Finishing Touches: Filling Your Apropos Kitchen Extension.Published on 7th July 2015
There are few home renovations more exciting than the kitchen extension. If you’re used to working in a cramped and dark space lacking in storage and work surfaces, a bright, roomy extension can be a revelation. Your kitchen could change from the purely functional to the very epicentre of your home. It’s not an inexpensive process however, so it pays to spend enough time and money to get things right first time.
So, how do you go about getting the best from your kitchen extension, and what things do you need to fill it?
Although at Apropos our part of the of the design process finishes when the last bolt has been tightened, we have worked with a lot of kitchen designers through the years, and we’ve noticed that the best results are often found in bespoke work, such as that produced by Andrew John Lloyd.
While it goes without saying that a bespoke kitchen should deliver all of your required features at an exceptionally high quality, from pull-out pantry to in-built wine rack, the main benefit we’ve seen is that they can be created without compromise.
A good kitchen designer will have all the relevant questions ready to work out what you currently need in terms of surfaces and storage: how much do you cook; do you bake; do you need a sink with a view; what will you be storing and how regimented do you want it to be; where will you want to eat – breakfast bar, dining table, or both? They will provide you with sample images of curved lines, straight edges, modern masterpieces and retro chic, rendered in wood, stainless steel, veneer and lacquer… The choices are almost endless, so it’s worth thinking about in advance.
With so many ‘essential’ new gadgets coming on to the market, it’s also worth looking at ways that you might future-proof your extension in order to get the very best from your investment. Boiling water taps and waste disposal sink units are both growing in popularity, but they also take up under-sink storage space, so there’s a trade-off to consider. Dedicated pizza ovens are trending just now, but, again, it’s sensible to question whether you’d use the oven or the storage space it would inhabit more. Wall-mounted magnetic knife racks can seem a good idea, but they’re not always the safest bet if you have, or are intending to have, pets or children. And then we get to the real gadgets – while some, like the ‘Toast ‘n’ egg toaster’ and the Smoking Gun, do seem to be flash-in-the-pan gimmicks that you may not want to figure into your storage and design plan, Spiralizers look set to stay. All-in-one ‘chef’s assistants’, such as the Thermomix, and super-powered microwave devices, such as the ‘Turbo-Chef’, could well become a regular fixture.
There is no such thing as the ‘perfect kitchen’, but it is possible to create your perfect kitchen, and with a bit of planning, and a bit of Apropos magic, you could soon be on the way to making yours.