The kitchen has always been one of the most utilised rooms in the house but the way we think about kitchens has changed. It’s not just the materials and appliances that need renovation; it’s the approach to design and layout that will transform your life.
Historically kitchens were placed outside the home or at the back of the home because cooking required an open fireplace or wood burning stove, which involved smoke and the risk of setting light to the rest of the house.
Today most kitchens are centrally located at the hub of the home where an open layout is preferred because the whole household can participate in the process of meal preparation– even if it’s only to keep the cook company. The placement and workflow of your kitchen can make it better for socialising and bonding with family members. It also makes for a far more functional and enjoyable space to work in.
All this can be achieved with an experienced Adelaide kitchen designer. Jag Kitchens is one of South Australia’s most awarded kitchen designers who can provide a sensational kitchen renovation. Their Adelaide workshop consistently produces quality kitchens nominated for innovation and workmanship.
The feeling of spaciousness, free movement and interaction are not to be underestimated with a kitchen renovation that embraces open plan living. With clever design arrangement, even a small home can appear big and spacious when a free flow is established between the main living zones. Some difficulties can arise from the architectural challenge of removing walls, adding ventilation, new plumbing, and wiring, but that’s where your kitchen designer comes in. This is where Adelaide-based Jag Kitchens excel, offering the inspiration to project manage and execute everything to a high standard.
By opening the kitchen to the rest of the living areas, a kitchen renovation means no more isolation and compartmentalization of the food preparation process. This introduces a unity not only to the spatial arrangement but into the lives of the owners as well. The kitchen becomes an active part of the family home where you can interact with family members and guests. Entertaining will be something you’ll want to do more often because it will be easier and more enjoyable.
Upgrading the kitchen to incorporate the latest materials and finishes revitalizes the look of your home. Trends happen over time, so no matter how classic you chose to stay, your interior décor becomes dated and the look you once loved doesn’t work as well as the years go by.
The honey oak timber cabinets were a staple in kitchens of the 1980s and ’90s have fallen out of favour and dark hues that were trending a decade ago now feel a bit overbearing. Tastes have shifted towards light-coloured cabinetry and solid colours in high gloss and matte finishes. Laminate benchtops that were popular in the ’60s and ’70s for their durability, wipe-clean convenience, and affordability have evolved and become more sophisticated, while high-end finishes such as engineered and natural stone are sought after for their beauty and individuality.
Appliances have also transformed the contemporary kitchen. Advances in technology have led to more industrial-style appliances that appear more streamlined. Cooktops have become separated from the oven and extractor hoods allow for versatility in their placement as excess steam and cooking smells can be whisked away. While many appliances have become smaller and more compact, fridges and freezers are bigger than ever. Gone are the days of white fridges and dishwashers. Now stainless steel, matte black, and integrated finishes allow for more design possibilities. Jag can demonstrate all these trends in their stylish Adelaide showroom.
The practical aspects of working in a kitchen can be addressed with a Jag kitchen renovation. Jag’s designers have worked with clients all over Adelaide and the first step is listening to your needs and assessing how to make the space work better. An experienced designer can create storage solutions, address your entertaining requirements, suggest appropriate appliances and provide innovations that will make cooking more convenient and enjoyable.
This can be as simple as redesigning the layout to provide better workflow, allocating an oven height that allows you to keep an eye on baking dishes while you are entertaining, setting the cooktop to one side so as not to restrict access to the oven or grill, or including storage drawers instead of under-bench cupboards so you don’t have to bend down all the time. Based in Adelaide, Jag’s designers consult all over South Australia.
Daily living and entertaining revolve around meals. If your kitchen is cramped, has a poor layout and lacks space for storage and preparation, you may find your whole attitude towards cooking will change after a kitchen renovation. You will find it so much more enjoyable to cook and work in a kitchen that is more spacious and better organised. If the space is attractive and appealing, you will be happier spending time in it. Thanks to technological advances your new kitchen can be an exciting place with product inclusions and appliances designed to make meal preparation easier and save you time.
Kitchen technology has come a long way. For many people cooking is no longer a chore but a pleasure, or even a therapy! The stove was once an integral part of a kitchen but now we can choose from a range of appliances that allow us to bake, roast, boil, grill, fry, microwave, steam, infuse and freeze all with amazing efficiency and convenience.
The choice is endless – conventional, convection, steam, single or double, gas or electric, built-in or freestanding – with helpful features such as delayed timers, self-cleaning and childproofing. The orientation of the appliances and their heights contributes to having everything more accessible and convenient. Dishwashers allow for easy clean-up which is also environmentally responsible. Integrated media solutions allow you to watch your favourite shows or listen to your favourite music while cooking.
Renovating your kitchen could also renovate your social life as it will be easier to host and cater for guests with a beautiful new kitchen to work in. Your new kitchen can integrate with living areas and outdoor areas or can incorporate seating within the kitchen area, so guests become involved with meal preparation. A kitchen renovation will add to the value of your home, but Jag can testify that a kitchen is about more than real estate; it’s central to shared times enjoyed with friends and family.