THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN GUIDE
Make sure you have all the right ingredients to cook up your dream space, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
An out-of-date or poorly designed kitchen can be the last place you want to spend time.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.”