Tips for any kitchen ren­o­va­tion

Australian House & Garden - - Ad­vice -

Lay­out “Ren­o­vat­ing is your chance to pro­duce a re­ally good lay­out. Ap­ply the work tri­an­gle, in which the sink, cook­top and fridge are placed at the points of a reg­u­lar tri­an­gle; the more evenly they are placed, the more func­tional the kitchen. Peo­ple some­times mis­tak­enly push the cook­top right up to the fridge cab­i­net or right up to the pantry cup­board, which be­comes re­ally im­prac­ti­cal when you are try­ing to turn pot han­dles. Ideally, the space be­tween the cook­top and an­other item should be at least 60cm.” CB

Cup­boards vs draw­ers “In­clude as many draw­ers as pos­si­ble – they are prac­ti­cal, sim­ple to use, and al­low easy ac­cess to the base of the kitchen with­out hav­ing to get down on your hands and knees to find that miss­ing Tup­per­ware lid. Drawer run­ners should ideally be soft-close; they do cost a bit more, but I be­lieve they are a wise in­vest­ment.” JT

Elec­tri­cals “Eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble out­lets for the mi­crowave and small ap­pli­ances such as the ket­tle and toaster are a must.” Re­becca Mair (aka Bec Sparky), elec­tri­cian, Clip­sal by Sch­nei­der Elec­tric; www.clip­ Bench height/depth “A height of 90-92cm is usu­ally com­fort­able, but a tall fam­ily might go as high as 95cm. I try to in­stall 70cm-deep bench­tops to re­ally max­imise work­ing space, es­pe­cially in spaces where depth is available but length is re­stricted.” SH

Flat-pack cab­i­netry “As­sem­ble flat-pack cab­i­netry your­self, then hire a li­censed carpenter for two days to in­stall it prop­erly. At the same time, they can in­stall all your bench­tops, cup­board han­dles and other fit­tings. Some car­pen­ters can also do the tiling of your splash­back. For two days you’ll be look­ing at about $1000 (in­clud­ing GST).” CB

‘If you live in a colder cli­mate, un­der­floor heat­ing un­der tiles or pol­ished con­crete is a must.’ Derrick Macrae

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