Types of Kitchens – part 3

Kitchen in a cupboard

For the rock bottom priced kitchen, an ‘off the peg’ countertop, available from DIY superstores, with a sink unit and open shelves above and below, will save the cost of cabinets but will be subject to grease and dust and look untidy.

There are bespoke ‘mini-kitchens’ prefabricated with various combinations, which are not cheap but worth studying for ideas. It will generally be cheaper and more desirable, but not quicker, to design a more client-specific combination instead. These can be concealed with sliding or folding doors, which could also form part of a storage wall where the depth of the cupboard is suitable for clothes-hanging space alongside.

A good example is Culshaw Bell’s Complete Kitchen. (Read more for the big reveal! 🙂

 They come with an integrated sink, taps, microwave, fridge, induction hob and granite top. Basically, everything a kitchen needs and all for $7,400 U.S. (Of course, with the right cupboard, a similar arrangement could be DIY’d.) Follow this link to Culshaw Bell for more info. 

Kitchens for the elderly

Older people who are not fully mobile and who may prefer to sit on a chair with castors while preparing and cooking meals, will need the worktops, appliances and socket outlets set at a
lower level. Cookers and refrigerators built into tall cabinets should also be positioned at a lower level and conversely dishwashers,  washing machines and dryers should be set higher above the floor to access the interiors more easily.
Base and wall cupboards without doors make the contents more accessible and a knee-hole under the sink can make washing up and vegetable preparation easier. Carousel shelves in corner cupboards and small free-standing carousel shelves on a worktop can also help.
Free-standing vegetable racks on castors can be stored under counters, and narrow wire basket shelves can be fitted to the inside of cabinet doors.
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