The functionality of a space should always be the priority when renovating, particularly when it comes to task-based areas such as the kitchen and laundry.
That point was clear when BLOCKheads El’ise & Matt renovated their kitchen: while it was aesthetically pleasing, it wasn’t functional.
There wasn’t enough bench space to prepare food, the most-used kitchen appliances were above the washing machine in the laundry/butler’s pantry, and the island stovetop had a heavy rangehood which further crowded the space.
We learnt that before renovating a kitchen, you should ask yourself:
How much preparation bench space do you need? (Often more than you think!)
Where is the most convenient place for your sink, dishwasher and cupboards to be positioned? (Rinsing and stacking a dishwasher is a habit that means the sink and dishwasher should be neighbours! Plus unpacking the dishwasher with the cupboard close that everything lives in is just 10/10 planning!)
How many power points do you need and where should they be? Consider ALL your kitchen appliances, and where you use them. Many BLOCKheads added Clipsal power points with USB ports to their island benches to plug smart devices straight in to charge!
Will the above decisions be future-proof, or give you freedom to be adaptable? We saw Mitch and Mark changing out their Clipsal Iconic power point and switch skins because their electricians had installed Iconic grids, which means you can change the skin covers to suit your mood or the room’s current (or future) decor!