Sofie talks Kitchens 1:41



Whether you are embarking on a new kitchen renovation or updating an appliance, there are many questions you will be faced with, and it can become very overwhelming to determine what is right for you. The kitchen is an important room in any home, so getting the right mix of design, functionality and technology is a must.

First, let’s start with what you need to think about before you start comparing products. By painting a picture of the kind of kitchen that will work for you, will result in a practical and inspiring space that gives you satisfaction every day.

How do you use your kitchen?
Is it simply for cooking and preparing meals, or is it a place where you entertain? What is most important to you in your kitchen (style, function, space etc.) and do you enjoy spending time in the kitchen?
What appliances do you need?
When designing your kitchen, it’s useful to have an understanding of what you need for your kitchen. Do you want built in appliances that are built into your cabinetry or do you prefer freestanding appliances that can be swapped out with ease down the track? Whether it be a refrigerator, dishwasher, cooktop or oven, our buying guides will delve deeper into these products, so you are able to find the right solution for your home.
What space do you have?
Are you using the existing space to replace appliances, or will you be doing a full renovation? At this point you need to consider the space you will or already have access to so you able to find the right sized products for your home.
Quick Tip – Kitchens sell houses. Even if you’re not planning on selling, investing in good quality appliances and smart and functional designs are essential.

We have two helpful pathways for you to explore to help you find the right solution for you.

REPLACING
OLD FOR NEW
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PATH 1 – REPLACING OLD FOR NEW

Understand the space

Measure the space of the cavity that your existing appliance is installed in. This includes height, width and depth.

  • Is it integrated into the cabinetry or is it freestanding?
  • In the case of a dishwasher, does it need to fit under the bench top?
  • Do you have plenty of bench space? And therefore space for two cooktops? Do you need to have space to fit a microwave, or is there space for it to be built-in?
  • How deep and wide is the cabinetry? Are you restricted in size when choosing a rangehood? Or will it need to be suspended from the ceiling?
Materials and Finishes

Look at the existing finishes in your kitchen.Look at the existing finishes in your kitchen.

  • Do you want your new appliance to match others?
  • Will it be integrated?
Infrastructure

Make sure you understand what type of appliance you have now.

  • Does your appliance use gas or electricity or both?
  • If you want to change from gas to electricity or vice versa is this possible?
Must Haves

Have a think about the things that are most important to you before you start looking at new products. This will ultimately help narrow your search and save you on time and money.

Some things to consider…

  • Is energy consumption a key consideration for your household?
  • Do you want to stick to a particular brand for synergy within your kitchen?
  • Function vs design – which is more important to you?
  • Is there a particular function you need to have? E.g. Safety features or easy to read programmable functions.

You’ve done the planning and now it’s time to choose the right tools for your kitchen.
You have a picture of how you want your kitchen to look and what your budget is, so now you need to drill down and choose the appliances that will bring it to life.

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