Designing your dream kitchen

Designing your dream kitchen

If you are dreaming of building a grand kitchen to match your MasterChef-inspired cooking ambitions, there are few design tips to consider first.

If you are dreaming of building a grand kitchen to match your MasterChef-inspired cooking ambitions, there are few design tips to consider first.

Whether you have a lot of space to work with or need to create a compact and practical kitchen, a bit of thought at the design stage could save you a bundle in the future.

Lifestyle and layout
Start by thinking about how you live. Do you love to cook and entertain guests or do you mostly eat out? Are you a tidy person or does clutter creep in?

Also consider how often you shop and if you’d like a generous pantry or butler’s kitchen to store food items and prepare meals? How much storage do you actually need (we’re looking at you, Grandma’s crock pot)? Think about how big your fridge might be and whether you want a dishwasher.

Next, draw up a wish list, considering the layout – based on the shape of your block and how much space you have to work with – and your budget. Speaking to, renovation and interior design expert, Jane Eyles-Bennett, advises that the layout should be practical, have a view of the outdoor area and interact well with other spaces.

She says that homeowners should not discount the tried and tested kitchen work triangle layout – think sink and prep in one place, your oven in another and the fridge in a third spot – but choose a layout that works within the space you have.

Jane adds that many modern kitchens incorporate ‘zoned areas’ instead of the triangle layout, or a combination of both schools of thought. Zoned areas might include a ‘prep’ zone (benches), ‘cooking’ zone (for the oven, microwave and other frequently used appliances), ‘storage’ zone (for cupboards, the fridge and pantry) and a ‘cleaning’ zone (for the sink and dishwasher).

Architect vs the Professional Chefs
In its latest edition of Housing, the HIA asked three well-known Australians about their kitchen design essentials. Architect Joe Snell said he favours a window behind the kitchen sink and is a big fan of including a dishwasher.

Joe’s ideal benchtop is a material that is non-porous and easy to clean. “Look for products that are able to have large surface areas to reduce joins,” he adds. “If you must have a join then design it into your bench as if you put it there on purpose.”

TV Chefs Julie Goodwin and Dominique Rizzo agree that accessibility is key. They both favour stone benchtops, two ovens and big drawers and cupboards for easy access to pots and other cooking essentials.
Dominique says she loves her induction cooktop too: “The speed, efficiency, easy cleaning and extra workable space it provides is amazing.” 

Style savvy
The overall style of your home will probably determine the style of your kitchen, particularly if you are building an open plan home. Online tools like Pintrest and Instagram are teaming with inspiration, particularly if you want to learn the difference between Hamptons and French Country or Modern and Contemporary styles.  

Don’t just think of the big picture either. The lighting, splashback, handles and position of power points will all contribute to the overall look and practicality of your kitchen and should be considered in advance.

Finally, don’t be afraid to add some personality. Cabinets come in a wide range of finishes and colours so you will be spoilt for choice. Meanwhile, bright tea towels, decorator items and cookbooks are affordable ways to personalise the space but can easily be changed in the future.

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Source: Pindan Homes