I *may* have mentioned the extension we have in the planning. Planning being the operative word. One thing MR Tammy and I are agreed upon, is we want it done right. Obvs. That does however mean, if we are to spend what feels like a lifetime on the planning stage then so be it. You see my research tells me that planning is key, all recommendation are to have everything you want planned and sorted before the build starts as that way you won’t be pushed to make decisions as and when required.
So with that in mind we are planning all aspects of the build and one of my favourites being the kitchen. You can get some amazing mod cons for your kitchen so I have complied a few of my favourite must have kitchen appliances and accessories, that will not only improve your kitchen but make life easier to. #goals.
1. The built in, self cleaning oven.
This is high on the list. We currently have a huge range cooker, that was here when we moved in. I don’t dislike it but I would definetly trade it for an over I don’t have bend down to. One built into the cabinets for ease of access and to keep little hands safe and off the glass. What’s more you can now buy these to be self cleaning. The ovens high temperatures can blast away grease and spillage requiring you only to wipe clean. Thank you to whoever invented this. Whilst I am talking cooking, an induction hob is also an essential. Having had one before I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Quick heating times and wipe clean surface, none this removing gas rings malarky.
2. The boiling tap
My auntie has one of these, to think of it she has the self clean oven too. Anyway I digress. This is a very nifty mod con that will the end of your kettle and de-cluttering your surface area. This tap allows you to pour boiling water straight from the tap. Temperatures are often 99 degrees but I do believe some taps now allow for water to be poured at 100 degrees. These taps also allow for cold filtered water should it be so required. I think this is a genius invention that will certainly be in our new kitchen. Sites such as tapwarehouse.com offer a wide range of boiling and filtered taps for a range of budgets.
3. LED Lighting
Perhaps not as novel and the boiling tap however just as essential. We have LED lighting in our current kitchen and I wouldn’t be without it. It brightens what is a dark room ten fold. The whole point of our extension is open up and brighten the space. We intend to have bifold doors all across the width of the build and a large roof window, complete with LED lighting around the sides. To maximise the brightness of the room we are also going to opt for lighting under the cabinets, in the draws and potentially up stands for the kitchen worktops. First Lighting have an excellent range of LED lights for this very purpose. What’s more is LED lights are designed to last for upward of 4 years so you certainly get your moneys worth.
4. The wine fridge
Why this is all the way down at number 4 I don’t know, it is just as essential as running water. I have long dreamed of a kitchen with a built in wine fridge. I don’t know why, I know it is not technically an essential however, they look good, they serve a purpose and they free up room in the fridge. It’s also a good way to make sure you never run out.
5. The built in larder
Not wanting to loose my cupboard of crap under the stairs that hides all the rubbish and homes the vacuum it was suggested to us that we may opt for a built in corner larder, mini pantry if you will. Another auntie of mine also has one of these and they’re great. It frees up cabinets and allows your to store all your food stuff in one place, so you can always see what you have at once. It is also another excellent method of storage to help keep clutter and crap to a minimum.
6. Food Waste Disposer
Yep, long have I wanted one of these too. It fits under and you literally chuck all your wasted food into it. It then grinds it up and breaks it down so small that it can be disposed of via your via your standard kitchen drain or sewage pipe. It is an environmentally responsible way of disposing of left over food and stops you having a stinking bin or worrying about maggots in your ‘black bin’ outside. Like I said, making life easier.
7. Hidden storage
I don’t know about you but despite my best efforts my worktops always seem covered with crap, some things that just have to be there. Microwaves, toasters, kettles (although not for much longer), coffee machines, knives. In the new kitchen I have my sights set on cabinets that cover these items but are still easy to reach. You haven’t then lost the items you need but equally you can store them away and help maintain that decluttered tidy look.
What about you? Have you got any must have kitchen accessories or appliances? I ‘d love to hear from you.