Thank you for the tips cancanmum
If there are some pictures would be perfect!
This is a discussion on Designing Your Dream Kitchen within the Home Design and Decoration Tips forum, part of the Home Planning Forum category; So excited to be the first person to post here! I realised that many people tend to overlook practicality when ...
So excited to be the first person to post here!
I realised that many people tend to overlook practicality when planning for their dream kitchen when they first get their keys to their lovenest. Being first time owners to a lovenest, they often get ideas from magazines or site visits to friends or relatives' homes. If they are second time owners, chances of getting new ideas may be lesser as they will plan based on their personal experiences.
I have here some tips to share with regards to planning your dream kitchen to last you for the next good ten years, at least from just married to giving birth and then till your children are schooling. Sad to say even my own kitchen done up five years ago does not suit my current lifestyle anymore. (I was once an excited first time home owner like everyone else!!) - so...time to renovate!! hahahaha
And the main problem is that the Kitchen is most often the area where we will spend most amount of money on, when we renovate. The last thing we hope to see is a nice kitchen on the outside but not very practical on the inside.
Tip Number One - Pre-plan your workflow in the kitchen - imagine yourself "working in" the future kitchen. Does the workflow suit your current/future working style? Is the right appliance in the right position? Do not think that "oh i do not cook often" so you will give this step a miss. Because you never know next time when you have babies or when your confinement lady or mother in law needs to use the kitchen for one whole month and they realised your kitchen is really "not up to cooking standards".
Tip Number Two - Plan your Storage Space (Very Important) - Plan your storage space. Where to put the Rice Container? Where to put the canned foods and instant noodles? Where to put my ladles and cutleries? How to organise them such that ALL the spaces within a drawer or within a door space will not be wasted? Be careful when customising the drawers and doors sizes to make sure there are no leftover spaces. And all these leftover spaces may be small but they will add on to the feasibility and practicality of your kitchen as a whole. One thing to start first is to get some basic measurements of all your household goods and plan how to store them. One item that i find very useful is DEEP and BIG drawers. They are really good for storage.
Tip Number Three - Practicality and Functionality (Very Important) - do not copy ideas from magazines or friend's houses blindly. Practicality is the most important factor for your kitchen to last you through the many years of stay. A tall pull out ladder unit may be useful for some but it may not be useful to you. Think of an item's practicality. Why and how does it help you in the kitchen. Some kitchen layouts that you have seen works perfectly but it may not work as well for you because the layout may be different or their way of working around the kitchen may not suit yours. Long recessed handles may look modern and nice but do they serve any functional purposes besides having to clean the recessed corners when oil gets trapped in between? Think of every item that you will be incorporating into your dream kitchen and how it adds on to the functionality aspect of the design.
Tip Number Four - Ease of Maintenance - A totally white kitchen is nice, and its also my dream kitchen to picture myself in there. But do think of long term maintenance issue. I have seen many totally white kitchens turning into off-white. And imagine how hard it is to keep it white and polished everytime after cooking. Choice of easy to maintain colours are as crucial. Also make sure your doors and worktops are easy to clean. For example, a glossy surface is easier to wipe than a matt surface with texture. Always take into consideration all things gets covered by oil easily in the kitchen and working around there will get you somewhere.
Last edited by CanCanMum; 20-05-2009 at 06:37 AM. Reason: add pictures
Thank you for the tips cancanmum
If there are some pictures would be perfect!
cancanmum, can show my kitchen when it's done. haha.
never follow fengshui cos prefer practical kitchen. small space, so sometimes placed elsewhere, abit no choice.
with the kind permission from stonston...heee
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wonder IKEA kitchen good not?
saw their ad on TV get their kitchen, they give 10% or 15% (forgot) gift vouchers
Heard IKEA not made of long-lasting material
No comments on whether good or not coz its still owners choice when they want to do any furnitures
but ikea uses chipboards as their raw materials for all cabinets.
and other pple in the same trade uses solid plywood.
But how come they can still give 25-year warranties for their kitchen cabinets?Originally Posted by CanCanMum
I did consider them ... but pulled out in the end becoz theirs is still a modular system, which means they cannot customise the kitchen cabinets to fit my kitchen exactly, in terms of the ceiling height, as well as the recesses here & there.
Now that my uploading problem has been eradicated by Edy, I'll try to post some pics of my kitchen cabinets here for your KIND critique.
When you talk a walk in Ikea & reached the kitchen cabinet section, there's always this spotlight with the "25 years warranty" being shone onto the floor ... I know, becoz Seamus always like to run after that in circles.Originally Posted by Angelmum
dont know what you mean by "minimum purchase price" here.
I'm referring to the "custom made" kitchen cabinets where the staff will take your kitchen floorplan & come up with a design for you.
Hope we are referring to the same thing.
Finally found time to deliver my "promise" ...Originally Posted by VroomVroomBoys
As you can see, besides being practical (especially after hvaing had the privilege to design my own kitchen in my previous apartments) ... I'm all nuts for aesthetics.
1) the big deep drawers to store away all the pots & pans ...
2) the 2.5 kitchen sinks to handle all kinds of massive feast ...
3) the super big drying area to handle all the washed plates & stuff ...
4) the 180deg hinge which ensures nobody hurts their head while doing the washing ...
1) the now-you-see-me, now-you-dont sliding door to hide away the microwave oven ...
2) the Eubiq strip, which means I can have electric supply for even more than 10 appliances but without the eyesore of the sockets ...
3) the matching kitchen faucet, which cost me 600 bucks ... not to mention many trips to check stock of ALL the major suppliers on the island!!
most importantly it suits your lifestyle
the bottom doors looked very reflective though....could have been better if its a little more subtle in the reflective index. But you do have a kitchen that is advantageous in its layout as the cabinets flank the entire wall and maximizes storage and working space.
any yes the 165-degree swing door hinge is useful.
but overall is nice and looks pretty practical to me~
Already picked the mirrors that's been most shaded ... but I guess, it's just extremely sunny today.Originally Posted by CanCanMum
But seriously, in my first matrimonial home, spent a 5-figure sum on my kitchen modelled after Jackie Chan's kitchen in his movie with Shu Qi ... all with aluminium laminates.
Really nice to look at but space was not optimised, becoz of a lack in experience working in the kitchen.
Dark meh?Originally Posted by Angelmum
The photos all just taken this morning without flash but natural lighting ... somemore, the expert here already "complaned" of the mirrors' reflective index .
If you look at the very first pic, the 4-panel kitchen window is just to the left ... see the floor for the shadows.Originally Posted by Angelmum
Also, if you look at the mirror reflections of the first few pics, the opposite side is where my big fridge, washer with dryer stacked on top & another working top is ... plus another 2-m run of storage cabinet overhead (for all inedibles like toilet paper, kitchen towel, detergent, etc).
Yes, the layout of this spacious kitchen was what made me decided to buy this apartment too.
1st x buy resale, never wonder y ex-owner switched on all the house lights during the DAY .... now a lesson learnt, gained experience on future house hunting .... must have natural lighting! I actually viewed a few house n purposely asked owners to turn off lights so that I can see how bright during the day. Really fighten of living in dark house.... heard prevent the good flow of qi and not good to heath + fengshui.
Actually at the end of the day, you must be happy with your kitchen and happy with the amount you spent on it.
Mine's a budget reno but I'm very happy with the outcome and overall look/feel of the house. All thanks to Cancanmum TWO BIG THUMBS UP!
Some ppl tink looks more impt than function, some ppl tink fengshui more impt than anything, some ppl tink function more impt. as long as you designed your house to your satisfaction and love happily in it, then your house is the best house
*just like how i will always tink my house is the best house cos it's design to suit me n my family *
Empty vessels make the most noise
would like to know if there's a guideline on the paymt mode. 1st paymt is 65% on total contract sum($10,000.00) after deposit too high? thks
there is no guidelines on payment mode.
what do you mean by 1st payment after deposit?
meaning how much is the deposit payment?
on a fair scale, you should be looking at this kind of arrangement:
1) 10% upon confirmation
2) 20% upon confirmation of all detail dwgs to build
3) 30% upon delivery of cabinets
4) 25 % upon delivery of 2nd batch of cabinets or upon installation of kitchen worktop if yours is only kitchen?
5) 15% upon completion of works.
This is to make sure they do not use your payment to roll for other projects.
But nowadays its hard to do business also.....rental/salary/payment did not collect in time etc so its also inevitable that some firms have to collect more upfront payment to survive.
In the end you must be sure you have enough trusts in them to complete your house for you which is more important than about the advance payment.
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