Avoid having to re-do the kitchen reno with this foolproof list of what not to do. With thanks to our friends at Handyman Magazine for letting us reproduce this article in part.
No matter how much you have to spend on the kitchen reno, get the planning and design wrong and you’ll be unhappy with the end result and out of pocket.
The most frustrating mistakes or miscalculations may not even be apparent at first. But over time the colliding doors, lack of bench space or uncomfortable stretch from the sink to the cooktop will have you wishing you could rip it all out and start again.
It can be hard to visualise an end result but good planning and avoiding these key mistakes will keep you on track when upgrading your kitchen.
1. Jeopardise the triangle
The sink, the fridge and the cooktop constitute the core area, called the working triangle. Design the space so traffic doesn’t flow through this area and be sure to consider the ergonomics.
Movement between the three elements should be comfortable and smooth, so keep it unobstructed.
2. Skimping on storage
The kitchen has to house a lot of items, from food to dining ware and all manner of often oddly shaped, space-hogging gadgets and gear. While it’s tempting to trade your dollar for biggest visual impact, such as flooring or tiles, the best bang for your buck is to spend on storage.
Take an inventory of all your kitchen items and organise according to need and the best access points.
3. Going cheap on ventilation
With most modern kitchens being open plan, the need to vent out smells and food particles is greater than ever. A cheap rangehood or ventilation system simply recirculates odours and dirty air, trapping only the largest food particles in basic carbon filters.
Improve air quality, eliminate lingering food smells and extend the life of your appliances with a good quality unit that vents to outside.
4. Using fashion colours
Every element of the kitchen is subject to trends so you could in theory have the most up-to-date space on the block. But those colours that look so good right now are almost guaranteed to appear dated very quickly.
If you have a passion for a certain shade, keep it minimal to avoid regrets down the line. And when it comes to resale, remember that neutral rules.
5. Designing as you go
Unless you recently won the lottery, you probably can’t have it all. Make a detailed plan before the first tool is lifted, work it and rework it, then stick to it to avoid a meltdown when the bills arrive.
The full article appears in the June Issue of Handyman Magazine. To subscribe to Handyman, call 1300 138 900 or go to handyman.net.au.