What to consider when Designing a Kitchen in Sydney: (PART A)

For those faced with the task of designing a new kitchen on the Northern Beaches, the prospect can seem daunting and unnerving. There are so many options available and decisions to make; it can be hard to know where to begin. So we have listed three key elements to consider when designing your new kitchen:

Lifestyle – designing your kitchen to suit your needs

The first step is to acknowledge that your kitchen should be unique and customized to suit your lifestyle and needs. It is not simply a matter of flipping through a magazine and applying different ‘looks’ to your kitchen project. Rather, when designing your kitchen you should first decide how you want the room to be used before you decide on how you want the room to look. It is also important to assess what you can afford. Set a clear budget and a list of prioritized elements that your family finds essential in a kitchen. It is a great idea to list the things that you love and hate in your current kitchen, as well as kitchens you have had in the past.

Architecture and Design – matching your kitchen to your house

The next factor to consider is the architecture and design. A kitchen should be sympathetic to its surroundings and never look as though it doesn’t belong to the house it sits within. Some factors to consider are the heritage and style of your house. If your project is a kitchen renovation on the Northern Beaches, you will first need to ascertain if your house is of a provincial or contemporary design. Good indicators of a house’s heritage and style are the cornices, architraves and skirting boards.

Movement and Usability – how does your kitchen flow?

The next factor to consider is movement and usability. The flow of the kitchen should include a clear connection to and from other areas of the house, such as the dining and living rooms. You will thank yourself in the long run if you carefully plan where you will enter the kitchen with heavy bags of groceries and where you will set these down. Another factor to consider is the location of the dishwasher. It is a good idea to locate the dishwasher close to the sink, for ease of use. Alternatively, some like to locate the dishwasher closer to the dining table to encourage guests to clear their own plates.

Either way, enlisting the help of an experienced professional will ensure that your kitchen design fits your lifestyle and home.

For more information or help with kitchen design in Sydney, contact us.

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