A previous post covered the best ways to cut costs when designing a kitchen. Today, we present ideas on the items to splurge on when designing a kitchen. A kitchen of one’s choice might seem far-fetched or perhaps too expensive at first glance. It doesn’t always have to be the case, as with the help of a kitchen planner, it is easy to identify the areas where it’s okay to spend a little more. The key is to be selective and balance between spending and saving costs. The following are the areas in which interior designers and decorators usually recommend that it’s alright to go out on a limb and splurge!
Anyone who has a considerable amount of experience in kitchen planning and design will vouch for the fact that the first things to give way in a kitchen are the handles of cabinets and drawers. As handles are essential in any modular kitchen, it is wise to invest in them. Also of note are the hinges that hold all the kitchen modules together. As they frame the skeleton of the kitchen, investing in them ensures the durability of the kitchen.
Drawers come with the bonus of ease of use, but they are a bit on the pricey side. However, pull-out drawers are much easier to use when compared to kitchen cabinets. If the budget allows for it, be sure to choose drawers over cabinets to make accessing items within them easy and quick. Drawers benefit the elderly in particular as they can access cutlery and other items without bending too much.
Sustainability is of the essence, and with energy-efficient appliances, it’s possible to do one’s bit for the environment. The benefit of these appliances is that they cut electricity costs significantly. Although they are expensive, one should look at them as a one-time investment that gives returns every month. For this reason, make sure that smart appliances are on the checklist when designing a new kitchen.
The finish of the kitchen cabinet shutters is seen to be more important than what lies inside. However, for a kitchen to stand the test of time, it’s best to opt for long-lasting carcass cabinet materials. Even if the plan is for a budget kitchen, durable carcass cabinets are a must. Simple tricks such as the use of BWR (Boiling Water Resistant) ply as opposed to standard plywood in the areas of the kitchen prone to wetness can significantly improve the longevity of the kitchen.
The most functional space in the kitchen is the countertop, which serves as the work station. A premium quality countertop can single-handedly up the glamour quotient of a kitchen by quite a bit. Ensure not to compromise when it comes to the countertop material. Choose a material that is sturdy and appealing, besides one that suits the aesthetics of the kitchen. The materials to choose from include quartz, Corian stone or high-grade granite.
When it comes to flooring, it is advisable not to try to cut costs as having a sturdy floor is imperative to the longevity of the kitchen. Hardwood flooring is an excellent choice as it adds value to the home in addition to looking beautiful, but it will require periodic sealing to improve its durability. The benefit of choosing hardwood is that one can customise it according to the requirements since it is available in a wide variety of widths, textures, and stains.
To spend or splurge – that is the question! Turn to these tips for help when designing your dream kitchen.