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Once tucked away at the back of the house, kitchens now take centre stage. In the modern home they are multi-faceted and multifunctional. The kitchen of today is no shrinking violet. When you are choosing your kitchen there are many things to consider. Take your time to think about what you want and talk to our experts – they may have thought of things that you haven’t. How do you want your kitchen to function? A live-in chef would be nice but most of us don’t have that luxury. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, from making school lunches during the week, to cooking up a culinary storm for family and friends at the weekend. But we all use our kitchens differently. Some like to sauté and socialise, with friends gathered around the bench in hearty conversation, while others prefer to cook uninterrupted, as they wind down from their day. If you like to dine and entertain al fresco, a kitchen that opens onto your outdoor living area is something to consider. And if you have children, a kitchen island could be the perfect spot for pre-schoolers to paint pictures and roll out play dough while you prepare dinner, and for teenagers to do their homework. Be practical in your thinking too. What appliances do you already own and what do you have your eye on for the future? You don’t want to have to dismantle your kitchen further down the line to accommodate that wine fridge you have promised yourself next year. How do you want your kitchen to look? In many modern homes the kitchen is central to the both the indoor and outdoor living areas. As such, it needs to be attractive and to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. Quality workmanship and attention to detail are extremely important to Landmark Homes, but when it comes to choosing fixtures, fittings and finishes, we encourage you to explore your own personal style. To get those creative juices flowing, here are some of the latest trends: • Sculleries and walk in pantries, including a second sink and, perhaps, dishwasher • Hi-gloss cabinetry and benchtops • Marble effect benchtops – both laminate and stone • Eco-granite sinks in black, white and grey • Digital images on glass splashbacks • Grained or wood-look accent colours • Built-in rangehoods, hidden from view • Integrated handles or no handles (push to open) • Whites and neutral colours to avoid kitchens dating • Engineered stone tops (scratch and stain resistant, and harder wearing than granite) • Integrated wine fridges Tip: Meet with a kitchen designer in the early stages of planning your house, before window placement and layouts have been locked in place. ABOVE Individual design ABOVE LEFT Design and Build LEFT Design and Build w w w.l andmar k ho m e s. c o. n z | 19