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How your appliances are shaping kitchen design - Part 2

In part 1 of this two part article we looked at how appliances are shaping the way kitchens look and feel. At Gary Fullwood Designed Living we have been designing and installing amazing new kitchens for many years. During the last decade we have seen appliances change, shrink, multiply, be hidden and be elevated to full view. In part 2 of this article we look at the last few ways that appliances shape, style and create your dream kitchen.

Plumb the Dishwasher Next to the Sink

When you look at many kitchens you will notice something strange about dishwashers. Dishwashers have become an integral part of any new kitchen and yet the labour saving device seems to be plumbed in the wrong place. In many cases the dishwasher has been placed only where there is space as the appliance was not part of the design. Today, the dishwasher is part of the design and in your new kitchen it should ideally be placed under or next to your sink or washing up basin. It makes logical sense, doesn’t it?

The wow of all together

Bunching up all your appliances, stylishly of course, adds a wow factor to your kitchen. Once upon a time the wow came because you owned a certain appliance but today, grouping then together can look amazing. In larger kitchens especially grouping the everything from the wine cooler to washing machine close together creates something quite amazing and is often worthwhile considering.

When one oven is not enough

We all know the feeling. It’s Sunday or a special weekend and we want to cook a larger than average meal. One oven is not enough. Modern oven design allows you to create a bank of ovens, almost commercial, that can make your kitchen super practical with plenty of oven space ensuring you can cook like a pro. Banks of ovens are popular and create real wow factor and you can be assured there is just a hint of jealousy when people see your new kitchen.

The Wet Zone

Space in many kitchens is at a premium and keeping the work triangle tidy and practical is key to making your kitchen functional. Many UK kitchens house the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher. Placing these together near the sink for easy plumbing create a practical, neat and good looking wet area. Centralising your plumbing makes a lot of sense when installing you new kitchen and makes maintenance or repairs easier down the line.

Hide or Float your Extractor Fans

Extractor Fans are an important part of your kitchen and yet they often intrude, remove smooth or stylish lines or just look out of place. As leading kitchen designers Gary Fullwood Designed Living have many design ideas that hide your extractor fan or make them part of your design. Hidden extractor fans are becoming common where the walls and cabinets seem to wrap around the appliance hiding it from plain sight. For kitchens with stoves In the centre island so called “floating” extractor fans become part of the kitchen and stylish stainless steel can look very impressive in many kitchens.

These are just some of the ways appliances are shaping today’s kitchens. At Gary Fullwood Designed Living we make you appliances part of the design not an afterthought. Talk to us today about making your dream kitchen come to life.

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