WET AREAS 101

 What is it about wet areas that can strike fear into renovators? Home renovations involving the kitchen, bathroom, or the laundry (or all three – lucky you!) don’t need to be stressful. Yes, there’s a lot involved with renovating these areas, but with some careful planning, you can make sure they shine as much as the rest of the house.

Layout

Remember the golden triangle with kitchen design. Whether you choose a galley kitchen style or a traditional kitchen with a breakfast bar, make sure you adhere to the golden triangle as best you can: the sink, fridge and stove should form a triangle with 1-2 metres of space between each for ease of use.

Bathrooms need thought, too. Don’t place your towel holder somewhere totally out of reach to the shower. If you’re working with a small space, ensure your vanity cupboard has room for a door to swing open. And no one wants to see the toilet when they’re walking past an open bathroom door!

Laundries are often where people go wrong. Renovators often stick to a vanilla script when planning the laundry, and hurriedly choose wall to wall cabinets and benchtops. But your laundry should be shaped to fit your needs: a mudroom-style laundry, with cubby spaces for shoes and bags, is great for busy families with kids.

Storage

Kitchens are not one size fits all. Get creative and think about what you most use in your kitchen. Your Hille’s home renovations builders will help with your kitchen design, but it pays to think about how you use the space. If you love spices, you’ll find a space drawer handy. Wine lovers will favour a built-in bottle rack. And entertainers will get plenty of use out of a large island with lots of seating.

Don’t forget the ironing board! A tall, skinny cupboard is often overlooked in a laundry. There are numerous items that you can store in here – an ironing board, mops and brooms all need a nice tidy place to live. If you’ve got a cordless vacuum, you could install your charging bracket in here too, out of sight.

Bathrooms can be a storage goldmine. Many people forget about the storage potential of bathrooms. Wall-mount vanities are popular, but you’ll sacrifice valuable under-sink storage space. Similarly, instead of hanging a mirror on the wall, consider a shaving cabinet with hidden storage inside.

The Finishing Touches

Tying it all together is hard, but worth it. Many home renovators think this means matching a tile or two between rooms, but that’s just not the case. While that’s a sensible idea, ultimately you need to think of the bigger picture. Don’t create a beautiful Hamptons-style kitchen and then a blue and gold Moroccan bathroom. Keep your style consistent between all of your wet areas. This counts for even the tapware – don’t use farmhouse-style taps in the kitchen and then modern chrome mixers in the bathroom.

Power points! Often overlooked, powerpoint placement is so important in all wet areas. Try to hide powerpoints in cabinets as much as you can – think one for the washing machine, one for the microwave, and one in a shaving cabinet.

They’re rooms you spend a lot of time in, so it pays to plan ahead when renovating your bathroom, kitchen and laundry. For help with creating your perfect wet area, talk to a Hille’s home renovations builder today.