The easiest way for us to see our ideas for the kitchen renovations, was to make a 3D model of what it will look like when finished. This was such a useful exercise. We could then look at all four corners of the room from north, south, east and west.
Using foamboard (5mm thick), which can be bought from any local craft or art shop, a scaled down version of the room was cut and stuck together. The starting point were the walls, then doors, windows and flooring, after this the units and island added. I printed and cut-out the hob, ovens and sink and made a little Smeg fridge!! ( I know Smeg's have rounded corners on the door but there is a limit to this model making!!!). Lastly, the concrete worktop was included.
When it was finished, it gave us a great insight to what the 'proportions' of the room would feel like. We answered questions that couldn't be answered by a flat drawing. These included - was the island going to be too big or maybe too small?
Were the ovens going to be in the correct position with easy access to the hob?
What about the sink - was this in the correct place in front of the window?
And, the shelf....was it to be white and float or something else?
Having completed the kitchen, (see photos below of it finished) we look back at the mock-up and realise just how useful it was to do. The island is in the correct position and right size, the pleasure we get from looking out of the window every time we stand at the sink, clarifies this as the best decision and the two ovens together in close proximity of the hob, makes for an easy experience when cooking...
The only answer we still needed to make was what shelf to have.
This will be left for another blog post.