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How to Design your Dream Kitchen

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, July 17, 2017

The kitchen and living spaces are typically the hub of your house; and whether the others in the 'hub' are helping or just watching, it’s often where you'll connect and bond after a day at the office or school. Most people prefer an open plan layout for this reason; simply to fit all the people who want to congregate there. Since it's such a draw card; it needs to not only function well, but all look great too.

No matter whether you’re planning a new build or a renovation, layout is the very first step to designing your kitchen. Ensure the layout is practical, makes the best use of the space you have and, if possible, has a view to the outdoors. If renovating, consider altering the layout to better suit your needs.
You can design the layout using the traditional 'kitchen triangle' of sink, oven and fridge, or you could do the more modern ‘zoning’ system. This usually consists of a prep zone (benches, etc.), a cooking zone (oven, microwave, thermomix, etc.), a storage zone (cupboards, fridge and pantry) and a cleaning zone (sink and dishwasher). You could incorporate both schools of thought if that works in your space.

Are you going for an ultra-modern look or a clinical white? Perhaps Hampton beach is more your thing. Whichever way you go, you need to take into account the architectural style of the house. For example, putting a sleek, modern kitchen in a colonial house or a Queenslander would really look out of place. However, you can find a middle ground where you create a modern-ish kitchen with a 'nod' to the style of the home (Queenslander, Federation, 70's etc) to make it visually work better and more cohesive.

Cabinetry – If your kitchen is going to get a bit of wear and tear from kids or tenants, vinyl wrap or laminate is probably your best option. They come in a range of styles and profiles and are of much better quality than in days gone by.
Other cabinetry choices include 2 Pac or timber; these are fine if they’re not likely to get too much rough treatment. 

Handles – There is a vast range of handles to choose from, and they come in an assortment of colours, shapes, finishes and styles. Handles are an excellent way to give a bit of a nod to the architectural style of the house, so make sure you choose something that suits. 

Splashback – My choice here is usually tiles. With an array of sizes, colours and styles; you can always find something that complements your kitchen design. A large plain tile can be used to balance out a busy looking kitchen while a smaller tile can be used to add texture to a stream-lined kitchen.

Glass splashbacks have been popular in recent years but if you’re leaning towards using them, bear in mind that glass is painted on the back face, so any splashes of oil will not only show the splash itself, but also the shadow of the splash.
Mirrored splashbacks also show cooking splashes much more than tiles do. Both glass and mirrored splashbacks usually only suit very modern kitchens.

Benchtops – Your best choice is stone. It’s hard wearing and comes in a broad range of styles from white with chips of stone through it to a marble-like look. Neutral colours can work just as well as whites. Prices range from moderate to expensive. 

If you like the look of wooden benchtops, consider using stone instead but adding some wooden shelving or other accents. Although the warmth of timber benchtops is nice, it’s not always practical in the long run.
If you’re doing a very low-value renovation or new build, you might choose laminate but just bear in mind it generally won’t wear as well as stone.

Lighting – I’m a bit of a fan of pendant lights in the kitchen. Hanging two large ones or three smaller ones above an island bench can really add something special. Lighting is a great way to add some wow factor, so put some real thought into it your lighting plan.

So, that’s most of your kitchen design choices covered! If you would like to talk through kitchen design options or need a bit of a hand planning your dream kitchen, give me a call or send me an email.


Renovating your Home or Investment Property?

Home renovations are on the up and up - thanks to all the TV shows and other media outlets such as magazines and the internet.  But is it all that it's cracked up to be? TV makes it look so easy (renovate a kitchen in 2 days, transform your garden in 24 hours - we wish it was that simple!).

If your home or investment property is on the wrong side of 15-20 (years old) then you have a great opportunity to update and modernise it. But without experience on your side, things can (and often do) go really wrong - going over budget, not ending up with the style or look you'd imagined, problems with trades-people, time-frames blowing out - and the list goes on.

Hotspace can help

Hotspace offers one-on-one Exterior and Interior design advice to home owners and property investors.

Property Investors; Our sole aim when working with property investors is to show you how to add as much value as possible - while spending considerably less than it appears when the renovation is completed (ie: spend $1 to add $3-$4 of perceived value). As Interior Designers, we love colour. But colours are only a tiny portion of the information you need to successfully renovate for profit.

Home owners; If your home is old and tired and in need of some renovation love, then we'll show you how to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. We've worked with over 500 property owners on all sorts of properties, so we've (almost) seen it all! We'll help you re-design your biggest asset - often for less $$ than you might think. And as award winning interior designers, you couldn't be in better hands.

The key to renovating your home or investment property without breaking the bank

Whether a full overhaul or a quick facelift, Hotspace will guide you towards your ideal renovation, including;

A second opinion on your plans and ideas - You'll no doubt have some of your own ideas, so we'll steer you in the right direction; confirming your best ideas, introducing new ideas and eliminating the rest.

New ideas and recommendations - We'll introduce you to new renovation ideas to really maximize the result you're able to achieve - ensuring you tastefully revamp your home in ways far beyond what you would have considered yourself. Exterior and Interior Design is our forte!

Spend less on your renovation - If you're afraid of your renovation spiraling out of control, sticking to a reasonable budget just became a reality (yes it is possible!). We'll give you specific guidance on how much or little of your property to renovate given your budgetary expectations. Some of our packages even include budget breakdowns for your entire reno.

Increase the equity in your home or investment property - You can add value and increase the equity in your home or investment property by spending less on your renovation than the value it adds. We'll show you how.

Money back guarantee - Investors; double your renovation investment or we'll refund our fee in full - No questions asked. Note: Our clients typically triple their renovation 'spend' investment so this guarantee is a no-brainer for us!

One-on-one support - Many of our packages include telephone, sms and email support which can be used any time during your renovation.

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Two-storey home renovations

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, February 05, 2018

Renovating the facade of a two-storey home is entirely different to renovating the facade of a one-storey home. Use these top tips to make sure your two-storey home reno looks the best it possibly can…

Create a visual anchor
If you were to stand on the road and look along the driveway towards your house, you should be able to get an idea of how your property presents, and how much ‘visual anchoring’ it needs. To visually anchor a property is to give it a sense that the house is anchored in place. It is quite a subtle thing but when done well, it makes an enormous difference to the overall aesthetic of the entire property.
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