Types of kitchens – part 2

The luxury kitchen

At the top of the market, the kitchen becomes a status symbol which can cost anything, equipped perhaps with a range cooker, larger and more expensive than a Mercedes-Benz SLK car.

This type of kitchen may have vast refrigerators and ice machines from the USA, fan refrigerators which are better at circulating air, wine coolers, and even a separate cold room reminiscent of the north-facing larders of old country houses. According to unclutterer, this phenomenon has largely been inspired by celebrity TV chefs who have renewed an interest in cooking from good raw materials. The rich, who like to cook, want a great room to do it in which will not only look good, but be a show place for the latest gadgets such as steam ovens, cappuccino machines, glass-covered plasma screen televisions and stainless steel-lined copper pans. These will be set in a decor of hardwearing, expensive finishes such as limestone floors and oak kitchen cabinets and granite or composite stone worktops. These kitchens have costly countertops so it’s essential to maintain them, and every once in a while a countertop repair is done to fix any damages. If this is the kind of kitchen you’re going for, you can get the best results if you hire kitchen remodeling contractors.

Kitchens for flats

Kitchens in flats differ from kitchens in houses in that they may not be on the ground floor. Waste disposal should be made easy, possibly with refuse chutes.

Care should be taken to provide good sound insulation, particularly if they are positioned next to bedrooms (including neighbors) as machines can vibrate and be noisy, read how insulation works here. If the kitchen is to be installed in an old building with suspended timber floors, then provision must be taken to waterproof the floor against accidental leaks from appliances. The dangers might also come in the form of a boiler explosion, in which case, you must have a Boiler Cover. You may also further seek help from a heating company like the ones on https://macvik.com/heating/boiler/.

Inevitably, flat kitchens may have to accommodate laundry machines as space may be limited elsewhere but, if at all possible, try to locate these machines in or near the bathroom or bedrooms. First, check the laminated floor for any damage, you can search ‘how to fix laminate floor water damage‘ and keep your flooring safe. Where a condensing dryer is installed in a kitchen, then an additional extractor fan over the dryer and behind the backsplash may be needed to deal with the resulting condensation.

Small, low-cost kitchens

Where space is at a premium, the choice of appliances must be considered first. A hob with a single oven built in underneath the counter will take up less room than a double  oven built into a tall cabinet with a separate hob, be sure to get the best Resin Flooring Installers. Fridge/freezers come in many combinations so that the ratio of refrigerator to freezer can be to choice, possibly with a freezer situated elsewhere. If you encounter issues with your freezer, have it inspected or fixed by sub zero freezer repair services.

For the really small kitchen, the narrow under-counter refrigerator with integral icebox is one choice and, for the bedsitting room there are mini iceboxes which can sit on the counter, large enough to contain a little milk, butter and cheese.

Busy people may not want an oven at all, and will be satisfied with a versatile combination microwave, perhaps augmented by an electric frying pan, jug kettle and toaster. The disadvantage of such a solution is that it may devalue the property for future owners.

Avoid sinks without drainers. Even the smallest draining area will help to contain water puddles on the worktop. Wall-hung wire plate racks, fixed above the sink or drainer, can increase the draining area without extending the worktop. Where there is space for a dishwasher, narrow models are available

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