10 THINGS TO MIND WHEN BUILD­ING YOUR DREAM KITCHEN

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The lit­tle de­tails mat­ter, so make sure you’re aware of them!

If it’s your style to en­ter­tain guests in the kitchen as you cook up a storm, you’ll want to al­le­vi­ate the worry about toxic fumes per­me­at­ing the air! Luck­ily enough, there are ways to negate this. Here are a few things to con­sider when build­ing the kitchen of your dreams. 1 WIN­DOW WON­DERS

Kitchens with­out proper air ven­ti­la­tion ap­pli­ances could be detri­men­tal to your fam­ily’s health. Hoods, ven­ti­la­tion fans, and air pu­ri­fiers can quickly dis­pel fumes, grease, and odours. Keep mould and mildew away by let­ting fresh air and sun­light in through the win­dows.

2 GREEN WITH ENVY

Sport­ing a ca­sual chic, green, and homey life­style, a kitchen in­cor­po­rat­ing house plants such as English Ivy and Spi­der plants are found to have less toxic pol­lu­tants like ni­tro­gen ox­ide. Be­ware, though, as some plants like English Ivy are toxic to pets.

3 STRAIGHT FROM THE TAP!

You don’t need to throw an ac­ti­vated char­coal stick into your wa­ter tum­bler to pu­rify your drink­ing wa­ter. With house­holds now look­ing to prac­tice health­ier life­styles, modern wa­ter dis­pensers with pu­ri­fy­ing fea­tures and wa­ter fil­ters are now widely avail­able.

4 ONE FOR ALL

Pana­sonic’s Ul­tra Fil­tra­tion Al­ka­line Ionizer TK-AS65-ZMA pro­vides house­holds with wa­ter of vary­ing acid­ity and al­ka­line lev­els that span any num­ber of uses from drink­ing, to wash­ing cut­lery, and even for wash­ing your face! You’ll also get pu­ri­fied wa­ter for baby for­mula and med­i­ca­tion.

5 LAY­ING OUT THE WORK

L-shaped lay­outs work great in smaller homes, but if you have ex­tra room to spare, why not go with a kitchen that cen­tres around a work­top-cum-kitchen is­land? This gives you am­ple space to work with. Don’t for­get to estab­lish a ‘work­ing tri­an­gle’ into the lay­out of your kitchen. This helps to keep your stove, sink, and fridge within reach.

6 ACCESSORIN­G YOUR KITCHEN

If you’re look­ing into child­proof­ing your kitchen, you may want to in­vest in anti-tip oven brack­ets and cor­ner guards.

7 WORK OUT A PLAN

The place­ment of elec­tri­cal out­lets could im­pact the lay­out of your kitchen. Light­ing fix­tures and ap­pli­ances such as ovens, fridges, and coffee mak­ers have their own volt­age re­quire­ments. As no two kitchens are the same, it’s im­por­tant to de­ter­mine the kitchen ap­pli­ances you’ll need first.

8 VIS­UAL WEIGHT

The height of up­per cab­i­nets shouldn’t de­ter you from prep­ping food. Go with ‘heav­ier’ closed cab­i­nets on the bot­tom and ‘lighter’ open, hang­ing racks at the top.

Re­mem­ber to con­sider door clear­ance when in­stalling kitchen cab­i­nets. 9 A PLAY OF LIGHTS

Tinted lights are great for cre­at­ing a snug and cosy en­vi­ron­ment in the kitchen, but they shouldn’t be the only lights you should con­sider. Light up dim ar­eas and cre­ate fo­cal points on task-cen­tric ar­eas of the kitchen with up­lighters, cab­i­net light­ing, and LED strips for draw­ers. 10 MA­TE­RIAL WORLD

Choose easy-to-main­tain ma­te­ri­als for your back­splash, floor­ing, and the sur­face of your work­top.

Com­mon types of wa­ter fil­ters in­clude ce­ramic, re­verse os­mo­sis, faucet wa­ter, and counter-top. LEFTThe Nu Skin EcoSphere Wa­ter Pu­ri­fier re­moves tox­ins, con­tam­i­nants, and pathogens, from your tap wa­ter through a 4-stage ul­tra pu­rifi­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Sile­stone’s Char­coal Soap­stone from the Eter­nal se­ries

BE­LOWTrail kitchen sys­tem by Carlo Colombo and R&D Po­liform.

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