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Kitchen: Home assets

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Kitchens are not only the heart of the home, they can also add value to your property 

WORDS: DEBBIE LOOTS AND SARAH MARJORIBANKS – PHOTOS: SUPPLIED 

Smart kitchen design is as much about technology and functionality as it is about individual style and creative choice of aesthetics. But renovating your kitchen for investment purposes adds another layer to the mix, so it is wise to consider the market value of homes in your area before taking the plunge. “In my experience, a beautiful and practical kitchen normally adds more value to a home proportionate to what it costs,” says Dogon Property Group CEO Denise Dogon. “A top-end kitchen may cost R500,000, for example, but on resale would add more than R1m in value to the property. A kitchen plays a huge part in the decision-making when buying a home.” We look at 2020’s trends and how adding single elements to a kitchen can elevate it to the next level in terms of style and value.  

Fine art

Biscuit and honey-brown colours, wooden floors and vintage patterns are synonymous with a homely and welcoming kitchen. The look doesn’t have to be old-fashioned, though: a contemporary feel can easily be achieved by selecting the right combination of floor and wall tiles. These Intarsi porcelain tiles are inspired by the ancient marquetry-style artistry technique intarsia, which is the carving and fitting together of small pieces of wood in different colours. The Intarsi range by Ceramica Sant’Agostino comes in three options with two variations each – Classic Mix (left) and Classic 04, Elite 01 and Elite 04, and Glam 02 and Glam 05 – and is available from Italtile 

In the mix

basin and mixer

A small but important detail – both in terms of functionality and aesthetics – is your choice of sink and mixer. Franke’s striking Fragranite sink in matt black (left) lifts the appearance of a kitchen and suits any design style. It is also available in black, silver or white. The Move kitchen mixer has a simplified and classy look yet is practical to use. Both items are available from Italtile. 

Space age

The kitchen is the central focus in most homes. Making this zone open plan is a sensible move.  This is according to Jenny Mills of Jenny Mills Architecture and Interiors. Concealed appliances and neat storage allow the area to integrate with living spaces.  “Furniture pieces with intelligent design that makes food preparation quick and easy are the way to go,” says Mills. The Bulthaup Monobloc (right), an early innovation in kitchen furniture, is a refined modular solution developed along with complementary elements that can be assembled to suit various spaces and client preferences. 

Light touch

Ehrardt Nieuwoudt

Ehrardt Nieuwoudt, MD of Kim h Interior Design in Johannesburg, says the right lighting makes all the difference in a kitchen. “The main areas where lighting plays an important role are work surfaces, feature areas and displays,” he says. “A beautiful pendant or cluster light can do wonders to emphasise a specific area. Something over an island or breakfast nook will create visual impact.” For a window behind a counter, interesting low-hanging pendants could work well, he says. Display cabinetry is another prime space for feature lighting – try some LED strip lights under floating shelves or even cove lighting around a bulkhead feature. Nieuwoudt believes the most successful lighting style in a kitchen is a combination of all of them. “In the same way you layer texture, you can layer lighting. Use recessed spotlights for general lighting, pendant lights to create focal impact, wall lights to balance spaces and strip lights for subtle highlighting. It all depends on the style or mood you have in mind.” 

“A beautiful pendant or cluster light can do wonders to emphasise a specific area” Ehrardt Nieuwoudt, MD, Kim h Interior Design 

Store more

According to Deborah Garth, director of Deborah Garth Interior Design, storage is an essential element in kitchen design and will increase the value of a home.  “There is always a heap of various appliances, crockery, utensils, pots and pans and store-bought foods – and never enough place to store it all,” she says. “We need countertop space that is free from clutter to prepare food.” As a solution, she suggests a large walk-in pantry and an island with pot drawers. Her favourite storage feature is drawers with inner dividers. “The one part of the kitchen that definitely should have additional storage is the main workspace,” she says. “Everything should be easily accessible when you are creating a meal.” 

“The one part of the kitchen that definitely should have additional storage is the main workspace” Deborah Garth, director, Deborah Garth Interior Design

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