Cre­ate dream reno

Rouse Hill Times - - HOME - Janita Singh

THERE is not a right or wrong way to un­der­take a kitchen ren­o­va­tion, ac­cord­ing to in­te­rior de­signer and The Block judge Dar­ren Palmer.

“The most im­por­tant thing is to un­der­stand what your home and fam­ily need from your kitchen, and then cre­ate some­thing that looks like it has al­ways be­longed,’’ Palmer, who has teamed up with Free­dom Kitchens to help home­own­ers sort out their kitchen needs, says.

Palmer says peo­ple of­ten feel con­fused about where to start when it comes to ren­o­va­tions.

“When work­ing out what you want out of your kitchen, the best thing to do is look through as many dif­fer­ent styles, types and de­tails as you can,’’ he says.

Palmer’s sug­ges­tions in­clude:

■ If you’re look­ing at a su­per­crisp, con­tem­po­rary style, things to con­sider are nice, stream­lined doors with in­te­grated han­dles. A big is­land bench is a win­ner, but whether the kitchen is Ushaped or gal­ley, make sure it has plenty of bench space; ■ Per­haps your heart yearns for a more clas­sic style. The devil is in the de­tail with or­nate styles like the Hamp­tons/coun­try look, so pay at­ten­tion to small things like door han­dles; ■ What about a true chef’s kitchen? One that’s not only eye-catch­ing but re­ally func­tional with every­thing you’d need to pre­pare meals for a big crowd. That means a hard­work­ing cooker and ex­trac­tion sys­tem so that you can keep your kitchen free of smoke and steam. You’ll need great prep space and a big­ger fridge with more pantry space;

■ Some­thing a lit­tle rus­tic? An in­dus­trial-edged kitchen may be the style for you. Hard­work­ing sur­faces, like Cae­sar­stone’s new range of con­crete-look bench­tops, are right at home in this no-fuss de­sign.

For more de­tails, visit:

free­domk­itchens.com.au

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