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DECOR ADVICE: Frequently asked questions about kitchens

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Latest trends and what to know and do about renovating your most-used room

What should a homeowner consider when installing a kitchen?

The flow of the kitchen space needs to be carefully considered to ensure there is enough space to move around comfortably and open drawers and cupboards.

One of the biggest mistakes is not allowing enough space between the kitchen island and cupboards. It is important to decide where the sink and dishwasher need to be positioned as this will affect the plumbing and vice versa. Plan where you will prepare and cook as this will determine where plug points, stove electrics and gas points need to be located, says Martin du Plessis of M&F cabinetmakers.

What does it cost to install a brand-new kitchen? 

Depending on finishes, fixtures and appliances, a 20m² kitchen can cost anywhere between R33 000 and R200 000 and well beyond. “Handles, appliances, countertops, paint, sinks and taps, cupboard finishes – the quality and price of all of these will determine how much your kitchen is going to cost. The best approach is to have a budget and then work within those parameters,” says du Plessis.

How often should a kitchen be redone?

Every 15 years, more or less. However, if you’ve looked after your kitchen and it doesn’t feel outdated, then simple retouches such as new pendant lighting, furniture, crockery and cutlery can give it an instant update, adds du Plessis.

Consider spacing between counters and seating carefully to ensure easy flow of movement.
Picture: Caesarstone 4

When building a house, should a large portion of the budget go into the kitchen?

It is important to apportion a substantial amount for the kitchen as it is better to get the best quality that your budget can buy.

Don’t go cheap, rather do it properly the first time. Also, request an itemised quote from your builder or installer so that you can see exactly what your costs are, as this will help you decide on your musthaves versus your nice-to-haves.

What materials are best for kitchen countertops?

A kitchen is a hard-working space so durable countertops are best. Natural stone such as marble and granite and manufactured quartz such as Caesarstone look good and wear well. They are also quick and easy to clean and thus limit the spread of germs. 

What is the top kitchen trend for 2019?

One of the biggest trends is concealed storage. “As open-plan spaces become more integrated, kitchens that are minimalist and streamlined help to create an overall pulled-together look,” says Wendy Williams, director of Engel & Völkers Southern Africa.

“Appliances and plug points no longer need to be visible and are tucked away in their place until they are needed. The modern kitchen also features charging stations for your tech – either in a dedicated drawer or a pop-up charging tower near your prep area so that you can charge your tablet while following your favourite baking video. Concealed storage is about convenience, function and the luxury of having everything in its place in a way that is visually beautiful,” she says.

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