Gone are the days of disorganisation
"With the old kitchen, storage was minimal and difficult to access. I spent half my time in the kitchen searching for what I couldn’t find."
Ingrid is an avid cook with an unconventional cooking regime. Her mantra is time management and a well-organised kitchen is a must. Ingrid’s new kitchen is efficiently and effectively configured. A deep pull-outs fitted with dividers organises pots, pans, lids and cooking utensils. Secure storage of oils and sauces in the same location ensures everything is within easy reach when cooking.
A pretty functional workstation
Powered by a motorised lift mechanism, Blum SERVO-DRIVE, the overhead cabinet door lifts effortlessly. On the lower shelf, there are plates, bowls and mugs used daily; and occasionally used items on the shelf above. "Harry is growing into a tall young man now but a few years ago, both of us had a hard time accessing the upper cabinet doors in the old kitchen. With the new cabinet, a touch of an electronic button opens or closes," tells Ingrid. A half step away is a compact work station complete with an espresso machine, toaster and kettle.
A modern kitchen with a twist
Traditionally a kitchen pantry is located within a tall cabinet but not in this modern kitchen; the wall-to-wall tall cabinets were reserved for an integrated laundry, an integrated refrigerator, and a concealed home office - introduce pantry drawers that are located adjacent to the cooktop. The inner drawers are fitted with snap-into place adjustable dividers that match the drawer interiors to store non-refrigerated food items.
Often kitchen renovations sole focus is on aesthetics such as finishes, materials, paint colours and bench top selections. During the planning and design phase it is also important to consider the importance and benefits of quality fittings.
"Through experience I’ve learned that buying quality the first time around saves time, money and unnecessary aggravation leaving more time to do fun things together as a family." – Ingrid Hazelspring.