New kitchen should make cooking a breeze

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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.

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