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Questions to Ask Yourself...

Why do you need a new kitchen?

  • Are you planning on reselling the property?
  • Have your needs for the kitchen expanded or reduced?
  • Or do you simply want to update the space?

What do you like about your current kitchen?

  • Is there sufficient storage?
  • Does the layout work well?
  • Is there enough space for all your appliances?
  • Does the color scheme suit the property?

What do you dislike about your current kitchen?

  • Is there enough room between cupboards to easily move around, even with more than one person in the space?
  • Are any cupboards difficult to access?
  • Do the finishes on the cupboards and counter tops look dated?
  • Are special storage conveniences lacking?

What is your preference for the "look" and " feel" of your new kitchen?

  • Do you want to create a warm, inviting place?
  • Do you want your kitchen to be the hub of activity in the house?
  • Do you want a neutral, minimalist kitchen?
  • Do you want a vibrantly exotic kitchen, full of color?

What are your storage needs?

  • Do you prefer a pantry, rather than only cupboards, in which to store food?
  • Do you have a lot of crockery? Pots and pans? Glassware? Kitchen appliances to hide away?
  • If you're in an apartment, does your kitchen space need to double as the laundry? Do you need space to store a washing machine, dryer, towels and linen?

Do you have any special items to be stored or displayed in the new kitchen?

  • Do you want a spice cupboard, spice rack or open shelf for easy access?
  • Do you have cookbooks you'd like to display on a shelf in the kitchen?
  • Do you have particular pottery or stemware that you'd like displayed in the kitchen? Or rails to hold your wine and champagne glasses upside down?
  • How would you like to store your chopping boards? Tea towels? General rubbish and recycling bins?
  • Would you like to store/display wine bottles?

What fixed and portable kitchen appliances do you have, or will have? And how often will you use them?

  • Fixed appliances include: refrigerator, freezer, sink, cook top, stove, exhaust, dishwasher, microwave
  • Portable appliances include: espresso machine, toaster, kettle, sandwich press, blender, food processor, wok, ice-cream machine

Apart from cooking, what other activities will occur in the kitchen?

  • Will the kitchen double as an informal dining space? Workspace with computer and/or phone connections? Homework center?
  • Will you can garden produce?
  • Need a separate baking preparation area?





Helpful Links

Basic Kitchen Layout Guidelines

Kitchen Design Checklist

Kitchen Layout Options

Consider Your Appliances

Recipe for a Kitchen

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