13 Kitchen Design Planning Tips

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Your home expresses who you are and should always contain the creature comforts you deserve. To make certain you get the perfect kitchen design for your home and lifestyle needs, we recommend putting a checklist together. To help you get started, here are 13 kitchen design planning tips:
  1. If your kitchen cupboards don't reach the ceiling, consider incorporating a bulkhead into your design. It's a great way to avoid having to clean the top of your cupboards from the build-up of dust and adds a clean, streamlined look to your kitchen.
  2. How much room do you have to work with? Measure the walking space and traffic access points into your kitchen area first. This gives you a good starting base to plan your kitchen island, cupboard space, the location of your fridge (single or double fridge) oven size and style, food pantry and where your everyday appliances will be located.
  3. Avoid backbreaking work. Measure the bench-top height which is right for you. If your bench-top is too low, it is likely to strain your back and neck. Given the amount of time we spend in the kitchen, this is a very important consideration.
  4. Remember to add a powerpoint access to your kitchen island.
  5. Depending on the area you have to work with and your lifestyle needs, your Kitchen Island could double as a dining table.
  6. Walk-in pantry is a must for almost every kitchen. If you don’t have spare wall space, you may opt to create a divider wall, which doubles as a pantry.
  7. Consider if your kitchen island is the perfect location for that mini bar fridge.
  8. Do you have a fridge with a built-in water filter and ice maker? If you do, don’t forget to add a water access point when planning your build.
  9. Have you considered where you'll place your message board? This is a great way to communicate with family members, add appointments and your 'to-do's', so nothing is forgotten.
  10. Appliances. Have you considered building cupboard space on your benchtop to store appliances? This makes it easier to keep that "showroom" look.
  11. INSTANT hot and chilled water systems are convenient and great for our environment and save you money on your electricity bills.
  12. Consider convenient recycling options.
  13. Do you have enough natural light coming in? If you're lacking natural light, consider adding a skylight or if you're in the process of building a new home or undertaking a renovation project, evaluate the size of your windows.