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moretea Sun 05-Mar-17 20:57:55

Just that really. I need to renovate but not really sure what to consider. I know I need as much storage as possible and a dishwasher but not sure about materials or what's available in terms of magical touches to make life easier and the kitchen more exciting. Just read on here about Appliance Garages, liking the idea of hiding everything away but still being accessible whilst avoiding built-ins. Please inspire me.

SquidgeyMidgey Sun 05-Mar-17 21:46:36

No idea what they're called but the built-in, pull-out basket/rack things are brilliant (but expensive).

Make sure your dishwasher has useful cycles including a quick/1 hour cycle to save a 3 hour wait...

RandomMess Sun 05-Mar-17 22:08:04

Pull out drawers hold so much more than cupboards and give amazing access.

The ones like pan drawers or narrow pull out larders - I've got them instead of wall cupboards which makes the space feel much bigger without compromising on storage space. Corner cupboards - don't bother with the fancy things in them, just use them to store the thing you don't use much at the back.

The more storage you have the more cr*p you keep...

Induction hob is amazing and doubles up as somewhere to put hot things straight out the oven. Hob top kettle boils as quick as an electric fast boil and saves on taking up work top space.

fabulousathome Sun 05-Mar-17 23:13:44

I have two identical ovens, side by side, with drawer underneath each to make them the perfect height for me. So useful.

HappyHippyChick Sun 05-Mar-17 23:17:33

I love my pull out double bin (waste and recycling). Also we got one pullout cutlery drawer in one of our pan drawers, but no other drawers as I tend to fill them with crap!

ExplodedCloud Sun 05-Mar-17 23:23:30

Pan drawers.
We have sparkly glass splash backs. They make me smile.
LED lighting

twilightcafe Sun 05-Mar-17 23:25:07

My cooking. grin

PickAChew Sun 05-Mar-17 23:25:24

The cheap vinyl tiled floor that DH has just laid. It's actually lovely to look at and walk on!

minnymoobear Sun 05-Mar-17 23:29:14

Oooh I'm doing our kitchen at the moment and having design finalised this week and looking forward to having:
Lots of drawers rather than cupboards with drawers
Pull out unit for appliances like toaster, etc
Insinkerator water tap 😀 Yaay!!

Tartyflette Sun 05-Mar-17 23:30:59

Only me, I'm afraid.
would love a fabulous kitchen to match

xyzandabc Sun 05-Mar-17 23:32:03

We did our kitchen about 18 months ago.
Big 90cm pan drawers. We don't have any cupboards at all (apart from under the sink) under counter height, love drawers!
Big glass splashbacks with lights above
USB sockets built in to 2 of the plug sockets for phone/tablet charging
4 x floor to ceiling larder cupboards. We havent even managed to fill them yet, there is so much storage space!

ohidoliketobe Sun 05-Mar-17 23:32:50

We have a full height corner cupboard which is a mini utility room. Has my freestanding washer and drier (stacked), Hoover, steam mop, broom etc all hidden away behind one door. I bloody love it. Moving house and when we get a new kitchen at our next house it's the first thing I'm going to ask the kitchen planner to include

winkywinkola Sun 05-Mar-17 23:35:41

My dream list

Deep soft close drawers rather than cupboards.

Underfloor heating.

Big cupboard for various bins.

Walk in utility room off kitchen.

Boiling water tap.

Good under unit lighting.

Integral music system.

Inbuilt ovens.

Floor to ceiling units so not dust can catch between top of unit and ceiling.

Biggest fridge possible.

winkywinkola Sun 05-Mar-17 23:35:59

Pinterest is great for ideas.

DeeCrepid Sun 05-Mar-17 23:36:22

Quooker
Brilliant!

user1488756360 Sun 05-Mar-17 23:37:11

I wouldn't recommend an Insinkerator hot tap. Our new kitchen is 3 years old and the hot water tap has been nothing but bother. First it kept dripping boiling water so the tap had to be replaced now the hot water tank has leaked and will cost £300 to replace. Apparently the hot water tanks are only lasting on average 3 years before their seals erode. Now we are stuck with a broke tap otherwise if we removed it we would be left with a big hole in our worktop and are just using a normal kettle now!

CointreauVersial Sun 05-Mar-17 23:40:36

Pan drawers
Granite worktop, upstands and splashbacks
Big American-style fridge freezer with icemaker.
Induction hob

garlicandsapphire Sun 05-Mar-17 23:40:56

Pan drawers, pull out larder, built in recycling bins, double Britannia range oven, combi microwave/oven, stone work surface, slate floor with underfloor heating.

Hopethisoneisnottaken Sun 05-Mar-17 23:45:01

we have glass splashback all around in between top and bottom cupboards and it is a big help when it comes to cleaning... similarly glossy cupboard surfaces also make cleaning easy.

built in microwave to free up some work surface.

soft close cupboard doors... these days they come as standard with most kitchens and you really appreciate them when u hear say a kitchen cupboard door bang shut at work.

ArriettyClock1 Sun 05-Mar-17 23:47:15

Massively wide drawers - really don't know how we coped without them.

Soft closers.

Loads of storage so nothing, apart from the kettle, is on worktops - I hate stuff 'out'.

Really big butler sink. Our last kitchen design we had a tiny round sink as we thought that was all we would need with a dishwasher. You still need a decent sink.

Island with seating.

Big range - we love it.

USB sockets. I also had a special cupboard made with sockets just for use as a charging station - it never gets used.

American style fridge freezer with water and ice dispenser.

Finally, I got massive samples of the flooring from Amtico and encouraged the dog to walk over them with wet feet. I chose the one that showed the paw prints the least and it's fantastic!

ChishandFips33 Sun 05-Mar-17 23:53:16

UFH
Pantry
Dishwasher
More storage than I need
Small appliances stored out of sight

buckeejit Mon 06-Mar-17 00:06:08

Ooh, interesting. I'm waiting to see if they can knock through our kitchen diner but a simple bench instead of chairs has made cleaning up round the table after dc much easier

elfofftheshelf Mon 06-Mar-17 09:00:07

-Quooker boiling water tap
-Aga
-Drawers instead of cupboards - as others have said, they are much easier to use and keep tidy than cupboards
-6 seater kitchen table
- my desk in the corner
- french doors to garden
All in all it's my dream kitchen.

mrsBeverleygoldberg Mon 06-Mar-17 09:09:54

Room for a table. I can sit and talk to dh while cooking dinner.

GrassWillBeGreener Mon 06-Mar-17 09:11:42

We have a pantry which I love. The rest of the kitchen at present - well the least said the better!

Separate grill not grill-in-top-of-oven is high on my wish list.

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