Bigger and better, that’s how Aussies like their kitchens and bathrooms.
Just to give you an idea of what people are prepared to spend on their kitchens and bathrooms, here is a quote from the HIA report: they predict that the amount spent on renovations and installations of kitchens and bathrooms will hit a record $12 billion by 2012.
But what exactly IS a better kitchen? The top-end hardware and storage solutions.
People like lazy susans – if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a circular revolving shelf installed in your cupboards to utilize the space better. Often they are installed in corner cabinets to solve the so-damn-hard-to-reach-pots problem.
Another favorite is the soft closing drawers and cabinet doors. Push them as hard as you like – there will never be a “bang”, very helpful for people with little babies or folks recovering from the night before.
Lift-up doors are very popular, because of the ease of access to the cabinets’ contents and for safety reasons – these doors you can’t walk into (well, unless you try very hard).Touch-opening doors and drawers are in demand as well – imagine cabinet doors with no handles, how cool is that!
Kitchen also includes the appliances installed with it – and people are choosing to havewine fridges, LCD/ Plasma TVs, dishwashers, water filtration systems and free-standing stoves in their kitchens.
As for the kitchen bench tops, nowadays the preferred material is granite – and stainless steel or timber become less and less popular.
Giving their bathroom a makeover, most often people replace the basins with modern-looking ones, replace the older vanity units, tap ware and tiles. Apparently semi-frameless shower screens are a hit, and there is a growing trend for multiple basins and multiple shower heads.
So, what does your dream kitchen or bathroom look like?