Kitchen Renovation Tips Part 1: The Space
People like to say that the kitchen is the heart of a home, and it’s hard to disagree.
From family meals through to social events, there’s a lot of action centred around the cooking and eating spaces of a house. With this in mind, it’s important to make sure that your kitchen has all the necessary bells and whistles, while also looking great. This combination of form and function can be difficult to get right, but if correctly managed can add a lot of value to a property.
In this article, we’ll look at some top tips for organising your kitchen space when renovating. By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to ensure you get maximum value when it comes time to sell your home.
The shape or layout that you choose can have a massive impact on the overall ‘feel’ of the room.
Arguably the most important choice when renovating a kitchen, the shape or layout can have a massive impact on the overall ‘feel’ of the room. This will dictate how the space is used, and how easy it is to move around while cooking. There are lots of different options, but three of the most popular are the L-shaped, U-shaped and galley layouts. Each of these offers access to multiple parts of the kitchen from a central position, making it simple to work efficiently even in limited space. Of course, a bigger kitchen is always better, but by using an appropriate layout, you can maximise functionality without sacrificing any key appliances or bench space.
Speaking of bench space, this is absolutely critical. You can never have too much room for preparation or plating, and people always underestimate how much they really need. Part of the reason behind this is that several parts of your bench won’t be usable for food prep. For example, there will be sinks and cooktops to accommodate, and these can take up a fair amount of space. Lifestyle Magazine recommends at least four metres worth of bench space, and during the design stage, you should also consider depth, in order to avoid your dishwasher or oven sticking out and ruining the flat surface.
Bench spaces can also take a bit of punishment, so be sure to choose a material that can easily handle acidic produce and is strong enough to withstand hot plates.
Flow between a kitchen and dining area is incredibly important.
When you’re entertaining, the last thing that you want to be doing is rushing back and forth between the dining area and the kitchen. Likewise, if everybody else is chatting away merrily, you don’t want to be cloistered away cooking and unable to take part. For these reasons, flow between a kitchen and dining area is incredibly important, with most people opting for an open-plan arrangement that combines the two rooms into one larger space. This is great in terms of practicality – by making serving food easy – but also keeps chefs involved and creates a sense of open space.
This is hugely desirable and has been a big trend in recent years. Accordingly, by making sure to incorporate flow into your kitchen renovation, you’ll be able to attract more buyers and gain a higher price when it does eventually come time to move on to a new home.
In the second part of this series, we’ll take a closer look at some of the essential appliances you should look at for your kitchen. In the meantime, contact Laing+Simmons with any and all questions about the world of property.