Designing Your New Home? Don’t Forget The Appliances!
One of the most exciting parts of buying or building a new home is designing its interior. The kitchen is typically given the most consideration and for good reason: it’s the gathering place for friends and family. When designing your kitchen, it’s important to give a great deal of thought to your appliances. Because of their expense, doing your research before you buy will pay off in the long run.
What Do You Need?
It may seem incredibly basic, but you’d be surprised at the number of new home owners that design their kitchen only to find out that they haven’t left enough room for all of the appliances that they want. Take the time to map out what appliances you will really use in your new kitchen. You’ll need the two essentials: a range and a refrigerator. Beyond the essentials, your choices are vast. From microwaves to wine coolers; from dishwashers to counter top grills, you can find dozens of appliances designed to make your life easier.
Do you want a traditional, homey kitchen or a more sleek and modern one? You can find appliances that will suit your style, no matter what that style is! Fitted or built-in appliances, as the name suggests, fit into your cabinetry, giving your kitchen a seamless look. Free-standing or portable appliances are easily moved should you decide to rearrange your kitchen in the future.
The most popular colours for appliances are by far white, black and stainless steel. No matter what colour you prefer, purchasing all of your appliances in the same colour will give your kitchen a pulled together look. Stainless steel tends to give kitchens a modern look while black and white can lend themselves to all manner of kitchen styles.
Remember that stainless steel and black appliances will cost more money than the same style in a white or bisque finish. If you trust yourself with a can of paint, home improvement stores sell special appliance paint that can transform white appliances into virtually any colour you desire. This may be an option for those wanting higher-end appliances with the not so high cost.
You can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars on appliances for your kitchen. If you choose to outfit your kitchen with the latest in appliance design, you should expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 for each appliance. If you are on a tighter budget, consider buying appliances without some of the bells and whistles or choosing the appliance that is the most important to you and splurging on that one.
For instance, if you do a lot of cooking and baking, you may want to concentrate your budget on a top-of-the-line range. If you have a large family, you may want to buy a refrigerator with several compartments, LED lighting and an in-door water and ice dispenser. Decide on a budget for your appliances and then sit down and decide which appliances are the most important to you and how you will divvy your budget among them.
When designing your new kitchen, don’t forget to consider your appliances. From colour to style to budget, there are a number of things to think about when choosing appliances for your kitchen. Do your research, shop around for the best price and you’ll soon have the kitchen of your dreams.
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