We spoke about how much value a well-designed kitchen and bathroom can add to your home in our last blog. We also know that the kitchen is one of the biggest investments you are likely to make when upgrading your home. You want to be sure not only the kitchen and bathroom is built to last but also is designed to remain modern and young looking.
Here are some tips below which will help keep your kitchen up to date and looking great in years to come.
- Hire a professional
A professional not only has the relevant skills and experience in designing and building kitchens and bathrooms, they also have a current, comprehensive knowledge of products, hardware and materials. Products are constantly evolving, so professionals can achieve a kitchen that will stand the test of time.
- Think ergonomically
Good kitchen design minimises movement, so you spend less energy and time bending, walking, twisting, lifting and cleaning. The kitchen work triangle was developed way back in the 1920s by Lillian Moller Gilbreth, a pioneering industrial engineer, who applied motion studies and ergonomic principles to household tasks. That triangle – which aims to achieve a minimum distance between the cooking zone, cleaning area and refrigerator/ food storage space, to ensure optimal efficiencies – is still used today.
- Think sustainably
A sustainable kitchen is one that is made to last, making less of an impact on the environment. Choosing better quality and long-lasting materials, products and hardware may cost more initially, but you actually save money in the long run. You don’t want to have to be replacing components a year or two down the track.
- Think energy-saving appliances
While it may seem more expensive to purchase 5-star appliances, they will save you money in the long term by cutting your energy usage. The best appliances come with a near-lifetime guarantee so you can’t go wrong.
The kitchen is a big investment but you need to remember this is an investment that will last a long time if done properly and considering the above tips.