5 must-haves in a dream kitchen

From double sinks to quartz counters, here are five features you need to add to your dream kitchen list
Story by: David Renwick
What will you include in your dream kitchen? cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, kitchen appliance, gray, brown
What will you include in your dream kitchen?

Feature Kitchen Image designed by Kim Duffin of Sublime Architectural InteriorsWe’ve all got a dream kitchen – one filled with beautiful countertops, top-of-the-line fittings and every appliance under the sun. If you’re lucky enough be planning such a kitchen, we’ve put together some of the features you won’t want to miss – as well as a word of caution.

Quartz benchtops

The height of luxury, quartz is the benchtop material to beat. In addition to being extremely durable and completely waterproof, quartz can be tailored to your particular kitchen, with manufacturers able to produce a range of colours.

While it’s true we are talking about dream kitchen features, it’s worth noting that quartz is quite expensive. See more about benchtops

Recessed lighting

Imagine being able to change the feel of your kitchen at the press of a button. With LEDs tucked into under cabinets, kickboards and other areas of your kitchen, you can adjust your light levels or colour whenever the mood strikes you.

It’s quite simple – LEDs can display a nearly limitless range of colours, meaning you can change your kitchen to match your mood. This is a definite must-have for a dream kitchen. See more about kitchen Lighting

Island cooktop


What will you include in your dream kitchen? cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, kitchen appliance, gray, brown
What will you include in your dream kitchen?

Move the cooktop from a wall-facing counter to the island, and you completely change your kitchen dynamic. Suddenly, cooking becomes much more of a social activity, as you’re able to interact with guests or family using the island. This isn’t to mention the practical benefits, like giving you a large work area around the cooktop and space to install a warmer drawer below.

Quick tip: Install long bar handles on your counters and you’ll have a place to hang your tea towels while working. See more about Appliances

Flexible storage

Kitchen storage is often a tricky subject. Without separate pantries and sculleries, it may seem like you’re stuck with regular old shelves and drawers. The solution? Flexible storage. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, you can use pull-out pantry systems and single or double height drawers to create a kitchen that both looks great and is extremely easy to use.

Drawer storage is much more effective than cupboards – you’ll never need to get on your knees to pull a pot

Wondering where you put that packet of quinoa after getting back from the supermarket? Never again. See more about Cabinetry & Storage

Two sinks and two dishwashers

Make cleaning up a breeze by solving an age-old kitchen problem – the single sink. By installing an extra sink, you’ll have room to let pots soak and, at the same time, prep veggies for the next meal. Note that we’re not talking about installing a single sink with a partition, but two separate, full-size sinks.

What will you include in your dream kitchen? cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, home appliance, interior design, kitchen, kitchen appliance, gray, brown
What will you include in your dream kitchen?

You can also go one step further and install two dishwashers. While one is cleaning, you can load another.

Smart faucets

Bid ‘adieu’ to the faucets of old – smarter options have arrived. With new technology-enabled taps, ideally with touch features, you can summon boiling or freezing water whenever you need it. Such taps make cooking that much easier.

Oh, and they also mean a piping hot cup of tea is just a button-press away. See more about Sinks & Taps

A word of caution

Whatever form your dream kitchen takes, remember that less is often more. With a careful, considered hand, you can create a kitchen that functions as well as it looks.

Most kitchen projects are stressful undertakings, so view some of our other articles if you’re still feeling a little lost. If you want to get started with a new kitchen, read the ‘Getting started’ guide.

Nov 30, 2017





Similar stories

Salice Wind Overhead Door Lift: Compact and Elegant

Salice's Wind is an elegant, unobtrusive overhead lift system for flap doors with a smooth, controlled soft close movement and a compact design that maximises storage area.Suits kitchen... Read more

Natural materials help this family kitchen connect with its outlooks

Marble benchtops, oak-fronted cabinetry and oiled oak floors all contribute to a warm, relaxed aesthetic in this central yet understated kitchen Read more

Beginner's guide to kitchen design

It’s often said the kitchen is the heart of the home – and we tend to agree. Take a look at our guide if you're about to start a project Read more

Latest books

Homes Trends Vol. 34/4

Whether space for your new bathroom is generous or modest, you'll want to create a room that not only looks good but is also a breeze to use. And that often means working around restrictions of plumbing locations, the po... Read more

Home Trends Vol. 34/3

The design of our homes – new or renovated – should be an individualistic response to our lifestyle, family set-up and budget. But there are also common requirements we should all aim for – a balance of public and private... Read more

Home Trends Vol. 34/2

Placing the kitchen at the heart of a home is not just about creating a convenient zone for easy food preparation and eating meals.Just as important is the way it's seen as an attractive place where family can spend time ... Read more

Related profiles

Universal Granite & Marbles

Looking for tough beautiful surfaces for your next big project? Read more

FIT(Access Group)

Fit offers a range of intelligent solutions that bring design, style, space, efficiency and organisation to the inside of kitchen cabinets. Read more

Fyfe Kitchens Limited

Fyfe Kitchens Limited is a New Zealand owned and operated business. Based in Auckland, we design and manufacture complete cabinet solutions backed by over 40 years of experience. Read more