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what to look for in a kitchen

Whether you're busy feeding hungry mouths or consider yourself a bit of an entertainer, it's important to put careful thought into the kind of kitchen you need. 

When building a new home, you've got the flexibility of being able to choose a home design that suits your needs. The apg Breakthrough and Lifestyle ranges offers a variety of kitchen designs, from the useful U-shape to Island Bench Scullery. These cleverly designed spaces are a great pick for couples and families alike. 

So what should you be looking for in a kitchen?

Storage

No matter how many people there are in your household, having adequate kitchen storage is essential. From cooking implements to dinnerware and canned and dried food, there are plenty of items that can quickly pile up. 

The home designs in apg's ranges play up to this with generously sized pantries. You might opt for a one with a walk-in pantry if you've got a particularly large collection of kitchenware or tend to buy a lot of non-perishable food in bulk. 

Quality appliances

From the oven to the dishwasher, you want to have the right tools for the job.

After all, there's nothing worse than preparing a delicious meal only to have a tedious clean-up job on your hands. An intelligently designed home will account for your desire to work in the area efficiently. All apg home designs come with a dishwasher recess as well as a high-end, 900mm stainless steel Westinghouse electric oven, hotplate and range hood.

You can add the smaller appliances as you please to make cooking a breeze. Consider creating a compost bin in your backyard to breakdown food scraps too.

Preparation areas

Finally, make sure you have a preparation area that aids your kitchen activities, rather than holding you back.

If you enjoy playing host to friends and relatives, a home with an L-shaped kitchen with an island bench is an excellent pick. You've got plenty of area to prepare food, while guests can pick at nibbles around the island. This means you can prepare food and entertain people simultaneously. 

Perhaps parallel benches are more your style, in which case the traditional galley kitchen design is a top pick.