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Building or renovating a home is an exciting journey filled with endless possibilities, but it can also be daunting.
While many homeowners focus on the aesthetics and architectural aspects of their homes, two crucial factors often get overlooked in the design phase: cabinetry layouts and electrical layouts.
In this article, we'll delve into these often-neglected aspects of home design, discussing their importance, offering practical insights, and sharing a few laughs.
Cabinetry Layouts: The Functioning Heart of Your Home
When you think about your dream home, the first thing that often comes to mind is the kitchen – the heart of the house. The cabinetry in your kitchen plays a pivotal role in determining its functionality, aesthetics, and overall efficiency. Let's dive into why cabinetry layouts are vital during the design phase.
1. Functionality is Key: The kitchen is where the magic happens. It's not just a place to prepare meals; it's where families gather, conversations flow, and memories are made. Designing your cabinetry layout with functionality in mind ensures that everything you need is right where you want it.
Consider the placement of your drawers, shelves, and cupboards to maximise storage and convenience.
2. Drawers vs. Cupboards: In the eternal battle of drawers versus cupboards, drawers often come out on top. They offer easy access to your pots, pans, and utensils, eliminating the need to rummage through cluttered closets. Distinct Building Company recommends integrating deep, wide drawers into your cabinetry for optimal storage and organisation.
But bear in mind that drawers will be over double the cost in most cases than standard cupboards. So be mindful of the budget also.
3. Appliance Placement: The placement of your kitchen appliances within the cabinetry is another critical consideration. Think about where your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, and microwave should be.
A well-thought-out design ensures that your kitchen workflow is seamless.
Will these items be integrated semi-integrated or just recessed into the cabinets?
4. Aesthetic Appeal: While functionality is essential, aesthetics should not be compromised. Your cabinetry should complement the overall design of your home. Distinct Building Company can help you balance functionality, style, and budget all in one go.
While 2 Pac painted kitchens with shaker-style doors are on top of most people’s lists for must-haves, they are not always aware of the cost difference of all the different cabinetry colours, materials, an profiles; make sure you chat to your builder about these aspects when designing your home so you get an understanding of costs.
When it comes to cabinetry layouts, Distinct Building Company has a wealth of experience. They understand that every home is unique and can tailor the cabinetry to suit your needs and preferences.
The most important thing for functionality is to ensure you know where every item in your current kitchen will be placed in your new kitchen. Will it be a cupboard or a drawer?
Will it go in the pantry, or will there be a purpose-built area for specific items, for example, your bellowed kettle Thermomix or toaster that you use daily?
Electrical Layouts: The Power of Good Design
Now, let's shed some light on another often-overlooked aspect of home design – the electrical layout. Electrical design goes beyond simply deciding where your outlets will be; it's about creating a seamless flow of power throughout your home. Here's why it deserves your attention:
1. Two-Way Switches: Have you ever fumbled around in the dark trying to find a light switch? Two-way switches, often ignored, can make your life easier. These switches allow you to control the same light from two different locations. Imagine being able to turn off the hallway light from both ends – it's a game-changer for convenience and flow in your home.
2. Dimmer Switches: Mood lighting is a real thing! Consider whether you want dimmer switches for certain lights. They allow you to set the ambience and save energy by reducing brightness when it's not needed. Ask your building designer or us at Distinct to help you determine which lights should be on dimmers for that perfect lighting control. Or consider which areas of your home you may need a lighter light or a moody space.
3. Switch Placement: Think about the placement of your switches. It's not just about where they are but also what they control. Carefully plan which lights are connected to each switch. You don't want to be switching on the kitchen lights when you meant to light up the living room.
4. Energy Efficiency: An efficient electrical layout can contribute to energy savings. Your designer or selected lighting supplier can advise on energy-efficient lighting options and smart home solutions to make your life easier and reduce your carbon footprint.
5. Safety First: Electrical design is not just about convenience but also safety. Properly placed switches and outlets can prevent accidents and ensure your home is a haven for your family.
At Distinct, we try to make it very clear how important this electrical overlay is at the design stage, as once the electrician has done his first fix, it can be hard to add things later not to mention more costly to you as the homeowner.
When building or renovating your home in Perth, Western Australia, it's easy to get swept away by the grandeur of architectural designs the allure of interiors and all the tapware fixtures and fittings.
However, as we've explored in this article, paying attention to the often-overlooked aspects of cabinetry layouts and electrical layouts is crucial for creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing home. That you want to live in forever.
So, when planning a New Build or Home Extension in Perth, remember don't underestimate the power of well-designed cabinetry and electrical layouts – they're the unsung heroes of your dream home!
If you have any questions or want to get started on your journey of building, please feel free to reach out to Distinct Building Company for more information on our process and how we work.
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