Is your current kitchen fit for entertaining?

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Do you shy away from entertaining guest at your home, often opting for take out?

Do you love to create in the kitchen but frustrated by the design and flow of your current kitchen?

Don’t despair you are not alone.

If you are thinking of renovating your existing kitchen or planning a new kitchen, here are some key things you need to consider to ensure the space is suitable for everyday tasks as well as entertaining with friends and family.

Kitchen Triangle

The triangle refers to the working area within the kitchen and the space between three critical kitchen design elements – the fridge, the sink and the oven.

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The kitchen triangle related to any combination of layout.

The idea is to position one element at each of the three points of a triangle, and within 3 metres of each other.

This is done with the purpose of creating a more ergonomic work area, making you kitchen a practical space to move about in especially when you are carrying hot food, pots and pans or frozen items which could inflict injury.

Form and Function

Work surfaces: Every one love bench space and the more the merrier. Large bench spaces give you room to be your creative best for preparing food, serving and dining.

Maximising bench space means you need ample storage for utensils, crockery, and pots & pans to keep them off the bench and minimise clutter.

Bonus is that a well designed kitchen with easy to clean surfaces make cleaning up a breeze.

Butler’s pantry: If you’re lucky enough to have a large kitchen space, consider incorporating a Butler’s walk-in pantry into your design you will just love the benefits.

The increasingly popular butler’s pantry located next to the kitchen is a great space for keeping food prep, dirty dishes and clutter out of the main kitchen area. They are also ideal for housing bulky kitchen appliances such as the dishwasher, microwave or even an extra sink.

Sinks and taps: Sinks come in many shapes and sizes now from ceramic to stainless steel sinks to choose from and they also come with plenty of practical accessory options – such as colanders, chopping boards and basket wastes – that can make entertaining easier.

When you add a non standard tap such as a retractable sink mixer tap, washing large platters, rinsing vegetables or filling large pots becomes a breeze.

Island benches: Are fantastic for adding extra room preparing food and serving, but also help create a free flowing kitchen, add extra space for dining and most importantly socialising and provide extra under-bench storage and open shelving.

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The right appliances: If you do a lot of entertaining, ensure your appliances are large enough to cook for a crowd but are also attractive and not too imposing in your kitchen space.

Design Matters

A well designed kitchen come resale time allows potential buyers to visualise themselves entertaining in it and creates an immediate personal connection that can lead to a faster sale.

Are you thinking about having a new kitchen or bathroom for your home?

Then give the experts at Kitchen and Bathroom renovations a call to arrange a free design consultation.

We work with you to create your dream kitchen that will also add resale value to your home when the time comes to sell.