5 Tips for Building The Right Kitchen For YOU
Building a new kitchen or renovating an existing one is an incredibly exciting chapter in anyone’s life. With that being said, it can also be quite overwhelming for the fear of looking back and wishing you had done things differently.
So as you head into the designing stage, it is important to sit down and write out your ideas, inspiration, needs and must-haves to fit you and your family’s needs.
To help, we have come up with 5 tips to help you design and build the right kitchen that will perfectly suit you. We recommend that you write down any ideas that come to you as you read through this and bring them into your building consultation – it will assist our team and make sure we build the right kitchen for YOU!
1. Think Realistically
What do you really need and want in your kitchen? Are there areas you never touch in your current one, or things you find yourself wishing you had day in and day out?
Think realistically about how you and your family operate and what makes sense for your needs. There may be an element that all your friends are encouraging you to put in, but if it really isn’t you then don’t worry about it.
For example, realistically, if you are one to get pretty messy while cooking, but also love entertaining, a butler’s pantry might be for you. This will provide you with a place to prepare meals out of vision while your main benchtop can act as a social spot for your friends.
2. Find a Balance of Functionality and Aesthetics
The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in any home, a place where we spend a great deal of our daily lives. We understand you will want your new kitchen to be built to last, include everything you need, but also be a work of art in itself. Which is why we know how important it is to create a kitchen that is perfectly balanced in aesthetics and functionality.
It is important to consider major factors, such as whether you actually cook regularly or rather if your kitchen’s main purpose is socialising and eating your UberEats; whether or not you have children so you can create a kitchen to also suit their needs; and so on.
To help you with this, we recommend working with a design expert to ensure you get the look and functionality you have always dreamed of.
3. Consider the Value of Each Element, Not Just The Cost
Everyone knows that a budget plays a big part in building a new kitchen. However, rather than simply creating a budget and calling it a day, we recommend taking it one step further.
We suggest considering the value of every single element you put into your design – not simply the cost. Think, “What value will this element bring to me”. If you are on the fence about whether or not to waterfall your benchtop, that could be a place to consider “Do I really want this? Is it going to add value to me and the use of my kitchen in the long run?”
This is also an important time to put emphasis on the value of elements you know you have always wanted and needed. If you know that double ovens are something that you can’t see yourself without and you always wish you had when you have guests over, don’t second guess yourself and get those double ovens!
4. Think About Both the Every Day and Entertaining
As you consider the design of your kitchen, it’s crucial to think about both your everyday life and also how your space will work for entertaining guests. After all, a kitchen is a central space, which means that it is often where the socialising begins when people come over.
Ensure you include elements that will work both for your everyday life as well as things that will be a hit when you are entertaining.
Consider a butler’s pantry that houses your dishwasher to hide away the clutter, double ovens for extra baking and cooking space, ample bench stool seating for the little ones to do homework while you cook (as well as for your guests to enjoy), and a herringbone tile splashback to catch the eye.
5. Have Patience
Above all, having patience throughout the process is one of the most important pieces of advice we can share. Never try to rush through something as special as building yourself a new living space.
Take your time to really ensure all your boxes are ticked and that you have included everything you know you want and need that will make it home to you. Talk to your designers as much as you need to ensure you are on the same page.
And once your build begins, enjoy the process. Depending on whether it’s a big or small space the timeline may vary and sometimes there are bumps in the road- but have patience and trust in your builder that when it is all said and done you will happily be living in your perfect kitchen.
We hope these 5 tips have been both insightful and valuable and will assist you in building the perfect kitchen for your personal needs. Don’t forget to write down any ideas you’ve come up with after reading this and bring it in when you come for your initial consultation.
If you have any questions about the design and build process here at RoomFour, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us here or visit us at your Yarraville showroom at 334 Williamstown Road. We look forward to working with you!