Kitchen Secrets You Should Know Before Spending A Dollar
1-Day Clearance Sale This Saturday At Belrose Supacenta
Free Consultations with Qualified Designers
October 2009 — Open-plan living rooms have become the focal point of the home for family and entertaining. Both aesthetics and the function of the space are equally important, more so than any other room in the home.
To create an attractive and practical kitchen, the experienced designers at Freedom Kitchens offer these helpful hints and planning guidelines:
- Company: Choose a company that is accedited and meets Australian Standards. Companies manufacturing their own products have the advantage of maintaining control over quality and distribution.
- Products & Components: Enquire about the type of board used in the cabinets and ensure they are moisture resistant and environmentally friendly. Check cabinets are screwed and dowled together to give extra rigidity and strength and ensure the company uses a metal drawer runner system in all units as they last much longer than plastic.
- Design: Browse through magazines and brochures and visit home shows to visualise your new kitchen. Consider the features you want – storage needs, dining preferences, finishes for cabinet doors and benchtops, lighting options, and bench space requirements. Keep it simple to keep costs down – you can always add extras later.
- Safety: Ask your designer to plan the work triangle (fridge, sink, cooktop) where the family doesn’t pass through it. They can also suggest safe flooring materials. Always install at least one smoke detector near the kitchen and remember, placing a cooktop near an open window can be a fire hazard.
- Colour: Avoid dark colours in smaller spaces; light, cool and neutral tmes create a sense of space as they make the walls appear to recede. Use paint and accessories to add colour as these can be changed as fashions change.
- What to Consider: It’s helpful to have a checklist of functions and design features you would like incorporated. It should consider things such as your family size, speicilast areas for wine or a noticeboard, door style and handles, cabinetary and storage requirements for cookbooks, cleaning equipment and brooms, and appliance requirements – do you need space for a dishwasher and microwave, and what size sink do you want?
- Installation: Measurements should be checked three times before the kitchen is manufactured and find out whether you can make changes to your plan and when. Ensure your installer is licensed and take their mobile number. Tile and paint after installation.
- Payment: Read your contract carefully and ask your designer to explain anything you don’t understand before you sign. You are usually required to pay a 10 per cent deposit when you purchase a kitchen and most companies will require a progress payment before your kitchen goes into production. Beware of companies who want you to pay 100 per cent before delivery. Most quality companies will offer no deposit, interest free finance.
- Lighting: Lights should be placed over sinks, cooktops and preparation areas. Additional lighting underneath overhead cabinets will give good illumination to bench space. Natural light is important, so keep wall cabinets away from windows.
- Miscellaneous tips: Wider and deeper drawers maximise space however gadgets like Lazy Susans do not use space efficiently; ice-maker fridgesrequire plumbing; you can add wall units to your kitchen at a later date; and finally, don’t be afraid of divulging your budget – designers can give the best advice when they have all the information.
Qualified designers will help you create your dream kitchen. Get an obligation free consultation and quote at the Freedom Kitchen showroom in the Belrose SupaCenta this Saturday during the one-day clearance sale. Bookings essential – call 1800 113 733 to make an appointment.
Along with reduced prices for cabinets, Freedom is offering an appliance pack worth $3086 for just $1599 – save $1487 on your dishwasher, oven, cooktop and rangehood!
Visit www.freedomkitchens.com.au to view Freedom’s extensive range of kitchens that combine stunning design with superb functionality, including the very latest in Eurpopean contemporary designs as well as traditional, classic favourites.