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Tips to consider when planning your kitchen.
There is no ideal kitchen shape whether it's a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement.
The biggest mistake people make at the planning stage is not allowing for enough storage. Use every nook and cranny. Put overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling, rather than leaving a gap on top that collects dust. Consider deep drawers for easier access to pots and pans, and include enough storage for appliances that otherwise would clutter up.
Unlike in other rooms of the house, overhead lighting is insufficient in kitchens. In the kitchen, you don't want the light behind you, casting a shadow on the workspace. You need it positioned to fall in front of you. Under-cabinet lights are great because they shine directly on countertops.
Be sure there are appropriate power sources for relocated or new appliances. Many people realise too late that they don't have the right gas or electric lines. Measuring appliances to ensure that they fit comfortably into allocated spaces is worth it. With dishwashers make sure this is not crammed in as it can push up against the hose and won't work.
There's no such thing as too much counter space. Choose a surface that's easy to work on and care for. But keep in mind that grout between tiles is hard to maintain and that stainless steel will scratch very easily.
Don't reuse appliances or items from the old kitchen. It may seem as if you're saving money, but an old appliance will stick out like a sore thumb in a new environment find other ways to cut cost and the same goes for benchtops.
Make your kitchen is safe and family-friendly by planning for good visibility to backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area. If you have small children consider such safety-conscious elements as rounded countertops, slip-resistant flooring and ovens located at adult height.
A range hood helps ventilate cooking odours. Buy one that's efficient, quiet and vented outside,
Don't forget to plan for garbage and recycling bins. Do you want built-in bins cleverly disguised behind a cabinet door, or a sleek, stainless-steel garbage container that's positioned out of the way?