No matter how much you have to spend on the kitchen reno, get the planning and design wrong and you’ll be unhappy with the end result and out of pocket.
The most frustrating mistakes or miscalculations may not even be apparent at first.
But over time the colliding doors, lack of bench space or uncomfortable stretch from the sink to the cooktop will have you wishing you could rip it all out and start again.
It can be hard to visualise an end result but good planning and avoiding these key mistakes will keep you on track when upgrading your kitchen.
1. Jeopardising the triangle
The sink, the fridge and the cooktop constitute the core area, called the working triangle.
Design the space so traffic doesn’t flow through this area and consider the ergonomics.
Movement between the three elements should be comfortable and smooth, so keep it unobstructed.
2. Skimping on storage
The kitchen has to house a lot of items, from food to dining ware and all manner of often oddly shaped, space-hogging gadgets and gear.
While it’s tempting to trade your dollar for biggest visual impact, such as flooring or tiles, the best bang for your buck is to spend on storage.
Take an inventory of all your kitchen items and organise according to need and the best access points.
3. Letting doors collide
Sketch the position of opened appliance and cabinet doors and drawers onto the floorplan.
This will allow you to discover if doors bang into things or block access points before it’s too late.
Include knobs and handles in your calculations and pay attention to drawers and doors that are close to inside corners or opposite each other.