The kitchen is the heart of a home. It is where everyone heads for after work or school to discuss the day, so make it warm and welcoming for family and guests alike. Cooking does not need to be lonely if you have room for company in the kitchen.
There are so many designs available for kitchens today that you can virtually choose anything you want. Decide whether you are more comfortable with an ultra-modern contemporary look featuring sleek lines and shiny surfaces, or whether you would prefer something more traditional such as a country kitchen or Shaker inspired design.
What you intend to use your kitchen for is also important do you want to entertain here or will you be undertaking other domestic tasks such as laundry in the space? It can be helpful to sit down and make a note of everything you use your kitchen for in the course of a typical week so that you do not forget anything important. The size and shape of your kitchen also needs to be taken into account. Another consideration is the budget you have available, but even a small budget should allow you to make improvements such as adding storage solutions to hide away clutter and perhaps add a focal point such as an island unit.
All the usual kitchen appliances such as ovens, hobs, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and laundry machines can now be built in to your kitchen units. This gives a very smooth and integrated appearance to the room and can make it appear larger than it actually is. All electrical and gas appliances should be fitted by a qualified tradesman to the current specifications and building regulations that apply. Take professional advice on extraction units. These are available as chimney, canopy or integrated extractors and, in addition to extracting smells and particles from the kitchen, also provide lighting over the area of the hob. They can be ducted to the outside or re-circulated.
Kitchen worktops need to look good as well as being durable enough to stand up to many uses. They are available in various thicknesses and in different materials. Laminates can be different thicknesses and come in matt, gloss or textured finishes. Solid wood worktops provide a premium finish and are available in different woods to complement your kitchen. The top of the range worktops are granite, quartz or marble. These materials are luxurious, durable and hygienic although they are also expensive.
Many companies will work with you to create the kitchen of your dreams, but they cannot know exactly what you want from your kitchen unless you tell them. It is worth spending some time thinking and planning what you want before you even look in a kitchen showroom. Although granite worktops are known to emit very low levels of radiation they are unlikely to need radioactive transport solutions.
David Milton writes for a range of home and design websites. He has recently investigated sources of radioactivity in the home, concluding that these are diminishing as older TVs are phased out and the practice of coating the faces of watches and clocks with radium stopped in the 1970s. He does not consider that radioactive transport is necessary for home improvement materials.