Kitchen area renovation disasters and how to stay away from them

Kitchen area renovation disasters and how to stay away from them

*This write-up initially appeared in our latest digital journal

Actual-daily life tales about kitchen area wins and disasters are the very best place to discover out if an plan functions well.

For this article, we are content to group up with Renovating Moms (Cape City and Joburg) – a Facebook group of gals with a membership of additional than 65 000, complete of helpful suggestions, ideas and suggestions.

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Here are some dos and don’ts from mothers who have attempted and tested them.

Washing things

Will you have a independent scullery-cum-laundry? If you do, have the dishwasher in the kitchen or you’ll be carrying dirty dishes and crockery into the scullery and then thoroughly clean dishes back into the kitchen area, says one particular mother. It’s substantially simpler to pack and unpack if the dishwasher is in close proximity to the crockery cupboard.

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A wall-mounted drying rack previously mentioned the sink in the scullery can accommodate bigger dishes that really don’t fit into the dishwasher. If you have both a washing equipment and a tumble dryer, the dryer can be mounted on the wall earlier mentioned the washing machine, conserving flooring room.

Prep Bowls

Is it needed to have a prep bowl in the kitchen if you have a scullery? There were being blended thoughts on this one particular, but having a single gained out. Nonetheless, do ensure you have a very hot as perfectly as a cold tap.

“The plumber who stated I necessary only a chilly faucet on the prep bowl naturally did not do the cooking in his dwelling,” reported a single mother. Yet another mom suggests if both of those the most important sinks are comprehensive of dirty dishes, a prep bowl can be “invaluable” and if your major sinks are in a separate scullery, a prep bowl in the kitchen area “proper” saves a lot of going for walks.

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For individuals who never have a lot counter space, area a glass cutting board on prime of a prep bowl and voila! extra area.


Just one mom says it is a great thought to have a totally free-standing fridge somewhat than a single tucked absent surrounded by cupboards. Should you obtain a more substantial fridge at some position, it will not fit in the gap.


What kind of oven are you seeking? Many persons swear by eye-amount ovens, rather than an beneath-hob variation which demands bending just about every time you want to check out on the progress of the roast or cake.

If you’re likely to have a gas hob, determine out in which you’re heading to place the gas cylinder. There are compliance policies about this, so check with the installer.

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And whatsoever you do, say, two moms, do not go for stoves and ovens with touch shows, especially not 1 with a hob earlier mentioned. “I am consistently inadvertently creating the oven beep, and at the time even turning it on, while I stand and use the hob. Biggest ache at any time. I loathe it.”

An additional mother agrees: “We had 1 and would usually use the countertop to fall groceries on when coming home – and a couple of times the hob would convert on and melt the luggage ahead of I found.” Make a constructed-in market for the microwave which means it doesn’t choose up counter house.


Do you have home for a pantry or at minimum a good-sized pantry cupboard? If you go for a pantry cabinet, make confident it has a light-weight. You are going to require loads of storage – a lot more than you think.


The very same goes for plug factors. You want loads. “There is a new existence-changing electrical equipment just about every year which you’ll have to plugin.” A further mom suggests: “You get plug factors with two-stage plugs in them. I am going to modify some of mine as most appliances occur with two-issue plugs. Also, plugs with USB charger details. Everyday living changer.”


Will, you have an island? “We’ve got a large island and got rid of our dining table which was the ideal decision. The dining area was a wasted house as we in no way utilized it. These days we sit as a loved ones at the island,” mentioned an on-development mom. A further suggested additional cupboards below the island.

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“I would endorse – if you can – putting cabinets underneath the island on the ‘outside’ – the aspect that you usually have the seating. “Your island certainly desires to be deep sufficient and the overhang far enough to accommodate this, but it is excellent for additional storage for all the random matters that one does not use each day – tablecloths, excess eyeglasses, wine decanters, fancy cutlery, and so forth etcetera. It does not detract from the glance of the island at all, so it is basically bonus area.”

Will you have room for an equipment cupboard? These make it possible for you to set absent matters like the toaster and food items mixer so they are not occupying important counter space. Or you could develop, as 1 mother indicates, “a waist-high shelf in the pantry for all appliances with plug points so you can use them immediately and not have to climb a ladder, drop a lid or vacation above your feet”.


Strategy wherever the dustbin and recycling bin will go.


Do open cabinets get the job done far better than storage cabinets? The moms are very doubtful. States 1: “Open shelving is a layout feature, not a storage resolution. You are going to locate you have dust all over the place.”

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Claims yet another: “Open shelving is excellent for vegetation and recipe textbooks and glass storage containers, but they require consistent styling, and cleaning, and they are much more tro
uble than they’re truly worth. If you are thinking of open shelving, take your cupboard doorways off for a couple months and see how that performs for you just before you commit.”

Storage and cabinetry

Cabinet units ought to go all the way to the flooring or you will shell out your life cleansing less than them, claims one particular mother. And just take them ideal up to the ceiling also, or you will close with dust and unpleasant litter on leading of them. Huge pot drawers are the storage resolution for all the things you retain underneath counter height. Obviously, they are excellent for pots, but also for Tupperware and other plastic containers, as nicely as a casserole and other cooking and serving dishes.

Another mom implies a drawer for spices. She advises you consider the top of items you have to retail outlet in cupboards. Occasionally two shelves are much better than a few for tall merchandise like vases and olive oil, material softener and so forth. Prevent corner cupboards, until they are tall, wander-in types.

Or, as one mom suggests, “Corner cupboards are in which factors go to die.” And think carefully about your countertops. 1 mom reported: “Wish I hadn’t put in black countertops. Indeed, we have been at the conclude of our finances and I did not treatment as well a great deal about the color as prolonged as it was granite… But it’s challenging to tell how cleanse they are (and to place any lurking ants).”

• Discover renovating mothers on Fb in Cape Town in this article and in Joburg here