Kitchen Trends For Your Customised Kit Home

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Your kitchen is a special place in your home. You spend a lot of your time preparing meals for your family, trying out a new recipe and hosting parties. Since it’s the hub of so many activities, it’s only fair that it reflects your lifestyle.

Here are some kitchen trends for your customised kit home. 

 

An Island Bench

Installing an island bench in your kitchen can be a real feature. First, it looks great, and  second, it utilises space efficiently.

You can use the ‘island’ for your sink, a cooktop, extra bench space, casual dining or helping the kids with their homework while you are cooking .

In addition, it is a great place for family and friends to congregate and socialize while you are preparing meals.

It is a good idea to ask your electrician to install power points in your island bench during construction.

Decorative Lighting

A well lit kitchen is functional, practical and safer to work in.

You can plan your kitchen lighting to eliminate shadows on work areas by carefully placing downlights in the ceiling or strip lights to the underside of overhead cupboards.

Lights can be placed in dark cupboards, while automatic lighting when you open a pantry door is a real bonus.

Creative lighting over an island bench can be a real feature of your kitchen.

Innovating Planning

With careful planning and helpful advice from kitchen experts you can have a kitchen you enjoy working in. Here are just a few simple tips…

Consider the position of your cooktop, fridge and sink. Ideally, these should be positioned in a triangle for ease of access. This may not always be possible but it is a tip for a functional kitchen.

Do you have space for a pantry? Will it simply be a large cupboard against the wall, a corner walk-in pantry or a butler’s pantry with a sink?  A pantry can eliminate the need for lots of cupboards.

Drawers can be more accessible than shelving in cupboards. They allow contents to be easily viewed when open and eliminate that struggle we have all experienced when what you need is at the very back of the bottom cupboard!

Make sure you have enough accessible power points for your appliances.  Plan power points in your pantry and island bench now, as they are more expensive to install after construction is completed.

You may not be installing some appliances now, but have you allowed for the future, eg, inbuilt microwaves or coffee machines or a larger fridge?

Take a visit to IKEA or a cabinet maker. They can give expert up-to-date advice on utilising space for storage and appliances.

Your Kitchen Style

What is your kitchen style?

Do you love a warm, cozy country kitchen with lots of timber and tiles?

Or perhaps, you prefer a commercial style kitchen displaying  clean lines and stainless steel?

Maybe an ultra modern kitchen with glass splashbacks and stone benchtops, with steel and composite materials?

Whatever style you prefer, do some research…. there is a mind boggling range of kitchen finishes available.

These days, your kitchen is only limited by your imagination and budget.

Smart Technology

The latest trends in kitchens are revolutionary.

Not many years ago we thought that ice making refrigerators or cappuccino coffee machines were the latest technology, but now we are talking voice activated appliances, phone apps which notify you if an appliance is left on or a door left open, movement activated tapware and finishes which are fingerprint resistant.

Some of these may ‘blow your budget’ now but it is worthwhile checking them out for future installation.

One hint…be careful of your fridge space…both width and height. Fridges come in so many shapes and sizes and they are constantly evolving. Keep an open space for your fridge!

When planning your kitchen and keeping up with the latest trends, Classic Kit Homes may be able to advise and suggest suppliers for your customised kit home in Queensland and Australia. Call us on (07) 5641 2020 and get a free consultation.

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5 Things You Should Know About Granny Flats

Granny flats—first, you don’t have to be a senior citizen to build one or live in one!

Located in your backyard or on its own block, a granny flat can be used for multiple purposes. You can use it to house guests, visiting family or make it an activity zone. It can become a home office, an art/craft studio, music room or a teenage retreat.

Or you can use it as the name suggests…to accommodate aging parents, allowing them to live close to you while maintaining their independence.

1. Mini Version Of Full-Sized Houses

Granny flats are compact versions of full-sized houses. Along with a bedroom or two, they have a kitchen, a bath, a lounge and usually a verandah.

Sometimes, granny flats have car ports linked to them. This provides complete independence to the resident/s of the dwelling.

2. A Granny Flat as an Investment

A granny flat in your backyard will increase the value of your property.

A backyard granny flat can be rented fulltime or perhaps short term, like AirBnB. The income generated will help pay the mortgage.

For an investor, placing a granny flat in the yard of a rental home, not only increases the value of their investment, but it also means you have 2 rental returns from the same property.

3. The Size Of A Granny Flat Matters

If your granny flat is a second dwelling on your site (secondary to the main house) the size is commonly limited to about 60 square metres of living area. Verandahs are not usually considered a living area, so your granny flat can have any size verandah.  

Larger granny flats are allowed as second dwellings on rural blocks.

Regulations vary between different councils and states. Before you consider building a granny flat on your property, consult your local council regarding requirements.

4. A Granny FlatCan Add To Your Family’s Income

With a granny flat, you can turn the unused space in your backyard into a rental property generating thousands of dollars per year. You can rent out your granny flat to earn a second income.

5. Budgeting For Your Granny Flat

As we pointed out earlier, granny flats are really just mini versions of homes.

However, just because they may be 1/3 the size of a larger home, doesn’t necessarily mean they will be 1/3 of the cost.

Keep in mind that all the trades which are involved in building a home will also be needed to construct a granny flat.

Take, for example. a plumber. He will charge a similar amount for a ‘one bathroom + kitchen + laundry’ granny flat as he does for a home with ‘4 bedrooms + one bathroom + kitchen + laundry’ home. Surprising, isn’t it !

This will apply to many other trades as well…electricians, tilers, waterproofer, painter, etc.

Call Classic Kit Homes  (07) 5641 2020 and talk to us about granny flat installations. We offer ultimate flexibility in design and inclusions of granny flat kit homes.