SPEND ON: Appliances
Good quality appliances are the most important features in your kitchen. It’s important to choose designs that do the hard work for you. For example, consider an oven that has a pyrolytic self-cleaning system. It’s basically a function that you set the oven to in which it cleans itself while you relax with a cup of tea! This pyrolytic function does add a bit to the cost, but the convenience of not having to spend hours scrubbing the oven with smelly cleaners is worth it.
It’s also a good idea to prioritize energy efficiency in appliances that are on all day (fridges, for example) and to invest in slimmer options that save on space.
TIP: When purchasing new appliances, ask the store if they are selling any of their display models for a discount. They will be ‘sold as seen’, which means there may be scratches or other damage on the appliance, but this will be reflected in the price. Also ask about package deals. Often if you purchase an oven and cook-top, you can avail a discounted price on the range-hood, for example.
SAVE ON: Handles
A stylish handle doesn’t have to carry a big price tag. You can pick up some great kitchen cabinet handles on average for as little as $4 each. Check out online wholesalers and speak to other Houzz users who may be able to recommend places where they have found good deals in the past.
Expect to pay a lot more for a handle that is made entirely from stainless steel. Unless you live near the sea where salt water corrosion is an issue, stainless steel is not necessary. Zinc aluminium alloy is used to manufacture the majority of kitchen cabinet handles – it’s a much more cost-effective material and can be finished in many ways.
TIP: If you choose knobs that only require one hole to be drilled in your cabinet doors, they will be easy to replace in a few months/years if you fancy a change. So if you don’t overspend now you will be able to justify a change later!
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1. A breakfast bar overhang
Kitchen islands with bar stools are must-have commodities in modern kitchens. These breakfast bars are the perfect way to separate the living area from the kitchen, while maintaining an open living environment. Parents can cook dinner and keep one eye on their kids as they do homework, and friends can sit and have a glass of wine while their hosts cook. If you are planning to include a breakfast bar in your kitchen, ensure you include an overhang on your island. This will provide legroom for those sitting on the bar stools. Anywhere between 30 – 48 centimeters overhang on the back side of the island will ensure the sitters are comfortable
2. Close dishwasher and sink placement
If you wish to avoid dripping food and grease on the floor, place the dishwasher within arms reach of the sink. That way, when you rinse the excess food off plates, you can place them straight in the dishwasher. Otherwise you will have to travel across the kitchen dripping dirty water as you go, and I am yet to meet anyone who enjoys mopping the kitchen floor! It is also important to place the dishwasher by the sink in order to connect the dishwasher plumbing to the drain and taps.
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Designers report the trend in 2016 is moving away from glass splashbacks, aluminum kicks and island benches with waterfall sides. Stainless steel appliances, sinks, tapware and handles are only going to date your kitchen.
Will an updated kitchen add value to your home? Contact the appraisers at www.scappraisals.com for your value questions.
Dark sinks and tapware are replacing stainless steel says Taylor. Introduce black tapware in a monochrome setting to instantly update your kitchen. Franke does a black sink made out of Tectonite, which can endure high temperatures and repels liquids and dirt from its surface. Black or white ovens are also in.
Porcelain countertops will be popular in 2016 predicts Taylor. Otherwise known as sintered compact surfaces, porcelain countertops are made of a high-density ceramic that is extremely hard and resistant to scratches, stains and high temperatures. Slabs are very thin and can be installed over an existing benchtop. They come in a wide variety of colours too.
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