Home' K and B : Kitchens and Bathrooms 2010 Contents Lincoln Trager (pictured above), of e Maker
Designer Kitchens, shares his experience to
ensure your next kitchen is perfect.
Purchasing appliances before designing the
kitchen. It's best to jot down your wish list of
appliances and present these to the designer
when they start the design process. ey may
suit the space and your lifestyle perfectly, but,
if they don't, you haven't wasted money or
compromised the design in the meantime.
Not considering the area. You must consider
the current style of your home in the design
of your new kitchen and bathroom. ere's no
point having an ultra-modern kitchen in an
older style house; this could date the rest of
your home very quickly.
Damaging new timber floors. Do not put on the
final polish until the kitchen is in place -- the
boards will get scratched. Do the final polish at
the end, so they look brand new.
Putting the fridge next to a wall that is too long.
is means you cannot open your fridge door
fully. Make sure the wall is shallow enough:
cut it down or put in a buffer zone, cabinet or
Not enough power points. Consider your area
and allocate power points. Do you want power
on your island bench? Do you have enough
points for all benchtop appliances? Are they
in locations that won't have unsightly cords
running across your work zones? ink very
carefully and consult with your designer on
this early in the initial design phase.
Lack of planning for waste areas. Consider
enclosing waste disposal and/or recycling to
make a specific waste area that's out of sight.
e more integrated it is, the more likely you
are to use it. ere are some great options on
the market today.
Going for an inferior benchtop. Not everyone
can afford a marble benchtop. And it may not
be practical for everyone. But don't choose to
skimp in this area. e benchtop is one of the
most-used surfaces in the home, so choose a
quality, durable one -- it will last forever.
Going for look over function.
Are the microwave and oven at the correct
height for pulling out hot items? Do you
really need that huge double oven in your
small kitchen? Don't get carried away with
the plethora of appliances and finishes on the
market, think hard about what will work best
for you and make your life easier.
Tra ffic jams. e kitchen, especially, is one of the
hardest working and busiest rooms of the home,
so ensure your workflow is uninterrupted. Traffic
should go around the kitchen, not through it.
Poor traffic flow is not only irritating, but it can
also be potentially dangerous when dealing with
hot pans and boiling water.
Not choosing a quality kitchen company.
Some design-only companies subcontract
work to cabinetmakers based on price. So,
ensure that your designer is going to be closely
involved in the manufacturing process of your
kitchen -- it will result in a better value and
A seamless look in the Boulevard kitchen from The Maker Designer Kitchens.
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