Make sure you have all the right in­gre­di­ents to cook up your dream space, writes Jennifer Veer­huis

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An out-of-date or poorly de­signed kitchen can be the last place you want to spend time. For the busiest room in the house, you need a func­tional lay­out with lots of work space, ef­fi­cient light­ing, abun­dant stor­age, hard-wear­ing sur­faces and, in to­day’s open-plan homes, fix­tures and fin­ishes that look good from both sides of the kitchen bench.

Kitchen de­signer Liam Mur­phy from Kitchens By De­sign says func­tion­al­ity is of­ten the first pri­or­ity when mak­ing plans for his clients.

“When I’m talk­ing to my clients about what they would like, that’s a big part of it,” he says. “After that, it’s all about how you’d tie it in with the rest of the house.”

That in­cludes how an open-plan kitchen in­ter­acts with all sort­sorts of fea­tures from study ar­eas to aquar­i­ums, along with at­ten­tion to join­ery, in­clud­ing built-in din­ing and even fire­places.

Liam, who worked on the project with Millbrook Homes and Maluna Join­ery that won both the Kitchen of the Year ear award and Kitchen De­sign awardd at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Kitchen and Bath­room Awards (above), says home­own­ers of­ten come to him with ba­sic ar­chi­tect-drawn plans, look­ing for ad­vice.

“I ask lots of ques­tions in re­gards to their re­quire­ments in terms of stor­age so­lu­tions,” he says.

“I de­sign the clean­ing ar­eas, food prep ar­eas, cook­ing ar­eas and I make sure there’s some thought put into work­ing tri­an­gles.”

“Es­sen­tially that’s how your cook­top, your sink and your fridge all re­late to each other.

“It’s mak­ing sure that from a func­tion­al­ity point of view that those ar­eas are within a cou­ple of steps of each other.”

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