Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Tips for a Versatile Kitchen

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Tips for a Versatile Kitchen

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Byline: Mark Elmore, Fisher and Paykel

THE modern kitchen is an evolving space: It's a place to share meals, entertain guests, and catch up with the family.

Of course, it's also somewherewe cook and eat.

We now need to think about kitchens as more than just meal prep areas, we need to make sure we plan and design a space that allows multi-function living.

Get your design right

Here are six tips to consider when planning your perfect kitchen:

1. Think about how you live

The first thing to do is think about how you use your kitchen. Different sized homes will require differently laid out kitchens.

Those with families may need a breakfast hub, those with pets may require space for pet bowls and beds, single dwellers may choose a slimline dishwasher model, and those with a love of entertaining may want to have dedicated wine storage.

2. Consider the details

Simple things often get overlooked.

Consider where you put your shopping when you get home from the supermarket. Is it easy to unpack them into cupboards and the fridge?

Do you need the sink to be near the oven?

Think about how you like to cook, maybe you need an integrated green-waste bin near your chopping boards.

Do you always steam your food? If so, consider an in-built steam cooker.

Coffee lover? Don't forget a special place for the coffee machine. And make sure there are power points there too.

Thinking about what you do daily and what appliances you use means you can incorporate them into your kitchen for easier everyday living.

3. Drawers -- more than just storage

You may not have a huge kitchen but you can still take advantage of new designs in order to maximise the space you do have.

Have you considered fitting a dishwasher drawer?

If you have, go one step further and think about placing it next to your cutlery drawer and crockery cupboard for simple unloading.

You could also opt for a multi-temperature fridge drawer.

These drawers are fairly new to the kitchen scene and are versatile fridge drawers that can be used for storage or cooling, depending on the temperature mode selected.

They negate the need for a freestanding fridge by allowing you to place fridge drawers exactly where you need them.

You can set one drawer in your entertaining area to wine mode to keep a bottle of your favourite red close by and another to pantry mode for easy access to ingredients near your cooktop.

By keeping up-to-date with new technologies you'll be able to make the most of your new kitchen.

4. Be aware of various kitchen planning methods

When designing a new kitchen there are a few industry terms you may have already heard of, such as zoning and the kitchen triangle and some concepts you might not have, like distributed appliances. …

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