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How to plan for a one-of-a-kind kitchen

by LaurettaCWright
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The problem with one-of-a-kind kitchen remodels is that people often forget to ask themselves: who is the ‘one'? And while the obvious answer is yourself, you'd do yourself a huge favour by peering into an imaginary crystal ball and thinking further down the line…

So the whole purpose of a kitchen remodel is to fulfil your dreams and get the equipment, appliances and overall look that you're going for, right? But when you're spending large amounts of your income (or eating into your credit card allowances!), wise investments need to be made to ensure your dream kitchen will still be your dream kitchen ten years from now.

There are other considerations too of course – ask yourself if this is your forever home – and if it's not then at some point down the line you'll be selling it and moving somewhere else.

Reasons might include a job relocation, an expanding family, a shrinking family – or any number of other real life events. So bear this in mind as you'll want to recoup as much of your investment as possible. According to national data, you can recoup between 68-75% of what you spend on a wisely designed kitchen remodel.

The flip side of that coin is what you’ll get when it comes time to sell. Real estate professionals all agree that the kitchen can be the deal maker or deal breaker for any potential buyer.

The last thing you want is a dated kitchen that screams its age. Remember, there’s a big difference between a trend and a fad. A trend can have staying power; a fad never does.

Cabinets, Drawers and Counter Tops

No matter how beautiful a cabinet looks, it’s worthless if it doesn’t adhere to the classic rule of form following function. What does that even mean? Well, the function of cabinets is to store things as diverse as nonperishable food, china, glassware, pots and pans, small appliances, linens, cleaning products, and everything else that needs to be stored so as not to clutter up your kitchen surfaces.

Since function is all important, the forms your cabinets take to perform their functions must be accessible, convenient and of course, aesthetically pleasing.

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Things like plain handleless doors give your kitchen a sleek, modern look while also providing easier cleaning. Most doors and drawers also have self-closing features that give you the convenience of securely shutting them with a touch of your elbow or knee when your hands are full. And of course the soft-close feature is a popular choice too!

I'm pleased to say that granite is out and quartz is in for counter tops. Why? Because I chose quartz for my own work surfaces when designing my kitchen; being doing so, I did some thorough research online and discovered a few things…

Firstly, with the advent of composite surfaces, quartz is no longer a luxury stone. Crushed quartz mixed with resin produces tough counter tops – and that basically means that it's resistant to scratches, chips and burns and doesn't require the annual sealing granite does to prevent staining.

Quartz counter tops can be a solid colour or look like real granite. I chose black for mine with speckled glass pieces in it. When they catch the sun's rays they sparkle and bounce unique shapes around the kitchen – it's lovely to see.

So when you build a kitchen or bathroom that’s truly one-of-a-kind, remember that you have over 50 colours to choose from – the hardest part of course is choosing which you'd like!

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My kitchen!

Major Appliances

The good news about appliances is that they've come on in leaps and bounds over the last ten or so years, meaning that you can expect to buy the exact appliance to meet all your needs; whether that's a washing machine with a 10kg load, so you need to put on fewer washes, or a oven that turns itself off after a set time – there literally is something out there for everyone.

Refrigerators have seen huge changes, with ice machines and distilled water dispensers becoming a popular choice. They no longer need to be single units either; smaller point of use refrigerators bring the cooling right where you need it.

A counter-height produce fridge can be next to or under your food prep area. Low profile wine coolers and kid-friendly juice, milk, and soda fridges can be positioned virtually wherever you want and need them. There's no doubt about it; modern-day appliances are jumping on the bandwagon and catering to every whim.

Interestingly, one of the most important features of any range or cook top is its venting system, and most city codes require that the hood be vented to the outdoors. This means you need a ducted model hood that’s vented through a wall or through your roof. It's never a good idea to end the duct in your attic or some other enclosed space for example!

By building your one-of-a-kind dream kitchen so that it serves not only you, the ‘one' of the present, but also the future ‘one' who buys your house, you will fulfil the dreams of both. Neither of you need be sacrificed – and everyone wins!

Looking to create a luxury kitchen on a budget? Here's how!

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Happy Hiller 5th January 2020 - 4:35 pm

Thanks for your tips! Great blog 🙂

Yoshiko Flora 6th April 2019 - 7:24 am

I find it cool when you suggested adding a ducted model hood since you said that most city codes require it to vent to the outdoors. Learning about this convinced me to ask a contractor if I can have this installed in my home this month. Doing this will help me keep the air inside my home clean even if I cook stir-fry or BBQ inside.

Danielle Bentley 29th November 2017 - 6:42 pm

Love the idea of quartz counter top 😍

LaurettaCWright 29th November 2017 - 10:48 pm

Thanks Danielle – mine is still going strong & highly recommend!

DJT @ Thinking Thrifty 19th September 2017 - 8:50 am

This is cool as. For me the kitchen is the most important place to look good as it’s where I spend most of my time!
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LaurettaCWright 19th September 2017 - 9:08 am

And is apparently the most important room people consider when deciding whether or not to buy a place

Stephanie 18th September 2017 - 8:17 pm

I found my kitchen the most stressful room to plan!! I love the look of the handleless kitchens, so sleek

LaurettaCWright 18th September 2017 - 8:47 pm

I’m quite partial to shiny cabinets that bounce the light around 🙂

steph 17th September 2017 - 8:55 pm

great tips, there is nothing better than planning out your dream kitchen is there. x

LaurettaCWright 17th September 2017 - 9:38 pm

Thanks Steph – you’re right… it’s high up there on exciting things to do!!

Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... 16th September 2017 - 9:18 pm

We haven’t done any decorating since we moved in to our home 2 years ago. I wouldn’t know where to start!

LaurettaCWright 17th September 2017 - 7:15 am

Well, if you need any help/unbiased advice I’m here to help! X

fashionandstylepolice 16th September 2017 - 8:59 pm

Love the tips here. I would love a bigger kitchen some day. Mine is quite small but works for now.

LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 - 1:14 pm

I think even if I had a bigger kitchen I’d still need extra space to put all my bits and bobs!

Newcastle Family Life 16th September 2017 - 11:40 am

We really need a new kitchen, our is tiny and very dated. I am planning on knocking my kitchen and utility room into a big space and getting everything replaced. These are great tips x

LaurettaCWright 16th September 2017 - 12:35 pm

Best of luck with the kitchen revamp – sounds like it will be lovely!

Cal at Family Makes 16th September 2017 - 11:39 am

I love the first picture – that would be my dream kitchen! The kitchen in our new place is enormous. You could get tired walking up and down it! I really miss wall units though, I feel low on storage. I also miss my granite worktops (sorry, I was obviously out of style but I loved them!). Returning to laminate worktops has been hard haha! But our house is rented so we get what we’re given! At least we have space, and an Aga type cooker!

LaurettaCWright 16th September 2017 - 12:35 pm

I love Agas – so countryside! and who doesn’t love the countryside?!

Kara 15th September 2017 - 9:03 am

I love your kitchen. We did ours 5 years ago but I want to change it already

LaurettaCWright 15th September 2017 - 12:11 pm

Ah Thanks Kara – ours is 8 years old now and it’s still holding up in the style stakes fortunately!

Hannah 15th September 2017 - 8:41 am

Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous! Love your attention to detail x

LaurettaCWright 15th September 2017 - 8:58 am

Thanks very much Hannah! 🙂

Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 14th September 2017 - 8:53 pm

I would love to design my own kitchen, its a dream of mine! I hope that day will come and this is a great help.

LaurettaCWright 15th September 2017 - 8:57 am

Thanks Laura – glad you liked it!

pinkoddy 14th September 2017 - 6:58 pm

Wish I had read this sooner. But our half done kitchen redesign does have a lot of the things mentioned – and the storage was definitely at the front of our minds when designing
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LaurettaCWright 14th September 2017 - 8:39 pm

Sounds like you’ve got it sussed!

Sophie's Nursery 14th September 2017 - 4:43 pm

Great tips – we did ours a few years ago so don’t need a completely new one but I wish we had done a bit more research before doing it – it was all a bit of a rush! x

LaurettaCWright 14th September 2017 - 8:39 pm

It’s the worst thing when you feel rushed isn’t it – especially as it’s such a big investment!

Helen Wills 14th September 2017 - 3:13 pm

This is so timely for me! We’re badly in need of a new kitchen, and I’ve no idea where to begin. Thank you!

LaurettaCWright 14th September 2017 - 8:40 pm

You’re very welcome Helen – glad it helped!

Dean of Little Steps 14th September 2017 - 11:29 am

We definitely need a new kitchen, but sadly, we don’t have the budget for a new one since moving into our new home last year. Hopefully we’ll have the budget soon 🙂

LaurettaCWright 11th November 2017 - 1:16 pm

It’s tough isn’t it? I think kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive to do up – but also the most in need of being done first.


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