To borrow a well-known catchphrase from a very popular TV series on air at the moment: winter is coming. If you are planning a DIY flatpack kitchen reno or new installation soon, it is a great idea to think about how to stay warm this winter in that space.
No-one wants to hang out in a cold kitchen, but it is easy to overlook aspects and ideas about what makes a warm kitchen as you deliberate over the nuts and bolts questions such as cabinetry, power points, shelving, appliances, splashbacks and lighting.
However, a far more researched, helpful and intelligent approach is to incorporate all aspects of how to stay warm this winter in your new or renovated kitchen from the very start of your planning stages. Think about these:
- What kind of light do the windows let in during colder months and is it enough to avoid your kitchen being dark, gloomy and cold?
- Would adding skylights help bring in more light and warmth?
- Is your flooring going to be cold underfoot? If you choose tiles, for example, remember that you might want to add rugs later on to give the space colour and texture and provide softness underfoot.
- What sort of heating do you want and what is most cost-effective for the space? For example, you are going to need far less heating if your kitchen is a galley shape in an apartment. Remember, though, that there is a huge range of heating available from split system air-conditioning to flued gas heaters or radiators which can warm up a large area fast. It is a very good idea to research this thoroughly before making y our final decision.
- Is it easy to close off the kitchen with doors or is it part of open-plan living and how does this impact on keeping the whole area warm?
You can see how easy it could be to skip over some of these important points while configuring the size of the area for your new fridge or measuring the space required for that snazzy breakfast island or double kitchen sink.
Here are other aspects to consider:
- Will your DIY flatpack kitchen be airtight? In other words, remember to ensure that you get rid of any gaps in the walls, doors, ceiling and windows so that cold air stays out and warm air stays in.
- What about insulation? Will some walls and ceilings in your kitchen need this? And are you interested in making this a part of the project as a whole or do you want to outsource it? Whatever your decision, when the insulation is done will be central to your planning.
If you are inspired to create your own DIY flatpack kitchen which will be a joy to spend time in over winter and want to know how it’s done by the experts, read more at smartpack.com.au.