If you’re in the planning stages of remodelling your kitchen there are a few things you should bear in mind before embarking on major work. A little bit of forethought can make all the difference between an acceptable kitchen and one that is a real pleasure in which to work.
Like many homeware products, kitchen taps have got very high tech in recent years. Gone are the times where all you could find to buy were ordinary hot & cold or plain old mixer taps. These days, you can get instantaneous hot water straight from the tap – no need to stand and wait for the kettle to boil before you can enjoy your first cuppa of the morning!
Heavy-duty kitchen taps which used to only be seen in industrial kitchens are now available for the domestic market. You can now get those rugged taps with extendible, flexible hoses for jet spraying debris from plates, pots & pans before they’re loaded into the dishwasher. If that’s the kind of thing you’re after, some of this range of Grohe kitchen taps may be suitable.
Many, such as Hansgrohe kitchen taps, incorporate sensor control – just move your hands back & forth under the spout and temperature-controlled water will flow automatically, great if your hands are dirty or you’ve been handling raw meat or fish. You can find a huge range of these kind of kitchen taps at Superbath.
Take to the floor
The kitchen floor is probably the heaviest area of use in most houses. It needs to be durable, non slip and easy to vacuum and mop. There’s a huge range of options available – rubber, laminate, linoleum, ceramic & stone tile, wooden boards and polished concrete to name a few. The choice depends on your favoured look – and budget too of course! Some surfaces are suitable to carry through into another room or even garden to give real flow to the space.
Off the wall
Choosing the right wall covering and material is an important factor in your kitchen design. Most importantly it needs to be resilient and easy clean to clean particularly above the stove and around sink area. Ceramic tiles, sealed natural stone, glass and stainless steel are all great options. The wall covering is also an opportunity to inject a desired colour into a scheme – from subtle natural tones to attention grabbing feature walls. Ceramic tiles and specially formulated kitchen paints provide a limitless range of options when it comes to completing the look.
Let there be light!
There are so many options when it comes to lighting in the kitchen. It needs to be practical in that it provides light for working, yet it also has the potential to create atmosphere and drama. Home design often combines cooking and dining into one open plan space these days and lighting can help define these different zones. Therefore, spotlights, task lighting, strip lights, under-counter down-lights for worktop tasks, over-table pendant lights for dining, extractor units with integral lighting for cooking can all be incorporated into a scheme as required. When it comes to bulbs, energy saving LEDs initially cost more, but you won’t have to get the stepladder out to change them as often as normal halogen bulbs.
Whether your planning on installing a fitted or free-standing kitchen, you can never have too much storage. My dream house would contain a separate pantry area for storing surplus jars, tinned food and other dry goods.
Fitted kitchen designs are very clever these days with a combination of overhead and low cupboards in a myriad of sizes, shapes and configurations – with special corner drawer units and under stair shelving to make use of often wasted space. A well-designed kitchen makes the most of drawer, counter-top and shelf space. Decide whether you’d prefer cabinet doors, open shelves or a mixture of both. Some things look lovely on display – jars of different shaped pasta, preserved fruits, pulses and so on.
Free-standing kitchens can be more quirky and unique. Express your style with vintage kitchenettes, butchers blocks, welsh dressers and plate racks. Finish the look with wicker or wire baskets in various shapes and sizes.
What’s the point?
With plug points, similar to storage, you can never have too many. When planning your new kitchen, think about the best place to install them. As well as needing to plug in white goods such as the fridge, stove and dish washer, think about where small appliances such as kettle, toaster, coffee-maker, microwave, food processors etc are going to be situated. Where would the best place be to plug in the vacuum cleaner? Space saving plug points can pop up from within the work surface or embedded flush into the floor.