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Today there are an enormous number and range of kitchen appliances available. An appliance can help to lift the appearance of a kitchen; some may even become the kitchen's focal point. But, before you tear out your current appliances, take time to consider whether the item needs updating in the first place. If it does, consider what needs to change to better suit your needs, for example, if your current 4-hob stove is often crowded, consider investing in a 6-hob replacement. Consideration should be made to the careful removal of appliances connected to one of the services (gas, electricity, or plumbing).

It can be easy to get carried away with the latest appliances gadgetry and features, often with the steepest prices as well as need to learn new methods of usage. Therefore, carefully consider your options and decide whether additional features will be used. Do you want to relearn cooking with convection or turbo heat?

Prior to Renovation Consider KItchen Services: Electrical, Gas and Plumbing Connections

Deciding on the best location of the kitchen "services" - the collective name given to electrical, gas and plumbing connections - is fundamental to good kitchen design. Getting it right first time around will save you time and money down the track. Due consideration should be made to the current position of the service connections in the existing kitchen- keeping them in the same position will help to keep renovation costs down. Of course, if the current service points are inadequate, an efficient-running kitchen should take precedence over the short-term cost savings.


  • All major appliances
  • All plug connections
  • Lighting
  • Cook tops
  • Ovens
  • Electrical hot water services

A licensed electrician is required to carry out all electrical work.



  • Sinks
  • Dishwashers
  • Built-in coffee machines
  • Waste disposal units
  • Refrigerators with water lines

A licensed plumber is required to carry out all plumbing work.



  • Cook tops
  • Ovens
  • Gas hot water services
  • Gas heaters, if applicable

A licensed gas fitter is required to carry out all gas connection work.


Do your appliance selections prior to engaging a kitchen designer for the cabinetry layout. Your best use of the designer's time is to supply that person with your appliance specifications, along with any existing layout requirements as well as your placement preferences at your early meetings.





Helpful Links

Basic Kitchen Layout Guidelines

Kitchen Design Checklist

Kitchen Layout Options

Consider Your Appliances

Recipe for a Kitchen

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