Kitchens are where we eat, clean, create, relax and connect, so doesn’t it make sense that this hub of life be functional in its design, fluid in its pathways and amazing to look at?
That’s what Azure Luxury Homes thinks. As the luxury home builders of Perth, we achieve it on a weekly basis. Today, we open up our designers’ minds to reveal their top five tips for building your perfect kitchen.
A space styled for everyone
A clever luxury home design combines the delivery of food with how the household uses the kitchen. What if your children want help with their homework at the same time that you’re preparing dinner? Then you pop in an island bench that incorporates a study space and a meal prep area.
Is there a master chef that’s a tad messy? Then engineered stone benchtops are ideal for greater durability and stain resistance. They’re so beautiful and more economical than the real thing!
Sometimes, a visitor will just want to share a cuppa and some news. That’s when a sitting nook with comfy seats and some natural light can make all the difference.
Layout is king
A custom home design from Azure always includes the kitchen’s ‘golden triangle’. It’s where the three main workhorses – the sink, fridge and stove – are all placed no more than three metres apart from one another. When it comes to the sink and the fridge though, we opt for about a metre between them.
It’s also best to have the dishwasher and sink close to crockery and cutlery storage. You’ll travel less distance and if it’s drawers, everyone can help out!
Another key point is allowing enough space for more than one person. So whether you’re baking for tomorrow’s fete or prepping for tonight’s dinner party, more than one person can get involved.
Super storage solutions
Most households have the same amount of items in their kitchen; some just store them better! Plan for spaces that can hide daily-use items. Power points in those nooks will keep things like toasters and kettles in use where they sit, saving them from knocks and mishaps.
Don’t be afraid to extend your cupboards to the ceiling either. A small step ladder in your pantry will help you get to the items you rarely use but store up high.
With custom home designs, the future-ready kitchen is here! Your fridge can send your phone a shopping list. Your smart oven can understand the desired temperature of a downloaded recipe. Taps with inbuilt sensors can turn on with movement. And of course, power points now come with USB sockets for easy device charging.
Light up your life
There’s a fine line between too much and not enough kitchen lighting. You want as much natural light as possible but also good direct lighting for clear vision of work surfaces. Don’t forget though that a softer, warmer light has its place in the kitchen too.
Now that you have a better idea of how your custom designed kitchen will look, how about we help you with the rest of your exclusive home design? Azure Luxury Homes has extensive custom home design knowledge. We are the eminent luxury home builders of Perth and would welcome your enquiry today.