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Renovation Kitchen?, Here Its Tips

A main private and business inside draftsman, George Livissianis has made the insides of some of Sydney’s most renowned worldwide restaurants, including The Apollo, Longrain and, most as of late, the tremendously praised Cho San in Potts Point.

Livissianis knows some things about outlining dazzling insides that don’t bargain on usefulness, and with regards to kitchens, there is no space for mistake.

“I think everyone values the kitchen space,” Livissianis says. “It’s a standout amongst the most exceedingly respected things when somebody’s taking a gander at a house to purchase, and in the event that it’s not, then you are exceptionally mindful that will be one of the primary things you do – ‘I’m going to redesign the kitchen and lavatory’.”

Whether the kitchen is the heart of your home, or you are putting aproperty up for sale or as a rental property, nothing screams ‘deal breaker’ quite like a tired old kitchen.

Here are Livissianis’ top kitchen renovation tips.

# The quick kitchen renovation

If a complete overhaul is out of the question, here are some quick kitchen renovation ideas that will immediately lift the space and add value, according to Livissianis.

  • Upgrade appliances – a sparkling new cooktop, dishwasher, toaster or fridge not only looks fantastic but will be a pleasure to use. If it’s for a rental property you can claim depreciation on permanent fixtures.
  • Replace benchtops – if the kitchen joinery is in reasonable condition, replace the benchtops. They are one of the most visible and most used features of any kitchen and offer the opportunity to make a design statement. Livissianis favours textured natural materials like white granite.
  • Replace joinery and lighting – consider replacing the cupboard doors and drawer fronts for an immediate visual lift. Updated lighting will modernise the kitchen and can be used as a design feature. Joinery that is in decent condition may benefit from a fresh paint job, but Livissianis recommends replacing worn or damaged joinery rather than re-covering or painting.

# Optimise your kitchen layout

It’s all about having a comfortable amount of space in the right places: “You learn a few things from doing commercial kitchens,” says Livissianis. “You need a set-down space on either side of the cooking area and you need ample preparation space. You can water that down into a functional residential kitchen.

“Make sure there is nice flow – if you’re chopping up vegetables then the bin should be close by and you should be close to the sink so you can wash them. When you open up the dishwasher, you don’t want to close off half of the kitchen and have to step over it.”

The kitchen’s aesthetic and floorplan will be dictated by where it’s located and the size of your home. “If it’s on show versus being tucked around a corner, that starts to direct how you design your kitchen,” Livissianis explains.

“If you’ve got a generous-sized three-bedroom apartment, then you don’t necessarily want to be viewing the kitchen from the living space it’s big enough to have the kitchen as a separate room. But in a studio apartment you are forced to integrate the kitchen as a part of the living area.”

# Consider an island bench

Though designing an industrial kitchen often centres upon the head chef’s cooking requirements and the type of food being prepared, Livissianis has found an island bench is a key design inclusion.

“The kitchens I feel work better are the ones where you have a formal cooking line and an island in the middle. They’ve got a circular rhythm to them – working around that central island table.

“I think an island is a nice thing to gravitate to and depending on how it’s detailed, it can look less like a kitchen and more like a beautiful object,” Livissianis explains. “It’s a gathering spot, really. A lot of people, if they’ve got a formal dining room, choose to eat day-to-day in the kitchen, rather than in a separate space.”

# Choose the right kitchen appliances

When choosing appliances you need to decide on functionality as well as quality. Livissianis has noticed a trend towards the big-name suppliers that offer longer-term guarantees and follow-up services. If purchasing a number of appliances at once, it is also worth considering buying all in the same brand. This way the set will match – details such as dials, railings and overall geometry will be consistent, and you may be able to obtain a discount.

# Consider your flooring options

Livissianis’ top renovation tip when it comes to kitchen flooring is consistency. “My choice in the floor is determined by the bigger concept, not the fact that it’s in the kitchen,” says Livissianis. “I’d rather see the floor flow throughout the space so it is all connected, rather than having it as a separate surface just in that zone.”

Make sure you allow at least four weeks for the renovation of your kitchen, excluding planning and design time.