Written by Shania O’Brien, Daily Mail Australia
05:06 02 August 2023, 06:08 02 August 2023 Updated
- Sydney native Georgina Wilson has over 20 years’ experience in residential design.
- Architect recently shared top tips for kitchen renovation
An architect has named the worst mistakes homeowners make when renovating their kitchens.
Georgina Wilson, from Sydney, has over 20 years experience in residential design and has seen many clients make choices that have to be modified during future renovations.
Australia’s top architect has advised against following outdated layout trends, placing pendant lights above the kitchen island and buying the “wrong” kind of dishwasher.
Georgina also wants homeowners to prioritize drawers over cupboards and avoid installing a sink or countertop in the kitchen island.
1. Don’t limit yourself to “outdated” kitchen designs
Georgina has often seen families fall victim to the kitchen work triangle, which was first introduced in the 1940s.
The idea is that having the sink, refrigerator, and stove nearby reduces unnecessary steps and makes the kitchen easier to use and more efficient.
However, there are some exceptions to this rule, and modern homes are not designed to support that layout.
Instead, Georgina encouraged people to focus on the following triangle: “Trash bin, sink and dishwasher” to make your time in the kitchen more seamless.
2. Do not place pendant lights above the kitchen island.
The architect argued that hanging pendant lights over the kitchen island, where meals are usually served, was an aesthetic mistake.
“It’s like a warming station,” says Georgina.
3. Don’t buy a “regular” dishwasher
“We found a commercial dishwasher that is the same size as a home dishwasher,” the architect said.
Dishwashers are expensive, but often have a three-minute cycle that will see your dishes washed and dry before you’re done wiping down your countertops.
“I’m obsessed,” Georgina said.
4. Never prioritize cupboards over drawers
Cupboards can be difficult to maneuver, especially if they are overhead.
“Drawers significantly increase capacity and accessibility. With proper optimization, upper cupboards can be completely eliminated,” advised the architect.
5. Do not place the sink or stove on the kitchen island
Placing anything on the kitchen island will limit its functionality.
“Your kitchen island can be used for a Christmas buffet, an extra dining table for when the whole family comes over, a great prep bench, and much more.
“If you put a sink or countertop on top of it, those functions will be compromised.
“I know there are people who claim to have it.” [a stove or sink] Stay on the island so you can interact with guests. But how much time does she actually spend at the stove compared to preparing in the kitchen?” Georgina pointed out.
Many thanked Georgina for her insight and thanked her for her advice.
“I never miss a pendant light like a warming station. Thank you for saving me from that!” said one woman.
“I agree 100 percent about this island. I hate it when the sink takes up all my precious space,” the man wrote.
“Thank you, I don’t like having a sink on the island!” It’s so hard to hide the mess from the guests,” the mother said. “The buffet is also really awkward.”