Kitchens – Design and renovation planning guide
Are you dreaming of a kitchen renovation? Wondering where to start? And how do you design a kitchen? If you love the idea of a new kitchen and you are feeling overwhelmed I’m here to help guide you in the right direction. With so much to think about and plenty of decisions to be made, let’s break it down. Here is a list of important things to consider along the way. A new kitchen is a big investment and can have a huge impact on the value of your house and your quality of living. I want you to love your kitchen renovation and enjoy minimal disruption to your household during the entire process.
These days it’s so easy to find inspiration, it’s everywhere. Look online, find kitchen magazines, go to display homes. Visit display rooms and find colour combinations in store and everyday surroundings. Think outside the square, a good example is mother nature. When you think colours of the beach you can’t go wrong, creams and different shades of blue. My favourite tip here is if you’re drawn to something write it down or take a photo, keep collecting ideas to find your true style. The more inspiration you have the better! Your cabinet maker will have a clear idea of your vision to help bring it all together.
Choosing a Kitchen benchtop?
One of the most important choices you’ll make designing a kitchen is the benchtop. The kitchen benchtop is one of the first places to find your style and colours. Is your kitchen the hub of your home? Are you someone who loves cooking and want to embrace a luxurious stone benchtop as the focal point of your kitchen. Maybe you’re a renovator planning a fresh new look with engineered stone. You could be looking for a particular colour and texture and find the perfect option using a laminated benchtop. Do your research the options are many and very personal. My top tip here is you don’t need to compromise on appearance to have a practical work bench. New technology and demand have created high quality waterproof beautiful surfaces in amazing colour hues.
Deciding which Kitchen door is the right choice?
Let’s talk kitchen doors! Colour, texture and contour can make a massive difference to the look and feel of your kitchen. It can also change how functional the doors are to clean and depending on your choice it can add considerably to your final quote. Simplicity is key if your benchtop is the hero feature. If you’re looking for a high end finish you can’t go past a 2 pak painted door for contemporary elegance. A painted door although more expensive will add luxury to your home and withstand changing trends remaining classic. Available in a variety of different contours to suit a modern clean kitchen or a highly detailed country look.
Handles add the finishing touch for kitchens
Kitchen handles are a great way to add a touch of glamour and elevate your style or can be a way to introduce common fashion trends without permanency. Handles can blend or be a statement piece. Kitchen handles can also be used to blend colour tones to suit adjoining rooms. My tip for handle selection is have confidence to mix knobs with handles throughout your kitchen. Using knobs for draws and handles for doors looks excellent.
Kitchens need to be aesthetically pleasing and functional. Have you heard of the working triangle? It’s fundamental for planning your design, it is a ergonomic concept used to determine kitchen floor plans. In an ideal kitchen you should be able to draw a triangle between the kitchen sink, refrigerator and stovetop. Kitchen design is vital for organisation and storage and a clever design can transform a chaotic small kitchen into a dream work space. Get the best advice from an experienced cabinet maker or interior decorator, they design kitchens for a living and have multiple solutions to accommodate the most challenging kitchen spaces. Even if you are using the same footprint your kitchen plan carefully.
Appliances for Kitchens
Often one of the first considerations when renovating your kitchen. Shop around for specials and visit a specialty appliance store. I love winning appliances in Fortitude Valley, there you will find all the information and answers to the most discerning renovators or master chefs. Your cabinet maker will require specifications for cook tops, ovens and dish washers prior to designing your kitchen if they are not standard sizing.
Kitchens taps and hardware
Let’s not forget kitchen sinks and tapware for your list. Consider stainless steel and granite undermount or drop in sinks or a ceramic butler sink. Have fun the options are amazing!
Find the best cabinet maker
I highly recommend finding a cabinet maker with experience, great reviews and one you feel comfortable with. Peter from Fine Cabinet Works listens carefully so he can design the best kitchens personally suited to you and your lifestyle. Always on time, leaves your home clean and tidy and communicates clearly. Customers say he is very approachable and nothing is too much trouble.
It’s a good idea to ask questions before and after your quote. Industry language may not be clear to someone who isn’t involved in the cabinet maker world. Quote inclusions from Fine Cabinet Works will always include the best quality hardware. Every aspect of your kitchen is manufactured utilising leading brands and high end materials. Kitchen hinges, draw runners and handles are all essential elements for the longevity of your kitchen. Fine Cabinet Works only use the best.
Planning ahead for your new kitchen
Grab your calendar and make a coffee, lets talk other considerations
- Timing for other tradespeople and when to book them (Fine Cabinet Works can organise if requested)
- Kitchen removal and disposal
- How to live without a kitchen and for how long
- Installation dates
Thanks for considering Fine Cabinet Works for your kitchen renovation. If you’d like to chat with Peter to plan your new kitchen or ask questions about kitchen renovations give him a call on 0413 117 436. If he’s onsite please leave a detailed message and he will return your call as soon as possible or email