10 THINGS TO MIND WHEN BUILDING YOUR DREAM KITCHEN
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.