Try and keep your work surfaces as close to your sink as possible so you can have
easy clearance to the dishwasher and washing areas.
Put your refrigerator in the coolest
part of the room on an internal wall, close to a plug socket.
Never put any electrical appliances right against the wall.
Always leave a gap at the back.
When choosing appliances such as a washing
machines, bear in mind your lifestyle in the Gulf. It is not
really necessary to have a machine with the highest spin speed and
if you are planning your kitchen on a budget you don't really
need a drier, if you have access to drying outside.
Dishwashers can be economical and very hygienic
, they do save water, clean well and because of little or no contact
with outside bacteria, are hygienic. A dishwasher is a god-send if
you entertain a lot.
Also consider what you want to use your
kitchen for. Do you want a warm and cosy family room with a table
for breakfast and family dinners? Do you want a cool and light room
that is purely functional to cook in? Or is it to be pristine and
hospital like with all the latest stainless steel gizmos?
The colours you use will influence the total
effect. The cool colours, blues, greens, yellows, true reds will
give a cool bright effect, with a no-nonsense feel. Stay away
from white if you have young children and animals.
Sticky finger marks, muddy paws and chocolate will spoil the pristine
appearance you thought would survive. The only good thing about
white is it shows you when it is dirty.
Use a good quality work top, so that you
can clean easily. Tiles with grouting on your work surfaces will
store bacteria, and cause contamination of food. When you cut or
prepare food on your work units always use a board.
Put your kettle, toaster etc. close to
power points and make sure that the flexes are away from the
heat and are not caught up in anything.
If children are around, buy a cooker
with well-fitting saucepan guards, and don't use the
front burners whilst cooking.
Keep your kitchen cupboards clean and
turn out dry foodstuffs regularly. The UAE has a wealth of
weevils and cockroaches that are very attracted to food. A good
pest control contract with a reputable company is necessary.
Make sure that you put your kitchen cupboards at a reasonable
height for you so that you can reach into them without causing
damage to your back. When your units are fitted, plan it carefully,
so that all the draws and cupboards will open for you.
Always draw a small plan of what you want and
where and consult your installer, as to what they think. These people
are the experts not us!
The kitchen is an ideal place to show off your
cookery books on some nice shelves and hang your utensils on the wall
to make a feature and make you look like a professional chef.
Just remember kitchens should be kept to a minimum amount of fuss and
they should be hazard free areas where hygiene is paramount.
Caroline Clay is the Operations Manager for "Helpers" which is a legal Housemaid service in Dubai.
Happy kitchen planning.
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