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What is your ultimate kitchen style and why?
A kitchen that is simple and elegant. Materials that are
not stark and avoid anything so bold that it dates and
you get tired of the look. I would use a warm palette of
colours and finishes with simple details and feature areas.
What is the most important design aspect
to get right in the kitchen?
There are quite a few aspects that need to be considered.
Good quality appliances such as the oven, microwave
and rangehood are vital.
Some rangehoods look stylish but are not very
e ective, so when choosing one make sure that it has a
large fluming capacity to extract smells, oil and smoke.
For an e ective look, use lighting to increase illumination
under the overhead.
Storage is very important when designing a kitchen.
Make sure you have as much usable bench space and
appliance cupboards for everyday appliances. Make all the
shelves adjustable rather then fixed so they give you more
flexibility. Speak to your cabinet-maker about di erent
items that are available such as built-in cutlery drawers,
utensil drawers, corner tidy units, and rubbish bins.
Drawers are more expensive than cupboards but
are more usable and easier to access. Use soft closing
drawers and hinges for drawers and cupboards.
There are many questions that people should ask
themselves before they come up with the final design.
How large is the family and how much does the
homeowner use the kitchen? Do they enjoy cooking and
if so what do they like to cook? Make sure that the oven is
appropriate for this. What is the age of the homeowners and
do they have any ailments? For example, do they have a bad
back? If so, use wall ovens rather than underbench ovens
and if they have young children then underbench ovens and
microwaves can be dangerous but use less space.
Cost aside, what is the dream feature
of the ultimate kitchen?
A scullery or large working pantry.
What materials do you recommend using
when creating/designing this look?
Durable surfaces such as manufactured stone and stainless
steel for benchtops. Doors that are laminate, vinyl wrap,
timber veneer or lacquered. Also splashbacks that are
coloured glass, stainless steel, tiles, mosaics or the same
stone that you use on the bench tops look very e ective.
How can people incorporate this style of
kitchen without a total renovation? What are
simple ways to create your chosen style?
Simple things such as changing the doors, benchtops and
handles create an instant refreshing look. You could also
change the splashback using glass, stone, stainless steel,
tiles or mosaics and adding stainless steel appliances
creates an elegant contrast to the look.
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