Kitchen Renovation Tips Part 2 : The Appliances

January 11, 2017 |
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In a recent article, we looked at a few things to keep in mind when renovating a kitchen.

We focused specifically on the space itself, and how the room should be laid out, but there’s another crucial element to any cooking space – appliances!

These can account for a huge portion of kitchen renovation costs, but it’s important to spend wisely. If you do this, you’ll be able to guarantee the best possible return on your investment when it eventually comes time to sell the property. Let’s take a look at a few of the essential factors to keep in mind when selecting kitchen appliances.

You don’t want to spend all of your budget on appliances that will soon be out of date.

Future proof

Technology is changing all the time, so you don’t want to spend all of your budget on appliances that will soon be out of date. Research is key here, and by keeping an eye on the hottest new trends (such as wine chillers and other ‘smart’ technologies), you should be able to future-proof your kitchen for at least a few years. Similarly, select appliances with long warranties and a durable construction. This way, you can rest easy knowing that they’ll be able to stand up to the heavy usage that ovens, fridges and cooktops typically endure.

Plan before you build

When we looked at the layout of your kitchen, we focused a lot on bench space, which is critical to any kitchen. When planning your layout, you should already have the appliances you want firmly locked in. This will ensure you still have plenty of space for food preparation once items like sinks are installed. Similarly, it’s key to consider depth, especially with larger units such as dishwashers. The last thing you want is an overhanging lip or protruding edge that could present a safety hazard.

Choosing appliances before you build will allow you to perfectly design the kitchen around them.

Energy efficiency

It might be tempting to go for cheaper options with certain appliances like microwaves or fridges, but this can often come with a downside in terms of energy efficiency. Spending a little bit more will actually save you on power bills in the long run, not to mention appealing more to buyers when looking through the property at an open home. In Australia, efficiency is ranked on a system of Energy Stars. These will be clearly displayed, and the more stars an appliance has, the more power you’ll save, so when buying, be sure to keep an eye out for these ratings.

By following some basic guidelines, you should be able to construct a kitchen that will stand the test of time and appeal to potential buyers. For more information on all things property, contact Laing+Simmons today.

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