant, hygienic, easy to care for and maintain – they do not require constant sealing – and offer colour and pattern consistency.
Consider a backsplash alternative that is equally durable and practical. Our homeowner LOVED the opulent look of marble, but wanted neither the fuss nor expense of its constant maintenance. The solution came in the form of a porcelain herringbone that mimics the look and feel of marble without any of its upkeep.
For flooring, choose options that can stand up to the pace and wear of your “hard-working” kitchen. Try commercial grade, scratch and fade resistant laminate that can be installed as a floating floor over any concrete or wood substructure. Our open-plan kitchen renovation included AC5 European made laminate in a white washed, “distressed” finish floated over SolidSound noise suppressing membrane.
Layout & Flow
Carefully consider the layout and flow present in your current kitchen setup and determine whether there are any deficiencies that can be better addressed. Evaluate the organization of your kitchen by looking at your current work triangle (the area between your sink, stove and fridge) and work zones (i.e. wash, cook, prep.) Determine if the efficiency and flow of your kitchen can be improved with a redesign and renovation.
We maintained the galley style of this kitchen, but expanded its footprint, integrated it with the core living spaces of the home and decked it out with an abundance of storage, ample work surfaces and well-appointed appliances.
Consider Present & Future Needs & Wants
Determine whether your desired renovation is merely to address cosmetic upgrades, to change aesthetics or to remedy fundamental concerns over layout. Consider what needs are a priority for your family and what tasks and activities you wish to be able to tackle in your kitchen. Namely, do you desire an expansive island counter for baking, a single bowl handmade stainless steel undermount sink perfect for washing large platters and casserole dishes, display options to showcase china, keepsakes and collectibles or a designated zone for homework and crafts?
Consideration should be paid to incorporating elements in classic, timeless and neutral finishes to increase their appeal and longevity. Bold insertions, fads or trends can certainly be included, but with measured enthusiasm.
Our example included off-white cabinetry with brushed nickel handles, stainless appliances, and muted countertop, backsplash and accent tile selections to create a kitchen that will remain the centrepiece of this home renovation for years to come.
Include task and mood lighting in a variety of forms such as pendant fixtures or LED recessed
In our kitchen renovation, a drop ceiling above the kitchen area was added to house 4” recessed dimmable LED fixtures (which consume minimal energy and have a long lifespan,) while remote controlled linear flush mount LED undercabinet lighting was incorporated.
Also, never underestimate the importance of natural light, so, where possible, take advantage of windows or skylights.
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