In any modern kitchen design it is important that you choose your appliances early in your kitchen renovation planning. Why? Because appliances today are more then appliances they actually are stylish design pieces. Gone are the days when all you had to choose from are stainless steel and white (as in enamelled white). Today your choice is with black, white, grey. The material used now include glass or brushed aluminium or other materials.
You now have the ability to have integrated appliances that effectively blend in with your kitchen. Why would you chose a fridge that is all stainless steel and stands out like everything. Why not consider an integrated fridge or a fridge that is black or white that has a glass panel on the front? This will add a touch of style and sophitication to your kitchen.
We recommend that you choose your appliances during the preliminary design phase. This is because it will allow your plans to reflect the proper sizes of your appliances and in turn confirm your cabinetry layout.
At this point you can consider the variety of alternatives that are open to you:
- Integrated Fridge or stand alone
- 60cm or 90cm oven
- Style and size of cooktop; induction, gas or standard electric
- Will you have a slideout or canopy. Will it duct out or recirculate?
- Where will your sink be located? Will you have a dishwasher?
As the kitchen combines water, electricity, plumbing confirming your appliances early in the process will allow you to have your plans reflect wiring, drainage and water supply.
Here you will select the appliances you desire and that reflect the living requirements of you and your family and not dictated by set plans.
One of the most important areas of the house is the kitchen. You must plan the prearrangement of the kitchen appliances well in advance while designing the kitchen. This would enable you to save a lot of space and avoid unwanted clutter in the cooking area. Every kitchen is unique and distinct on its own accord and each kitchen requirement is different.
Therefore, it is primarily essential for you to analyze your priorities in the kitchen before creating a separate place for the appliances. The kitchen should be designed in such a way so that there is an easy accessibility to the sink, stove and refrigerator. A triangular arrangement of these appliances would help you work in the kitchen with ease.
You could place the dishwasher next to the sink, as it would help you load the dishes and rinse them with ease. The counter under the sink can hold the trash bins. This would not only save space but also keep the area covered and allow easy cleaning of the dishes after meals. The wine coolers should be placed in the corner of the counters so that they can be picked up easily.
The wall mounted ovens should be placed in such a strategic place where there are no hindrances to open or close the oven doors. There should also be sufficient space below the oven to place the hot dishes immediately after drawing them out.
Other smaller appliances, which you would use only occasionally, can be placed in the cupboards and can be retrieved when easily. This way the counter would be clutter free and spacious, which would enable you to work with ease.
The kitchen should be designed strategically so that the appliances are tucked away in easily accessible areas. The appliances when arranged in an equidistant manner would help you use the appliances and still leave the kitchen neat and clean.
Appliances should not be the last thing you do as they are an important part of your kitchen and you will prepare many an important meal for you family and friends with your appliances.
Have a good week.