Kitchen Planning 101 for Hong Kong and Singapore Homes

Planning a kitchen can be an exciting task, but it can also be overwhelming if you're unsure where to start. Whether you're looking to refresh your current space or start from scratch, there are a few important steps to consider. In this guide, we'll break down the process for you, from creating a wish list to planning the lighting.

Creating Your Wish List

Start by assessing your current kitchen in Hong Kong or Singapore and identifying what you like and dislike about it. Take inspiration from various sources, such as other people's kitchens, magazines, and online platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, which showcase kitchen designs in both cities. Save ideas that resonate with you and create a mood board to help you curate a wish list for your new kitchen. Make sure to also note your non-negotiables, things you absolutely do not want to compromise on. These lists will be helpful when making decisions and working with builders and designers.

Setting a Budget and Researching Prices 

It's crucial to establish a budget early on in the planning process for your kitchen. This will help you determine what is achievable for your new kitchen. Research prices to get an idea of what your budget allows for, considering all costs including installation, plumbing, electrics, and decorating. Set aside an additional 10% of your budget for unforeseen expenses. Take the time to explore different appliances such as Siemens, Bosch, Gaggenau, Liebherr, and kitchen fittings such as Dornbracht, Grohe, Blanco on EuroHomeDirect with your designers, see what we can offer in Hong Kong and Singapore within your budget. There are various options, from modular design packages to bespoke kitchens tailored to your specific needs. Request initial quotes and communicate your ideas and non-negotiables with us to help you optimize your budget.

Planning the Layout 

The available space will influence the layout options for your kitchen in Hong Kong or Singapore. Common layouts include galley, U-shaped, L-shaped, single-wall, or open-plan with an island. Ensure there is at least 120cm between parallel kitchen units before considering a central island. This measurement will impact the positioning of plumbing and electrics. Consider the layout that best suits your needs and the flow of your kitchen.

Choosing Appliances 

Once you have a basic layout in mind for your kitchen, think about the appliances you want and need. Consider your specific preferences and requirements. Siemens is a renowned and trusted appliances brand in Hong Kong and Singapore, offering state-of-the-art technologies and designs that perfectly cater to every kitchen requirement.  For example, avid bakers may want multifunctional steam ovens, while keen cooks may prioritize induction hobs. Hosts might desire a dedicated wine cooler or fridge-freezer. Don't forget about ventilation and consider upgrading your extraction system during the redesign. Think about future-proofing your kitchen with smart connected appliances. Decide if you want your appliances on display or integrated into the cabinetry. Aim to optimize your kitchen by following the working triangle principle, which ensures a short walk between the sink, refrigeration, and cooking areas.

Selecting Cabinetry 

The cabinetry you choose will depend on your style preferences, space, and budget for your kitchen. Flatpack kitchens are the most affordable option and can be customized to elevate the final look. Modular kitchens offer flexibility, allowing you to select cabinet styles that suit your space. Bespoke kitchens provide endless possibilities and can be tailored to your specific needs. Regardless of the option you choose, ensure you have enough storage to keep your kitchen organized in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Consider different storage solutions, such as Le Mans trays, cutlery organizers, and pull-out spice racks. EuroHomeDirect carries Cesar Kitchens, a premium Italian brand renowned for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship. With a wide range of styles and designs, Cesar Kitchens is the perfect choice for kitchens in Hong Kong and Singapore. From modern and contemporary to traditional and timeless, Cesar Kitchen offers exquisite options to suit every kitchen aesthetic.

Deciding on Worktops 

There is a wide range of worktop materials available for your kitchen, from low-budget laminates to luxurious cuts of marble. Engineered worktops like quartz offer a practical middle ground, providing a similar look to marble or granite without the high maintenance. Before making a decision, view samples alongside your chosen cabinetry to ensure a cohesive look. Hiring a professional for installation is usually cost-effective. Consider adding an upstand or extending the worktop up the walls to protect them from food splashes. Alternatively, add a touch of pattern or color with tiles.

Factoring in Lighting 

Lighting is a crucial aspect of kitchen planning that should not be overlooked. Take the time to identify key working areas and ensure they are well-lit. Dimmable lights under wall cabinets or shelves provide shadow-free light for food preparation. Pendant lights over the island offer both task lighting and a decorative touch. Install a dimmer switch for the pendant lights to adjust the brightness for different activities. Consider having separate circuits for different types of lighting to maximize flexibility. For larger kitchens, additional circuits may be necessary. We hope this guide has motivated and prepared you to embark on your kitchen planning journey. By following these steps, you can create a functional and stylish kitchen that meets your needs and preferences

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