Choosing the right kitchen

As they say, the kitchen is the heart of any home. It’s not just for cooking but a place where family and friends come together to eat, entertain, and be creative and catch-up – the social hub of a house.

A well designed and presented kitchen can add immense value to your home and make your time cooking more efficient and most importantly enjoyable. In this article Hotondo Homes builder Darren Phillips outlines what to consider when investing in a new kitchen.


First and foremost, get the design right. If you’re a passionate cook be sure that your kitchen design has ample bench space. Some of which will be lost due to appliances. However, try to allow for extra space for things like food preparation, entertaining friends and family and the addition of any decorative elements you might like to show off, like flowers.


Appliances are the workhorse of your kitchen. Consider investing in products that have a high energy rating. These products will be better for the environment and are likely to save you money when it comes to your household bills.


Choose a benchtop that’s durable and easy to clean. Granite, reconstituted stone and marble are great options, however they can be quite costly. For a cheaper option consider a quality laminate with various edge finishes. This can give the effect of stone. When choosing kitchen cabinetry, choose something that won’t date quickly. Look for light coloured cabinetry to keep the space open and light, using other things like wall hangings, flowers and lighting to create texture and decorative accents.

Hotondo Homes

Darren Phillips and Narelle Hughes are Hotondo Homes builders that service Batemans Bay and the surrounding areas of South Durras, Tuross, Narooma and Broulee. For more information contact Darren/Narelle and their team on (02) 4472 3655 or visit their office at 15 Kylie Crescent, Batemans Bay. You can also view their range of service at

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