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The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s likely the most used room in our homes. It’s where we enjoy meal time with our family, host and entertain friends or have a little me-time over a cup of coffee or tea.
Hence, having a well-planned kitchen is certainly important for the home. This kitchen should not only fully utilise your space, but it also needs to suit your lifestyle and needs. If you’re thinking about building or renovating your kitchen, check out this simple step-by-step guide to basic kitchen planning!
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1. Assess Your Needs
Everyone is unique! Because of our unique lifestyles, we have our very own cooking habits, storage and organisation preferences, mealtimes and so on. Ultimately, all these factors make each kitchen unique to its user. Hence, assessing your need is the first step to planning your kitchen.
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2. Define Your Space
Moving forward, a site visit must be arranged for professionals to take measurements and map out the shape of the kitchen, whether it’s I-shaped, L-shaped, U-shaped, Galley style or others. At the same time, the site visit is also important for identifying and planning mechanical and electrical facilities such as gas, plumbing and electrical position for sockets, switches, water connections and more.
3. Create an Ideal Workflow
Next, you should take your everyday kitchen activities into consideration. How efficient are you when it comes to your kitchen workflow? Are you able to smoothly move from the storage area to the food preparation area, then to the cooking area, eating area and washing area?
Professionals suggest positioning an imaginary work triangle when planning for a kitchen with maximum functionality. A kitchen work triangle is a concept used to divide your kitchen into 3 zones: Cooking, Storage and Washing. The idea behind it is that these 3 zones should make up a work triangle so that the primary tasks in the kitchen can be carried out efficiently.
4. Style It Your Way
Finally, don’t forget to let your style reflect through your kitchen. Select your preferred choice of design, colour and material for your cabinetry and countertop, be it MFC, MDF, quartz, solid surface or others.
Then, choose suitable appliances and fittings such as sinks, taps, hobs, hoods, refrigerators, ovens, lightings, handles and knobs according to your needs. Last but not least, fit baskets, trays, racks and drawers into your cabinets to satisfy all your storage needs.
Are you planning to renovate your kitchen? We hope these tips for basic kitchen planning helped you out!
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