1. A good layout = Cooking efficiently
You should see your kitchen as your workplace where you want to work as efficiently as possible. A good layout in which you cover less distance as possible is therefore very important. The better it is, the more user-friendly it is during cooking.
Think of the most important elements you can use to create a kitchen triangle
- The fridge
- The hob
- The sink
With these basic necessities, try to form a triangle in which walking distance is minimal. This way you avoid unnecessary movements and that your delicious dishes don't overcook. With these basics, you can organise the rest of your kitchenware so you can work efficiently.
Also, think about the shape of your kitchen, a kitchen island will have a different layout than a kitchen in an L-shape. In addition, it is more convenient to divide a large kitchen into work zones because you have more appliances scattered around the place. This way you will always have a spot next to the most important utilities to work.
2. A well-thought-out design = Harmony in your kitchen
The design shouldn't underdo to functionality. But look at the materials and space according to how you work and your home as a whole. Think about the following things:
Interior style and color
Choose an interior style and color that suits your taste and home. This way you can ensure that this space blends seamlessly into other areas such as the dining room and living room, creating a continuous atmosphere.
A good worktop is important to prepare your meals on a daily basis. It is, therefore, an element that you won't replace quickly and must be able to take a beating. Various options are available such as concrete, steel, wood or marble. Each of these materials creates a different atmosphere and have different characteristics, but are also available in various price ranges. For example, concrete is very affordable while marble can easily cost you 3 times as much per meter. So be sure to check out what's affordable for you.
Rear wall and floor
Think about the maintenance of the back wall and flooring. Tiles, for example, are the easiest and cheapest options against grease splashes. But of course, you can choose more stylish materials such as marble or stainless steel for the back wall and ceramics or wood for the floor.
If you choose your style of living you already have an idea of which cupboards to choose. Beautiful, but also think about the closet space you need and the ratio between open and closed cabinets. In a small kitchen, you can work in the height to make sure you can store all your pots and pans, while with a kitchen island you can work more in width. Check out creative alternatives like hooks to hang pots and pans on, magnets on the wall for your knives or converted crates to put in all your herb jars.
What is a kitchen without good lighting? Of course, you want your culinary creations bathing in beautiful light to take the perfect Instagram snapshot. Lighting sets the atmosphere in your kitchen, so look at the room from every corner to find out how it's illuminated. Test this at night with the light on your smartphone. There are various types of lamps, from LED strips that you can stick under the kitchen cabinets to classic lamps that you can hang above the tabletop.
3. Water mains and electricity = Basic facilities in order
With the kitchen triangle or workspaces in mind, you also have to think about the water pipes and electrical cabling. Do they need to be moved or renovated? Can I reach the pipes if necessary? This is a job that can cost you a lot if you don't do it properly. Take the time to plan it well and do it the right way. You can also hire a plumber or electrician to do these tasks if you have little or no experience in the field.
It costs a little more, but you avoid potential accidents and expenses if the job is not done right. Also, make sure you seal all seams watertight. This ensures that moisture cannot get through so that no water damage or mold occurs in the walls or cupboards.
4. Safety devices = safe cooking
Cooking safely is a requirement for every chef. That's why it's important to make sure that all fire and safety precautions are in place so that you can take quick action if something goes wrong.
To increase safety in your kitchen it is best to place a fire alarm as well. A heat detector, in particular, is a good investment. These detectors measure the ambient temperature and warn you if the room exceeds a certain temperature, which can be the sign of a starting fire. The advantage of heat detectors is that they cannot give false alarms in places where there are a lot of gases such as water vapor.
In addition, a fire blanket is useful to stop starting fires quickly. This way you immediately have a safety measure at hand when small electronic devices or your pan catches fire.
Finally, a fire extinguisher that meets the European and Belgian inspection standards is also indispensable to prevent fires. Apart from the fact that a fire extinguisher is compulsory in every house for insurance purposes, this is an important remedy to prevent worse. Be sure to check which type of fire extinguisher is suitable for your kitchen and place it in an accessible place.
First aid kit
We've all been through it. Sometimes we are too enthusiastic with the kitchen knife or we burn ourselves. So a small first aid kit with the necessary plasters and care products is no unnecessary luxury so we can quickly get back to cooking.
5. Sustainable growing = saving money
Think about your conversion plans. How do you deal with this, what does it do with the possibilities for future renovations and the value of your home? Here are some things you can think about that will save you costs in the long run.
Living kitchen, open kitchen or closed kitchen
Building land is becoming increasingly scarce, houses also cover less and less space, so you have to be innovative with the available space. Think, for example, of turning your kitchen and living room into one. A combined kitchen and living room consist of one open space that you can turn into the central room in your house. So you can still cook, but also work, catch up and more. This has the advantage that you create more space and that you can match the interior of both spaces.
Keep in mind the labels of new appliances such as your oven, microwave or refrigerator. A favorable environmental inspection ensures that you are more economical with raw materials in the long term so that you can also save money.
If you buy built-in appliances, it is also useful to check whether there are certain standard sizes. This way you can easily repair or replace them if there is a defect and you don't need to replace any materials.
Access to electricity and drainage
Provide safe and easy access points to these things. If, for example, you need to replace a lamp, it is advisable to cut off the power supply for a while. In case of a clogged pipe, you can also easily unblock or repair it yourself. An access point that you can easily reach ensures that you can solve problems quickly and efficiently instead of having to dismantle something first to gain access.
Gas, Vitro ceramic or induction
This choice is best made on the basis of which energy source your home uses. If your home is heated with gas, gas is by far the cheapest option. However, this advantage does not apply if you need to have gas supplied; transport costs can often drive up the costs. With this option, also take into account the necessary maintenance of the pipelines for safe and reliable supply.
Vitroceramics and induction both depend on electricity, which makes them both safer and easier to maintain. Of both options, induction is the most expensive because it has an induction coil that generates an electromagnetic field as opposed to the standard vitroceramic heating element. The big advantage of induction is that you get high efficiency, so your consumption costs are very low. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
What do you really need now?
With all of the above, it is equally important to ask yourself whether you really need it and how long the materials and devices will remain good. Your old fridge and oven don't have an infinite life and probably use a bit more energy than the newer models. That being said, the fridge is working day in and day out while you might only use the oven once a week. So look at what you use and how many times you use it. In this case, an investment in a new fridge is a better option than that new oven with all the gadgets. This way you invest money in things that are really important in your home.