WHERE TO START
First you should find an answer to a very important question: what is the reason for change? If you have one, you can start to prepare a wish list. While building your wish list think about colours, door styles, handles, drawers, glass units or feature linking units, or any other additional features you might want to add in order to give your kitchen a spectacular look with functionality. Review magazines, picture some ideas you like, draw sketches, take photos of your friends’ kitchens, look finishes for walls, and look at types of flooring. Share all of this information with your LIBER designer. It will be helpful to create your dream kitchen that reflects your taste and lifestyle.
There are wide varieties of styles and colours to consider when designing your kitchen. That is why it is important to choose a style that is right for you and fits your homes architectural style. Visiting the LIBER showroom or website will give you a better idea with how to combine style concepts.
PLANNING THE LAYOUT
Start with a list of how your family uses the kitchen. This includes the food preparation area, cooking zones, as well as eating areas. Make sure that you take into consideration your family’s current and future lifestyle.
If your family is busy, and more casual on the culinary matters, a relaxed style would probably suit. For this style, a functional layout, maximized work spaces and incorporated bright and interesting ornaments into your finished kitchen design is important.
If your family members eat at all hours of the day, or you feel that everyone who enters your home constantly passes through your kitchen, consider incorporating breakfast benches or island bars, and make sure to have more open space between the kitchen and adjoining living areas.
Taking into consideration your lifestyle and other information (for example your wish list), LIBER designers can help you to create the basic design for your new kitchen.
We will consider three different kitchen layouts:
The gallery kitchen allows easy access to everything without having to move around much. You can make use of large units in order to get the most out of your space. Think carefully about where you can place your oven and sink so thatmovement can be kept to a minimum.
The L-Shaped kitchen is excellent if you want to maximize floor space. It usually allows you enough room to have space for a table or an island. You can make the most of your space by having large corner units, for both the base and wall cabinets. This will allow you more storage space to store large items.
The U-Shaped kitchen lets you make use of three walls. You can achieve maximized storage space by making use of large corner units and wall units. It will alsocreate more counter space and allow you enough floor space to move around comfortably.
Appliances: It is good to decide on your appliances before you design your kitchen in order to provide your LIBER designer with all of the specs. You also may want to purchase your appliances before hand in order to envision the look that you are going for.
Sinks: There are so many options available now in the department of sinks. You must consider what type of sink you want in order to tie your dream kitchen together. Would you want an under-mount sink or would you prefer a sink with an apron? Do you like stainless steel or porcelain? There are many options and it is good to know what you like in order for us to help you create the feeling you are looking for.
Faucets: As with sinks, there are many faucets out on the market now. You must choose if you prefer a fixed or flexible faucet. You also have to keep in mind what material you want your faucet to be made out of. Stainless steel or copper? Nickel or oil rubbed bronze?
There are as many countertop styles to choose from as there are different cabinet door styles. Selecting the right countertop to compliment your chosen kitchen is the ideal way to finish off a highly individual look. Liber Kitchen Cabinets offers you a wide variety of countertop products made from various materials such as quartz, granite, marble, tile, solid surface, butcher block, glass, and stainless steel.
Depending on the style of your kitchen you will want to choose your countertop accordingly. If you have a traditional style kitchen you may want to lean towards a marble or granite countertop, whereas if you have a contemporary style kitchen, you may choose to have a concrete or glass countertop. The experts in our showroom will be able to provide you with the right knowledge so that you make the decision that is right for you.
AESTHETICS AND DETAILS
There are many details that you may not consider when you are thinking about designing your kitchen. We are here to help and we have the expertise to help you think about the final touches that you may want on your kitchen.
Backsplash: You have to consider what material you want your backsplash to be. You also have to think about if you want to have any inserts or patterns with your backsplash. Come and see our mosaics collection.
Wall Finishes: What colour are you goingto paint your kitchen? Are you going to paint your kitchen or do you want something textured? At Makore kitchens we have many samples that will give you an idea of different wall finishes. This will help you to envision your future kitchen with the different options that are available to you.
Types of Flooring: In a kitchen you will want something that is easy to clean but still looks good and is durable. There are so many types of flooring to consider when building your dream kitchen. Are you going to have hardwood or stone? What colours are you considering? How durable is the flooring that you have chosen? Feel free to ask us any of these questions or any others that you may have about flooring. We have a very large selection of flooring available for you to choose from.
Custom Hood Fans: A hood fan can be the focal point in your kitchen. There is an infinite amount of possibilities when considering this detail. You could consider a hood fan that looks like a part of your cabinetry or a separate entity all of its own.
Lighting: …chandelier, pendant, flush mounted, wall mounted – what is the right choice for your dream kitchen?