The kitchen is the heart and soul of any home, and for those of us who love to cook, it is the greatest importance. Whether you are looking to heighten your cooking experience or create a kitchen best suited for entertaining, the following checklist is a great place to start before meeting with your McPherson Cabinetry Kitchen Designer. Follow these simple steps on how to prepare for your new kitchen, from Pinterest viewing to Installation.
Assess all your needs: First, give your kitchen a thorough audit, why create space for items you haven’t touched in years, maybe they will be happier in a new home. Look around, what are the things you like and dislike about your current kitchen. Is there enough storage, where is this storage, what appliances do you want, what colours make your heart sing? This step should help you focus on what to keep and what to change/improve.
Consider, does the space work or does it need opening up or extending. Often the most common change involves knocking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room, maybe you want to create a more open plan feel if you have the chance.
Ask yourself and family how you want to use the space. Do you simply need a place to prepare meals, or are you dreaming of a multifunctional area where you can also have meals with family and friends? Who are you cooking for, what are you cooking, and how do you cook it?
A perfect kitchen layout allows you easy access to everything you need with the least amount of steps. The kitchen work triangle is a concept used to determine efficient kitchen layouts that are both aesthetic and functional. Consider the primary tasks in a home kitchen are between the stove, sink and the refrigerator; however a good layout depends on the individual. So we suggest you try some kitchens on for size.
2. Plumbing, heating, electricity
Are you using existing plumbing for sinks and appliances or will you need the plumber to come in? If you are planning on a kitchen island with a sink or other appliances in your design, you need to ensure that plumbing and electricity supplies are in place before flooring is laid. Work out where permanent & occasional appliances are going, ensure that you have plug-ins where you need/want them.
There’s nothing more annoying than trying to wash up an enormous roasting pan in a tiny sink or realising that you can’t wash a pan because something else is soaking. Do you need a double sink, or single; do you want it top mount or under mount? Make sure your sink, accommodates your use, preferably with a large waterproof area around it and a substantial splashback behind. Can the tap move out of the way for bigger projects? Maybe having an additional separate sink, perhaps on your kitchen island would be helpful?
The stove, the epicentre of your kitchen, should be the best quality that you can afford. With gas, induction, and electric options make sure you do your homework to get the best option for your use and pick an oven that matches.
The refrigerator should also be the best quality you can afford, as it keeps your food fresh and lasting longer. Consider what you like to store, especially at busy times and ensure there is ample storage for your needs.
Seize this perfect opportunity to scale down on utensils. Think quality over quantity. Three quality knives that keep their edge and sharpen well, are heaps better than a full block of average knives. Consider positioning for both convenience and safety, so you can grab what you need quickly, but without the risk of getting cut.
7. Pots and pans
While hanging overhead or on the wall is convenient and has style, it also creates a landing place for grease and dust. If you like your pots out of sight, yet still handy, consider the convenience of a deep drawer; it is significantly easier than digging into the back of a deep dark cabinet.
Dim lighting can make food prep difficult, not to mention it will be hard to determine when your pastry is done. A combination of light works best; above the stove, under cabinetry to focus on work surfaces and more general light overhead.
8. Be Inspired
Check out our Projects and Idea pages on Houzz
https://www.houzz.com/pro/arlenemcp/mcpherson-cabinetry How you want your kitchen to look is a very personal choice. So it helps to collect images from online or magazines to zone in on your preferred style and look. Also, take note of surfaces, textures, materials and accessories you like combined together. You don’t need to be too concerned with cost just yet, focus on what you love and inspires you. We can pair down as needed.
9. Set your budget
Always be upfront about your budget so your designer can help you decide where to save and where to invest, even if you feel your budget is small. For example, open shelving is less expensive than closed cupboards, while spacious low-level, pull-out storage may mean you need fewer wall units, which saves on cost.
Also, make sure your budget includes a minimum of 10% extra, to cover any unexpected extra costs.
If you are in a quandary about where to spend, here are our top tips on where to spend and where to save:
★ Always go for the best countertops you can afford, as they are one of the most hardworking elements of any kitchen. Quartz and Granite are great investments as they are tough, durable and will give your kitchen a luxurious finish, not to mention great resale value.
★ Think about savings on your choice of doors. We can’t all afford rich wood veneers, so why not create the same look with a laminate or PVC foil finish instead? Even hi-gloss doors come in different price brackets depending on whether they are lacquered or laminated.
★ Spend wisely on appliances, buy the best oven/stove/fridge you can afford, perhaps go without the built-in coffee machine and wine cooler. It’s all about compromise if your budget is under strain, so make sure you spend on the things that matter the most, you can always add luxury small appliances and accessories in years to come.
10. Contact a McPherson Cabinetry Designer – Contact Us
To get the absolute maximum from your space, input from a McPherson Cabinetry Designer will prove invaluable. Our experience and expertise will offer you plenty of simple ideas – as well as innovative ones that you might not have even considered. Ultimately, we will help ensure your new kitchen works as efficiently as possible.
Great kitchens include a well thought out design, thoughtful storage with access to appliances/utensils, and effective lighting. But the piece de resistance is your personality and style, have fun, make your heart sing.
What is your style? Traditional, Craftsman, Contemporary & Farmhouse
● Design ideas – gather together the design styles you like and share them with us. (Houzz Idea book or Pinterest pages)
○ Our Houzz PROJECT page: https://www.houzz.com/projects/users/arlenemcp
○ Our Houzz IDEA page: https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/users/arlenemcp
○ While you are on Houzz, why not create your own idea book to share with our Designers and help them understand your desires.
● Drawers: Good, Better, Best