3 Key Factors to Unlock your Dream Kitchen


Practicality is key in kitchen design. A well-lit, well-ventilated kitchen with sufficient storage and preparation space would not only make your dream kitchen the perfect place for cooking but also a great environment for your family. The following are 3 factors which will aid you in achieving your dream kitchen:

 

 1.Type of Kitchen Concept 

How frequently do you cook and what type of cuisine do you usually whip up for your loved ones? What kind of kitchen appliances do you use? These are questions that you should ponder before choosing the kitchen concept that is suitable for you and your loved ones.

Open-Concept Kitchen

In an open-concept kitchen, walls are broken down so that the kitchen is able to flow seamlessly to the living room.

Pros:

  •  Infuse more space, light, and fluidity in both the kitchen and the living room
  •  Increase interaction with the owner and guest while preparing food

Close-Concept Kitchen

In a close concept kitchen, access is limited to doorways. A private, walled-off area is created.

Pros:  

  • Whatever happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen. The clutter, the odor, and the grease could all be contained within the kitchen while cooking.
  • An additional wall would mean extra storage area and working area within the kitchen

Semi-Open Kitchen

To marry the advantages of both types of kitchen, a semi-open or dry & wet kitchen concept emerged. With the semi-open kitchen concept, you get to entertain your guests as well as the illusion of a bigger space without the grease and smell.

A simple kitchen-passed through a glass window or a sliding glass door can transform your kitchen into a semi-open kitchen.

2.Type of Kitchen Layout

L-Shaped Kitchen

Corridor Kitchen

L-shaped Kitchen With Island

The layout of the kitchen is very much restricted to the shape and space allocation of the kitchen. Nevertheless, with the strategic arrangement of appliances and the allocation of wet and dry area, the working triangle could be applied to all types of kitchen layout.

3.Type of Materials

 

Common materials used in kitchen renovationProsConsCommonly used for:
Tiles
  • Easily Replaceable
  • Unlimited Style and Design options-  Can be as simple as subway tiles or you can go quirky with texture or pattern tiles
  • Grout lines between tiles make it hard for cleaning 
  • Tips: Opt for bigger tiles to have a relatively lesser surface for grout lines
 

Backsplash/Backing

Flooring

 

 

Tempered Glass
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Heat and Impact Resistant
  • Seamless with no Grout Lines
  • Clean and Modern Look
  • Easily stained from evaporated water drops or spatter
  • Gradually becomes less scratch resistance

Backing

Quartz

(SileStone)

  • Durable
  • Stain-Resistant & Scratch-Resistant
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Wide variety of colors and design (from marble-like to even granite-like)
  • Warranty: 25 years
  • Not advisable to put hot objects directly on top of quartz. Resin used is susceptible to scorching
  • Resin is prone to UV rays, causing white quartz to turn yellow (But it will fade uniformly)

Backsplash/Backing

Counter Top

Kompacplus
  • Resistant to micro-organism (non-porous)
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Low flammability
  • Water-Proof
  • Wide variety of woody grain tones
  • Warranty: 10 years
  •  Limited Heat Resistant (180 degrees)
  •  Limited colors and design (aside from woody grain tones)
 

Backsplash/Backing

Counter Top

Granite (Sensa)
  • Heat-Resistance
  • Natural looking
  • Unique Grain Patterns
  • Warranty: 10 years
  • Limited Choices
  • Prices are usually higher than other materials

Backsplash/Backing

Counter Top

*The pros and cons of Quartz and Granite is based on Silestone’s and Sensa’s properties.

 

Other Common Questions:
  • Can I fit in a kitchen island?
  • Should I use a full height backsplash or a 4-inch backsplash?
  • Does the kitchen design flow with the theme of the house?
  • How do I make a semi-open concept kitchen work with the layout of my kitchen?
  • How do I make my kitchen and living area look bigger?

 

It is indeed difficult to make such tough yet important decisions on your own! Feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of renovating your house/kitchen? Click here to make an appointment with our interior designers so we can discuss how to materialise the ideals of your dream kitchen/home given the unique space and layout of your house without compromising on functionality.