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Five things to consider before Remodelling your kitchen

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Alex, Staff Writer

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Redesigning your kitchen can feel like a huge undertaking and everyone seems to have an opinion. It can be difficult to separate the useful advice from the noise and to concentrate on what is really important in your kitchen remodelling.

We’ve put together the five most important things to consider when you’re remodelling your kitchen.

The legendary kitchen triangle

Everyone seems to talk about the kitchen triangle, but what exactly is it and is it really important?

The kitchen work triangle is a theory that states that the three main work areas of your kitchen should form a triangle. This includes your oven, sink and refrigerator. Each side of the triangle should be between four and nine feet, with the entire perimeter between 13 and 26 feet in total. None of the sides of the triangle should be blocked by islands or other objects.  

Sticking to the kitchen triangle theory will help to ensure that your kitchen layout isn’t too compact or too spaced out whilst improving the flow of your kitchen.

Who is your kitchen for?

Think about what you use your kitchen for. Do you regularly host big dinner parties or is your kitchen mainly used for feeding small children every evening?

Understanding how you most often use your kitchen will help you to design the best possible kitchen for your needs. For example, if you regularly need to bake and cook at the same time, you might consider a double oven. If you have a large family, you may choose a large countertop for laying out plates.

Consider your countertops

Countertops are critical when it comes to designing your kitchen. Materials such as marble and wood may look amazing but think about the maintenance and cleaning that they require. If you’re ok with putting a bit of work into maintaining your countertops, marble or wood are a great choice.

However, if you need something a bit lower-maintenance, you might decide to opt for a solid surface countertop that is easy to keep clean and extremely durable.

Remember the landing space

Landing space is vital in a busy kitchen. You’ll need a place to prepare ingredients while you’re cooking and somewhere to put down your trays and pans whilst you’re serving food.

It’s best to allow around 15 inches of countertop space on each side of your stove and refrigerator, as well as a bit of space around your microwave, toaster and coffee machine. This will allow you the space that you need to work efficiently in your kitchen.  

Don’t forget the practicalities

It’s easy to get carried away choosing your perfect countertops and picking out a wine cooler. However, it’s important not to forget the practicalities. One thing that is often overlooked is ventilation. You don’t want to end up having to open windows every time you cook, so it’s important to properly plan ventilation into your kitchen.

Hiring an expert could save you money

Budget is often critical when you’re planning a kitchen renovation. However, most people don’t know that hiring a professional kitchen fitter could save them money. They understand the importance of proper kitchen fitting, so they can advise you to ensure you’re left with the perfect kitchen for your needs. 

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