Looking to introduce an island into your kitchen space? If you’re increasing the size of your kitchen, it’s a feature that will instantly add a casual feel, and a distinctive beauty. Functionally, the island keeps people close at hand, giving guests a place to sit and talk, while keeping your work area open and unobstructed by traffic. It can also function as a work prep area (especially with a small sink included) and a very efficient place to store/hide cooking bowls, pots and pans, or dinnerware.
For countertops, granite is always a popular option. Without a doubt, granite is a beautiful look and has a high-end reputation to match, but it’s not always the most practical option. We often favour Quartz, a material with an equally luxurious finish, similar in price, and yet has a finer surface that prevents bacteria growth which the more porous granite is prone to.
Have you considered how your kitchen will be lit? Kitchens of any size always benefit from both general lighting and focused, task lighting. Task lighting is easily hidden, on cabinet undersides for example, and highlights work areas to prevent eye strain and make work easier. A well-lit kitchen emphasizes the features and beautiful finishes.
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Collect pictures of the designs you love, both to show to your designer, and to help think through what you hope to get out of your new kitchen. Are you looking for more space (for movement and working) or more functionality (storage), or both? This will help ensure the end design and layout is perfect for you and your family.
There are many things to consider in a kitchen renovation – from flooring to fixtures to electrical to plumbing. It’s invariably the reno involving the most decisions. London Renovations will help you through the process with a minimum of stress and disruption. With good planning, you’ll end up with a kitchen that is smart and beautiful – and the perfect fit for your everyday life and all your entertaining needs.
* According to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, kitchen renovations are guaranteed a return of 75 to 100 percent on your investment when you sell your house.