BulleenModern Kitchen, Melbourne
Corian Large Island Bench Top in beautiful home in Bulleen. Custom made and designed to suit existing floor plan.
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11. Concealed kitchensIf you’re looking for more open space in the kitchen, you may wish to consider doing away with expanses of upper cabinets and pushing all that storage onto a single hardworking wall, that can then be tucked away behind doors or kept open. Use this wall to stash the appliances or to double up as a pantry. A one-stop hub such as this frees up the rest of the space to create a breezy look.
3. Be adaptable Good kitchen designers aim for a flexible, adaptable space in which work can be done with minimum wasted motion and maximum efficiency. And this isn’t just for today – think about what your future movement limitations could be. Also consider users with differing needs and capabilities in the space. Mass production of kitchen components may make them cheaper, but they are designed to a hypothetical ‘average’. For example, kitchen benchtops are a standard 900 millimetres from the floor, which is less practical for shorter or taller people. Wall cabinets then tend to be installed at 450 millimetres above the benchtop, which is once again no good for short people. An adaptable kitchen ignores the standards and concentrates on making the kitchen fit its users.
3. Think about appliancesYou don’t have to select particular appliance models at this stage, but it will help the design process if you have an idea of the kind of appliances you want.The most important appliances to consider at this stage are your oven and fridge. Think about whether you would prefer a conventional under-bench oven or an eye-level wall oven – the latter may be especially appealing if you’ve spent years bending down to lift heavy roasting dishes out of your oven. Or maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a 900-millimetre-wide freestanding range. Both scenarios will have an impact on the design and layout of your new kitchen. Also think about the style and size of fridge you would like; maybe you have a small fridge now but want to leave space for a bigger fridge in the future, or you might like to allow space for a tall side-by-side fridge and freezer.Questions to ask before buying a kitchen appliance
If you’ve always had a kitchen with a wall oven, it can be hard to imagine using anything else. Likewise, if you’re used to an under-bench oven, that’s likely to be your go-to choice. But several factors should come into play before you make your final decision:The size and shape of the floor space available.The amount of wall space you have.The amount of bench space you need.The style you want to achieve.The other appliances in the kitchen.