Renovating a kitchen is as overwhelming as it is exciting. It can be tricky to work out both your style and where to spend versus where to save money. To help you on your journey to the ultimate new hub for your home, we have put together a list of the five most essential modern must-haves for any kitchen:
Appliances are generally the second biggest expense in any kitchen renovation, topped only by the kitchen cabinetry. And when you are spending the big bucks, you want to get it right. For most people, the oven and stovetop, fridge, and dishwasher are the big-ticket items. So how do you choose?
For speed, efficiency, and safety, you can’t go past an induction cooktop. They are easier to clean as the food doesn’t get baked on, and it gives you an excuse to browse through the swanky range of induction cookware sets. When choosing a dishwasher, consider the capacity, energy and water efficiency, wash cycle options, and flexibility of baskets and racks. And when it comes to the refrigerator, check out the energy efficiency ratings and warranty. Choosing a cooktop, oven, and dishwasher that are right for your family will ensure you enjoy your time in the kitchen to the fullest.
When choosing a benchtop, you need to think about the look you are going for, your budget, and how easy it will be to clean and maintain. You can choose from an extensive amount of options, like wood, laminate, quartz, marble, granite, stainless steel, and polished concrete, to name a few. With each option, consider how stain-resistant it is, how resilient it is to dropped items or abrasive materials, and how much it shows up fingerprints, marks, or scratches.
The Right Window Coverings
We all lust after a stunning light-filled kitchen, picturing the sunlight spilling across gleaming countertops as we make Sunday morning pancakes. But whether your kitchen is blessed with natural light or not, most people should consider appropriate blinds, curtains, or shutters. Not only do window coverings give you some privacy from the neighbors, but they are also incredibly useful in helping you to maintain a comfortable temperature inside.
Because you can expect some moisture in the air from all the cooking steam and washing up water, you need to choose a suitable material that can withstand this without getting moldy. Your window coverings should also be easy to clean in case of food splatters or lingering cooking smells.
A Good Coffee Machine
Non-coffee drinkers can skip this step, but anyone who enjoys at least one coffee a day should consider investing in a coffee machine. Globally, we use 16 billion disposable coffee cups each year. Not to mention that a daily coffee habit will cost you around $1,500 a year. Do your wallet and the planet a favor and start whipping up your favorite caffeinated beverage in your shiny new kitchen each morning.
Have you ever heard anyone say, “I have too much storage?” A kitchen renovation is the perfect time to add smart storage solutions into your kitchen space. The first step to doing this is to consider your layout. Think about what will be stored where and whether kitchen cupboards or kitchen drawers will be best for each area. You may also be able to utilize overhead space to store infrequently used items.
Renovating your kitchen is an investment, so careful planning will ensure you pick the best options for your family.
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