A Guide to Creating a Functional Kitchen
- July 18, 2018
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Kitchens
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house so choosing the layout can have a major effect on the overall feel of your home. Whether you are building a brand-new kitchen or replacing an existing one, it is important to take into consideration all the details from cabinetry, to tapware, and splashbacks.
Create Optimal Functionality
To create optimal functionality, we encourage clients to consider utilising the kitchen space to incorporate enough room for 2 or more people. The “working triangle” was said to be the basic rule for a functional kitchen layout. This is when your kitchen sink, cooktop and fridge are placed in an invisible triangle.
However, as the kitchen is now a central area in a home the layouts have drastically changed. Incorporating a kitchen that allows for interaction with others means the kitchen layout needs to be carefully considered. A breakfast bar is a great way to enhance interaction, as it allows for the kitchen to be a part of the open plan living and dining, while adding an abundance of storage and bench space.
Not only is your kitchen layout an important factor to consider, but the small details in a kitchen can make a drastic impact on functionality. Think carefully about storage; deep draws, shelves and a large pantry can make a world of difference. A scullery is another option that solves the dilemma between a functional and presentable kitchen. In most designs, a scullery is connected to the main kitchen or set between the kitchen and dining area. With growing families and the desire to entertain guests, a scullery can provide extra space to store away appliances and allow extra bench space for preparation.
The Heart of The Home
As a kitchen is said to be the heart of the home, it can set the tone for your whole house. Carefully research styles that are both practical yet beautiful. Benchtops are a large element in an open plan living and dining, so a neutral pallet is the safest way to go. You can easily change your accessories and furniture but changing a kitchen bench is a costly and timely task. Think about the different style trends whether you want; modern, industrial, traditional or coastal. But take this into consideration during the initial design stage. Your selections can make a huge difference to the overall feel of your home.
Deciding on a material for your benchtop is a daunting experience, there are so many different types to choose from. We recommend choosing a material that is durable; Granite and polished concrete are two of the most hard-wearing materials available. Colour and texture are other elements to take into consideration. You want a material with minimal maintenance and maximum style.
Make a Statement
To incorporate a little luxury into your kitchen, think about adding a marbled or textured splashback. A well-designed splashback creates an instant luxurious backdrop for your kitchenware. Get creative with the details and don’t be afraid to make a statement. Matte black tapware, patterned tiles and exposed timber beams are all trending in 2018. The aim for a kitchen is to create a beautiful and functional environment, so make sure you add that “wow” factor.
Depending on the location of your kitchen you can create a bright, airy kitchen by incorporating a narrow kitchen window above the cabinetry which allows for maximum storage and creates a feature. Adding a skylight can drastically change the ambience of your kitchen and can open up a small space. Allowing natural light to beam through the kitchen is an integral part of a functioning design.
There are so many different aspects to consider when renovating or building a kitchen. A kitchen layout needs to be well thought out, so do your research, visit display homes and think carefully about your lifestyle to create optimal functionality.
At Kre8 Constructions WA we know the importance of a well-designed kitchen. If you are looking at building or renovating your home, contact us today for a free consultation. With an in-house designer and an experienced construction team, we can help you create your dream home.