TAPS UNDER PRESSURE
The kitchen reveals are always a highlight of The Block series on Channel 9.
The combination of fashion-forward materials used and the state-of-the-art appliances go a long way towards creating standout kitchens that wow both the judges and audiences.
But a vibrant colour on the cabinetry or splashback isn’t for everyone.
Elderton Homes design manager Greg Hendy says selecting a neutral palette for a kitchen is a much safsafer bet.
“Don’t select the bright patterned splashback tiles that you love right now because in five years’ time you will be sick of them,” he says.
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“People love taps with extra Taps with pull-out functionality are also comfortably under the spout. and fingefinger-pull drawers and cupboards, rather than functionality, such as pull out taps and taps proving popular. handles,” Greg says.
TLiam says whether or not to have the sink on an island bench is often an issue.
“I do a lot of kitchens where I have the cooktop and sink on the back wall so you can have a clean island,” he says. “But others prefer the sink on the island, especially if they want to be able to look across the living space out into the backyard or the pool, just from the point of view of supervising children.
“If they’re not worried about that, it’s better to have the sink on the back wall because sink areas tend to collect dirty dishes.” Liam says if he designs a sink area, he puts double bin drawers on one side and a dishwasher on the other side, so there’s a proper area to clean up in.
“With cooking areas I like to have a mini pantry nearby which is somewhere that you put day-to-day items like olive oils, herbs and spices, chopping boards.”
Further thought is given to where utensil drawers and cutlery drawers go, along with tea towels, vertical storage, the dishwasher and lighting, including task lighting.
And then, Liam says, he considers what’s going to have a big impact, or wow factor.
“I like making the island the centrepiece of the room,” he says. “The islands should always be slightly different to what’s happening behind them.
“I’ll make them either sculptural or contrasting, or make them look like furniture.”
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