Kitchen Renovations Perth, Getting The Details Right
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Kitchen renovations in Perth are on the rise, according to Master Builders Australia economics manager Matthew Pollock;
Home renovations are forecast to increase with total spending tipped to come close to $9 billion this year. Growth is expected to be strongest in WA, South Australia and Queensland.
The clients I’m speaking to usually want to upgrade their existing home, because they love the area they live in and don’t want to move. Plus when you take the average house price in Perth is around $500,000, by staying and improving you’re going to save approx. $20,000 on stamp duty charges, compared if you bought again.
Kitchen renovations perth and working with a designer.
It’s not enough to create just a stunning kitchen. A kitchen has to be practical, considered and a hybrid between cooking, eating and living. Today the modern kitchen has become the informal entertainment area for guests, friends and family.
It takes more than one design appointment to refine all the details such as the layout, functionality and finishes of the kitchen. You’ll usually have an initial meeting with me, where you’ll set out the brief and I’ll take overall dimensions of the space. Then I get to work on creating the concepts. This will be followed by another meeting to discuss and refine the design layout, finishes, fixtures, materials and form a firm budget. Then the final set of documents are issued. You’ll then have a last run-through meeting where any final changes can be made.
So if you’re thinking of Renovating your Kitchen, here are some pointers to think about before you meet with a designer.
Creating a practical layout for your Kitchen.
Everyone has heard of the kitchen triangle the fridge, sink, oven/stove triangle. But I like to think of the zones or areas you will need in your Kitchen? Zone for when you’re cooking, washing up and food prep zones, even morning coffee zone or entertaining with cocktails/wine & cheese nights. Have you got enough bench & storage space for each zone? Can we fit an island bench within the kitchen for quick eating, for conversations and kids doing homework while mum is multitasking with the cooking?
Innovative storage solutions will make or break the perfect kitchen design. Butler storage rooms (middle image) are all on trend now, but if you are limited on space consider a custom pantry that can easily be concealed with doors(Right side image). The issue with butler storage rooms is they can be cumbersome if they are too far away from the food prep and cook zone of the kitchen.
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Quality Kitchen hardware and hinges
Look at good-quality accessories and hardware, such as pull-out corner units, drawer dividers, soft-close runners and door hinges. A kitchen layout set-up that has more drawers than cupboards, works best. If going for a contemporary look, go for handless door fronts, if you want to inject more character choose beautiful handles that enhance the look you’re after.
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Don’t buy the appliances before the layout issue is solved and you have your budget figured out. If we realise that you’re over budget there are ways of cost saving, without losing the aesthetic and practical appeal of the new kitchen. But if the appliances have already been bought, it means these sizes become a constraint to the design outcome and can limit certain layouts.
Another important point people often forget is fridges come in so many different sizes. Are you you’re keeping your existing fridge or upgrading? If upgrading your fridge, make sure you compare energy star ratings, buying a more efficient fridge can save up to 20% on your power bill. If you are planning to create a zero energy home, buying the right fridge is paramount.
A zero energy home is a home well designed to take advantage of solar passive design principles to suit the location, is energy efficient and produces as much renewable energy as it consumes over the course of a year, leaving the occupants with a net zero energy bill, and a carbon-free home.
If keeping your existing fridge, look at an option to build cabinetry (a wine rack/storage) either side, so if you do upgrade there is available space in the future.
Images by: Studio Nine Architects
Can we please consider different lighting other than downlights! I see 2 main issues with downlights in kitchens these days
- That’s the only form of lighting in the kitchen used (make sure they are on a dimmer switch) otherwise it’s quite a harsh lighting in my opinion.
- There are way too many downlights used, I’ve seen as many as 16 downlights in 1 kitchen area before. (a little bit of overkill).
Consider soft mood lighting, like the above hanging pendant, from studio nine architects, the 3 pendant look lighting scheme above the benchtop is also popular. Keep in mind the style of your pendant matches the scheme of your kitchen design. A lot of display homes try and make a ‘feature’ of the pendant lights but in my opinion, it still needs to look like it belongs (as in scale proportion) and needs to tell part of the design story. If you’re asking yourself why those lights? when you walk into a kitchen, my hunch is they are a wrong choice.
There is also under cabinet lighting and LED strip lighting available, which can be used under base cabinets/ upper cabinets. If going open shelves above, consider lighting as a feature.
Consider what materials to love, make a trip out to home base and look at what finishes are available. Take photo’s of all these different finishes that appeal to you. What particular stone’s or timber’s look beautiful? Finishes such as coloured glass or lacquer to designs of door handles? By creating a collection, this will help the designer hone in on the right finishes and tones to suit you.
If you’re renovating, take the flooring into consideration. What is the existing flooring? If you need to replace it, consider replacing the floor right through to the front door, to make it look seamless. This also saves money and time replacing the floor now, instead of later.
Cabinets and benchtops beware of going gloss or black material especially if you have children, as these surfaces will be very hard to keep clean. If budget is constrained, choose neutral plain door fronts/ handles and spend more on the benchtop and splashback or a statement tap as these design elements can really make a difference.
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