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What comes first, the appliance or the new kitchen design?

What comes first, the appliance or the new kitchen design?

These days kitchens are jam packed with appliances. You have the basics; oven, stove, microwave and dishwasher. Then you have the extras; Soda Streams, Mixmasters, a Thermomix, Nespresso machine, a kettle and the rest. But when it comes to your new kitchen, your dream kitchen, what do you sort out first? The appliances or the design?

Our verdict? Sort your appliances out first, always. Why? Well, there’s a fair bit of logic behind that and if you use it, you’ll save time and money because of it.

Reason #1: Placement
Strategically placing your kitchen appliances means that you can have a better working flow. So, if you know which appliances you want in your kitchen before you create it, you’re sure to get a better result. Think about the working triangle of the kitchen; refrigerator, sink and benchtop. These three areas need to have ample space and accessibility in relation of each other for a kitchen to work well.

Reason #2: Finding an appliance that works vs finding a modular that works  
For some people, the extra expense of buying brand new appliances to suit the new kitchen dimensions isn’t a problem, but for others it’s a bit of a road block. Appliances aren’t size standardized, so there’s no sizing grades for them to make life easier. Because of this, there’s plenty of modular solutions available from building companies or even Ikea and other major fit out retailers where you can adjust the dimensions for width and height without it costing anything further. Because of this, you’re more likely to get a kitchen that fits your appliances perfectly than an appliance that fits the kitchen.

Reason #3: A better overall look
By having the cabinetry fit the appliances perfectly, you aren’t going to get odd spacing between appliances and cabinetry. You can create the illusion of built in appliances by getting exact measurements and alignments throughout the kitchen. It looks great and you’ll feel like you have a complete custom solution without the expense.

The aim of the game is simple, create a kitchen that you love, works perfectly for you and looks good at the same time. If there’s ways to save money along the way then why not!

Tell us, how did your last kitchen renovation go? What worked well and what didn’t? 

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