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May, 2015

  • Deconstructing Design: Part 1 – Thinking about a Kitchen Renovation

    Renovating a kitchen can be an exciting and nerve-racking time for many. For first-time renovators it may seem like a complicated process full of uncertainty; but when you know what to expect, the reality is far less stressful. This is the first of a four-part blog, stepping you through all the elements of a kitchen renovation, from beginning the design process, to dealing with the installation.

    When considering a kitchen renovation it’s likely you will have many questions about how the process works and how to incorporate all your ideas into your ideal kitchen. Thankfully, it’s not as complicated as it may first seem. We follow Jan and Jim as they renovate their kitchen with the Mint Kitchen Group.

    Jan and Jim contacted the Mint KG designers, wanting to update their kitchen, which adjoins the living and dining spaces in an open plan setting. Their waterfront house has a contemporary beachfront style and they wanted to continue this theme through to their kitchen. The major detractors of the existing kitchen were its lack of style and storage space. In discussing this with their Mint KG designer, they were able to plan a kitchen that suited their needs and included fresh, modern colours and finishes, additional storage and a butler’s pantry with ample space for food preparation.

    When deciding to renovate, consider your personal tastes and lifestyle, the look of your current kitchen, the available floor space, how you would like the kitchen to function and your budget. In the initial stages of a kitchen renovation you will sit down with your designer to discuss the outcomes you desire and throw around some ideas. This discussion will allow both you and the designer to gain a better understanding of what the new kitchen will look like, and this is arguably, the most important stage. It will define whether your kitchen has contemporary or more traditional styling, which will also drive the selection of materials, textures and finishes.

     

  • Great design features striking forms and seamless function. Kitchen hardware has evolved beyond purely functional elements. Hardware now contributes to the ergonomics or flow of your space; adds design elements to your room; creates storage solutions; and improves the organisation of your kitchen. This is the mechanics behind your design.

    Explore the latest hardware trends to create your ultimate kitchen renovation.

    Storage

    If you’re designing in a tight space, consider pull-out pantries as an ergonomic option. They provide easy access to all shelves and offer divided storage systems for greater organization. Corner cupboards become more accessible when including a modern take on the traditional lazy-susan. Cupboards can benefit from side pull-out caddies for greater convenience and partitioned drawer systems will separate kitchen items of different shapes and sizes.

    Storage solutions have also progressed in the once grubby area of waste management. Systems now offer more dividers to separate waste; options of metal cabinet lids to minimize odours; greater frame strength for increased stability; and the convenience of push-to-open doors, for hands-free access.

    Electronics

    Kitchens have evolved beyond the latest appliances, to include electronics within the mechanics of your design. Streamlined systems are now available to create more efficient preparation areas and offer fast access to your storage zones.

    Consider the powered drive of drawers that open automatically to a light touch, giving you ready access when your hands are full. Apply the same principle to your waste cupboard for clean, mess-free kitchen doors and handles. Then take it one step further to integrate an in-cupboard vacuum system! A covered duct sits in your kickboard, simply push with your foot to open and activate, dirt is swept close to the open duct and whoosh, it’s sucked away. Clean, fast, efficient.

    Lighting

    Lighting in all its shapes and forms, continues to be used as a design feature throughout our homes. The kitchen space is no different; whether it is used to create ambience, is purely functional, or acts as a display element; the focus on lighting is everywhere.

    Lighting is used within drawers and cabinets to illuminate dark spaces and create more efficient work zones. Use it to highlight display shelves, to backlight glass splashbacks or frosted glass cabinets. You may choose to be functional or purely decorative; create a silhouette or make a statement with lighting.

    You see, it’s not just what’s on the outside that matters; kitchen hardware has grown up. It’s now practical and innovative, with a flair all its own. Use hardware to your advantage and make the most of your next kitchen renovation.

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