When it comes to kitchen renovations, there are a few different ways homeowners can complete the work. But, which one is best for you? Today, our Art of Kitchens experts look at the benefits of a custom-designed kitchen and how it can increase the value of your home and enhance your lifestyle.
We know renovating can be stressful and cause upheaval in your home, so you’ll want to make sure the end result is worth the time and effort. Most of the time, homeowners undertake a kitchen renovation in order to create a space that works better, is more up-to-date, makes better use of the space, improves functionality or all of these areas. While a makeover can address the way a kitchen looks, the only way to truly address functionality and practicality issues is with a custom design and full renovation.
Tailoring your kitchen to your exact needs, cooking techniques, and users can make the space shine in terms of functionality. If you choose to upgrade your kitchen for aesthetic qualities only or resale, the desire to customise may not be high on your agenda. However, having lived with your current kitchen, you are the expert in knowing what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t. Fixing these features can be a bonus, even if you intend to sell the home.
Storage & Functionality
The biggest benefit of a custom renovation is the vast advantages of personalised functionality. Every budding home chef has different requirements regarding storage and what they expect from the kitchen. Those who adore entertaining may consider adding additional features such as a butler’s pantry or walk-in pantry. At the same time, smaller spaces may need innovative overhead storage solutions or impressive large pull-out drawers.
It’s important that the storage space delivered be in keeping with the storage needs of the homeowner. Utilising every corner of the available space can allow you to reduce benchtop clutter and ensure that everything has its rightful place. Access to stored items also becomes paramount when it comes to maximising every centimetre and, again, this is where a customised solution offers gold-star results.
A custom design also allows you to consider the various work and storage zones within your planned kitchen and to tweak the kitchen triangle to best suit your lifestyle as well as the way you cook and entertain. This will ensure your kitchen functions seamlessly while also enhancing your cooking experience, making allowance for the size of your family, your needs as you age, making entertaining crowds a breeze, as well as a host of other considerations.
It’s All About You
Tailoring your kitchen space also allows you to put your stamp on your kitchen. It will enable the kitchen to completely complement your lifestyle and exact cooking requirements while fully representing your personality and unique tastes. This could be from the fixtures and fittings you choose to your kitchen’s materials, colours, and theme. Plus, it will ultimately fall in line with what is expected of the space, which can vary at different times of the day. From including a small office space, to breakfast bars or adding those important entertaining features such as larger fridges and wine coolers, a custom design can incorporate exactly what you need, and nothing that you don’t.
A custom design includes allowance for food storage if you buy in bulk, for example and considers where to best locate items that are often used. It allows you to add special features such as multifunctional and steam ovens, larger or smaller dishwashers, specialised cooking appliances, etc. You can create a kitchen that is perfectly tailored to the foods you tend to cook, whether it be a pizza-loving chef or one that adores Asian cuisine. The options are endless.
Layout & Planning
Another important aspect is the available area for your new kitchen. Many Australian homes have interesting and sometimes irregular kitchen areas. By customising your kitchen, you can create the perfect kitchen in the space allocated with minimal fuss. A professional kitchen designer can transform any space – large, small, or an unusual shape – into a practical and beautiful kitchen, allowing you to take advantage of every nook and corner. For those of us who live in an urban setting, this can be incredibly important when space optimisation is paramount.
Tailoring your kitchen also allows you greater control over the types of materials you choose to utilise. Choosing durable and long-lasting products can add to the longevity of your kitchen and, in essence, safeguard your investment well into the future.
#TopTip – don’t forget to include energy-efficient appliances when customising your kitchen! Customising your kitchen allows you to choose energy-saving options, reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your utility bills.
Other Benefits of Customising Your Kitchen
Customising can ensure that you create a kitchen that is not only visually stunning but also highly practical, from ensuring that your storage and appliances are exactly what you need to the theme and materials you want to use. Customising can also increase the value of your home and creates an interior in which the kitchen flows perfectly with adjoining rooms. Customised and beautifully designed kitchens are well known to enhance the overall appeal of your property.
Working with professional kitchen designers to customise your kitchen will also open possibilities for the space that many homeowners cannot see. Kitchen designers are experts in the industry and, with a little insight, can transform an unworkable zone into a chef’s or entertainer’s paradise.
Creating a kitchen design that reflects your personality and meets your specific needs will also give you a meaningful emotional connection to the space. A customised kitchen can evoke a sense of comfort and pride, allowing you to create a warm and inviting home environment. With the right expert advice, you can create the kitchen of your dreams!
Our Art of Kitchens specialist kitchen designers are experts at bringing your dreams to life while adding our special touches of flair, with a focus on functionality and practicality. Book an appointment today to discuss your plans for a custom kitchen.