New kitchen should make cooking a breeze
Installing a new kitchen is a common renovation in New Zealand homes. Whether you are a budding masterchef, or someone who finds cooking a chore, it will be made much more pleasurable if you have a lovely functional kitchen to work in.
A new kitchen will also add value to your home, as it is a reasonably expensive area of the home to change and potential buyers will appreciate the fact a modern, functional kitchen is already installed.
Often referred to as the ‘‘hub of the home’’, a lot of time is spent there and in our busy lives today, a new kitchen should reflect this.
The kitchen should be functional, inviting and have plenty of space. Good storage is a must with all the appliances and other items we seem to have in our kitchens today and ideally the kitchen should also be in close proximity to other living areas of the house, enabling thecook to be able to remain involved in the goings on.
There are so many options available for new kitchens, that deciding on which to choose can be boggling. It is a good idea to sit down and work out exactly what you require from a kitchen, and how you would be expecting it to fit into your lifestyle and home.
It also needs to be remembered that fashion trends come and go and when you consider your kitchen may be with you for many years and that they are expensive to replace, any choices based entirely on the fashion or style of the day, may quickly date and leave you feeling less than satisfied by your spur-ofthe-moment decisions.
With this in mind, it is often a good idea to keep the more expensive and harder to change bulk of the kitchen relatively neutral in design and colour and choose to add some colour or individuality to the areas that are more easily changed or redone, for example, painted walls, accessories, funky appliances or smaller fittings such as handles and tapware.
Whether you choose to design your new kitchen yourself and buy a ready-made flatpack, or get a professionally designed kitchen, fabricated and installed by a specialist joinery company, the choice is yours and there will be options available to suit your tastes and budget.
For those on a budget, set your limit and shop around for options and prices
Some stores and joinery businesses have showrooms that have semi or fully complete kitchens set up for display purposes, and you may be able to take ideas and inspiration from these. You may also be able to look at pictures of previously completed jobs, which can give you a better idea of how features you desire will look when your kitchen is installed.
Whichever type you choose to install, experienced staff should be on hand to offer advice and give tips. They will know of all the latest products, designs and materials available for your kitchen type and be able to help guide you through the process until you have a kitchen that meets your requirements.
BEFORE: A kitchen before renovations.
AFTER: As good as new, but still classic.