Inspired Renovations are specialists in kitchen renovations. They are well connected with trusted suppliers, brands and product sources. As such, they are constantly approached by many suppliers in the renovation marketplace so they are well aware of the many choices available for you. Inspired Renovations is therefore your “one-stop shop” to this galaxy of choices: layouts, designs, finishes, tradespeople etc making your renovation dreams a reality, so how they advise you is not limited by any singular loyalty to one source, brand or supplier. It’s more about you.
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Most clients want to cook well, look well and buy well with a durable product. Differences in quality inclusions can mean different pricing levels. Take the variables involved in benchtop choices for example:
The value of the raw materials such as laminate or engineered stone choices i.e: granite or quartz can make a substantial difference to your kitchen benchtop at an additional price.
Design and sizing specifications: the average kitchen requires a bench depth of 600mm, but a kitchen design with an island bench 900mm wide will require not one but two slabs of stone.
Machining and installation. The more cut outs, edging, corners, joins and custom colours, the more your kitchen will cost. The same benchtop with waterfall edges added for example, attracts a higher price.
Introducing Complete No-Fuss Kitchen Collections
We make it all happen in the shortest possible time with complete kitchen packages. Everything you need from the splashback to the kitchen sink. Our dedicated Project Manager simplifies the processes. Our hand-selected and winning kitchen solutions give you the look you want without the expensive designer price tag making the most of your budget and giving you more time to invest into other things. Kitchen packages include floor tiles, splashbacks, ceiling paint, cabinetry, benchtops, sink, tapware, and appliances, flooring, wall paint, internal door handles, powerpoints, switches, architraves, skirting and light fittings.
Understanding the Basics of Kitchen Layouts
The most important part of kitchen design is the layout. The layout determines the patterns of time and motion: how you’re going to move about the kitchen, store food and utensils, prepare food preparation, grill, bake, slow-cook, stir-fry, cook, eat and even socialise. Deciding your layout is the precursor to the placement of other kitchen elements such as cabinetry, storage, appliances, sink, benchtops, windows, lighting, doors, and complementary furniture such as kitchen table and chairs. The basic and most common kitchen layouts are frequently used. There are different reasons for choosing one layout over the other. These include the following:
- The “One-wall” kitchen
- The “L-shaped” or “Two Wall” Kitchen
- The “U-shaped” kitchen
- The “Galley” kitchen
- The “G-shaped” kitchen
The One-Wall Kitchen – #1 “Space Saver”
Found in smaller dwellings like flats, studios, hotel rooms and shipping container homes, the one-wall kitchen is the #1 space-saver, conveniently bringing all the cooking elements, like oven and utensils close together in one clean line. Everything is found in quick easy reach. If you like quick clean-ups after meals, this is your ideal kitchen layout. As the food prep area may be limited, try “doubling up” your dining table as a kitchen table also. Some savvy renovators add a built-in island with inbuilt storage and cutlery drawer. The disadvantage of this one-line of cabinetry is that the longer the line of cabinetry is, the less convenient it becomes as the elements of food prep and cooking gets elongated further and further apart. Also, the chef must cook with their back to everyone at most times. However as it is used predominantly in the more compact applications, this doesn’t matter. It also tends to be the least costly kitchen investment.
The “L–Shape” or “Two Wall” Kitchen Layout – The “Stress Free” Choice
This layout is suited for small to medium kitchen spaces and to corners. Today’s contemporary homes are certainly leaning toward open plan living and the “L-Shaped” kitchen is just perfect for the open layout home. L-shaped kitchens only use two walls. They are a natural choice for promoting open spaces. L-shaped kitchens typically have two open ends which promotes freedom in the flow of foot traffic. A free flowing kitchen is quite beneficial when entertaining as it produces no lags in the cook/prep time so meals may get out quicker and this may assist in producing a stress-free chef also. The disadvantage here of this layout is the cook tends to have their back to everyone, compared with other layouts.
The “U-Shape Kitchen Layout – The “United Cooking Effort!”
The “U-Shape” layout is a popular and efficient kitchen for small to medium areas, and for when two or more cooks are operating together (as can often happens.) This layout brings the prep space and cupboards into three sides reducing the floor area. It certainly appeals to some as it easily divides the kitchen defining it into “multiple work areas.” This layout has appeal for training aspiring young cooks within the family.
A kitchen table or island bench may easily be added to the open end of the wider “U” of the “U-Shape” layout to embellish not only the prep area but to encourage social engagement during cooking time, or to keep an eye on the kids while they complete homework tasks. It is recommended to provide a min. of 900mm of comfortable distance between the island bench (if used) and other cabinetry for safe manoeuvring and so that doors can open properly. A generally recognized benefit of using an island benchtop is the “separation” of your kitchen and dining areas, so you can cook as well as entertain with no fuss.
The Galley Kitchen – Chef’s Choice
This kitchen layout gets its namesake from the galley (kitchen) of a ship or plane and ideally it does suit larger areas. It is found in many restaurants, commercial kitchens and cafes. It is a layout that appeals to busy chefs as appliances and the food prep area are located opposite each other promoting excellence in meal management. Some argue that this layout makes everything easily accessible and thereby faster to clean. The traditional galley-style layout has pots, pans, cooktops and ovens on one side and the food preparation, plates and the all-important final food presentation opposite. For those eager to maximise storage space, the galley-style has lots of potential for wall cabinets and shelving units to optimise storage space. Also, the benchtop length and depths are flexible for storage also. Traditionally one side is closed off at the end making the cook less accessible to visitors and family members who want to chat during cooking time. The more modern designs have open ends. In modern designs the cooktop is finding its way into the preparation side.
The “G-Shape” Kitchen Layout – Max Out Your Work Zones!
The G-shaped kitchen layout is generally not seen as often as the other layouts but provides optimum bench space and greater storage. It is primarily a U-shaped layout with an extra set of cabinetry and benchtop. It may be said that it is a compromise on having an island bench when you don’t quite have room for it, but you would certainly choose a “G” – shape kitchen design if you simply want to maximise kitchen cupboards and prep room into your available space. In any case, you now have four definable work zones. This “fourth leg” is the accessory attached to one side of the “U” at a right angle and deemed a desired work aisle.
Special Note: New and Inspired Integrated Kitchen/Laundry Design
The popularity of the European-style laundry reveals the washing machine and dryer (sometimes this is the same single unit) behind cupboard doors. At times, we have introduced a new layout which we refer to as the “integrated kitchen / laundry design.” In medium-sized applications, we have introduced this concept to the client as a means of space-saving and maximizing the work-time-space efficiency relationship.