• Antoinette Prinsloo

Things to Keep In Mind when Planning Your New Kitchen

It's easy to focus on the style and aesthetics of your new kitchen design project, but it's important not to overlook some of the basics. Here’s our top 5 functional points to keep in mind, we are all about where form and function meet after all.


Underestimating how much storage you need

Plan accordingly and allocate a space for every single thing, from spice jars to cutlery-separating drawers. Although the temptation to keep adding to the list can be great, a clear initial index will keep you on track. By sticking to a clear plan, you also avoid the temptation to overcrowd your new kitchen. The key to getting the most storage out of your space is thinking of clever ways to integrate kitchen storage ideas and solutions into existing kitchen essentials.

Choose your appliances early

It is essential to choose your appliances early in the process, so the designers can help you plan your new kitchen around these. Placement of your appliances such as the fridge and oven or hob needs to be designed for easy access. And chancing your eye-level oven to a freestanding stove half way through the process, will have major implications such as redesigning your electrical floorplan.


Position of the power points

Think about how you will use your kitchen with regards to getting the power supply in the right place. Think about your workflow within the space. Where do you would want to position your kettle, toaster, air-fryer, etc? In today’s tech-driven world, a designated place to charge electronic devices is a given. Charger stations and power point can be hidden with a pop-up unit on the island also.

The tap

Tapware is one of the most overlooked items of new kitchen designs. With all of the focus on larger aspects of your new kitchen quite often people then go and buy a cheap tap that doesn’t suit the style of the kitchen. Your tap will end up being one of the most used items in your kitchen.


Lighting

Like most rooms, it’s important to get the lighting right for the functional use as well as the aesthetic look. Lighting above the island can enhance the look hugely, while lighting above workspaces are important practical considerations.


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