Fri, Nov 2019

Hopwood Handy Hints: Kitchens

Working with our team means collaborating with a variety of Coffs Harbour industry professionals throughout the building process; all with the goal of designing a home, and spaces, that enhances your lifestyle. With over thirty years experience in designing and building custom homes on the Coffs Coast, Brian Hopwood Homes have an extensive catalogue of knowledge, and strong relationships, with local suppliers and trades that benefit our clients. This article aims to help you understand a little more about this important space in your home, and what is included in a Brian Hopwood Custom Kitchen.

It’s all in the design….

When you ask people what they think of when you say “kitchen” most would respond “food”. Embark on the building journey and that association can start to change. Now when you think “kitchen” there is a lot more to think about then just “food”, “should I go black tapware or chrome, drop in sink or undermount, glass splashback or tiles, handles or push finger?”. You eye of kitchens like they are prey, you become a kitchen sleuth and every kitchen is your target. This can be a good way to start to consolidate ideas and guide you on what style suits your overall look.

First it is important to understand what is, and isn’t, included in your kitchen. All builders work with some kind of standard inclusions, some may offer it all, while others may offer a lot less. As part of designing the kitchen for your Brian Hopwood Home you work closely with Coffs Harbour designer Marcus Phillips of Designer Living Kitchens. An award winning interior designer with 28 years experience Marcus will work directly with you, providing you with one on one contact in their Coffs Harbour Showroom. We will communicate with you throughout this process, helping guide you an ensure you stay on budget.

Here are some of our standard inclusions…

  • 20mm Stone Bench tops with drop in sink
  • Hettich Soft Close Innotech Drawers & Sensys Soft Close Doors
  • Cabinetry doors and panels in Laminex Lamiwood, natural or matt finish
  • 60cm Dishwasher
  • Reece Drop in Sink & Tapware
  • Ventilated shelving to butlers pantry from Wardrobe World
  • 1 set of four drawers including cutlery drawer and three set of 3 Drawers
  • Tiled Kitchen Splashback
  • Artusi 90cm Duel Fuel Freestanding Stove
  • Artusi 90cm Wall Canopy Rangehood or Artusi Concealed Rangehood
  • Complimentary Custom Design Consultation by Marcus Phillips at Designer Living Kitchens

 

Bringing your kitchen to life…

Seeing your kitchen design as black marks on paper is never as exciting as seeing it in real life! Another way we celebrate the build of your Brian Hopwood Home is through our weekly on-site walkthroughs! This is a unique service to our clients, and just one of the benefits of deciding to build with Brian Hopwood Homes a local custom builder for over 30 years!

Find inspiration, but not too much…

In this digital age we are blessed with an umpteenth amount of platforms for which to gain inspiration. Website likes Pinterest and Houzz allow you to collate images of your favourite looks, while analysing your preferences and suggesting similar images to view. Whilst having these fantastic tools is a benefit be sure to find a reference point and stick to it. All too often people become frazzled with the overload of options, and move far away from their original idea, losing that reference point.

A home is built for you..

Don’t get too caught up in trends, choose features and finishes that match your personality and lifestyle! I have fallen in love with many homes because of their connection to the homeowner(s). Their personality and flare is woven through vital parts of the home and its humbling. So whilst everyone may have their opinion, stay true to you. Building with Brian Hopwood Homes is a partnership we are here to guide you through the experience as stress free as possible.

 – David Hopwood