In the Philippines, you would often find yourself getting asked “Kumain
ka na?” (which translates to “Have you eaten?”) instead of the
conventional “How are you?”. Truth be told, Filipinos, in
general, are foodies at heart. If we’re not cooking or eating food,
you’ll most likely find us talking about it. This is why the
is such an important part of the Filipino household because this is
where our favorite dishes like adobo or sinigang are made and
perfected. That’s also the reason why this particular part of the
house needs to be nothing short of aces, and, here we answer some of
the most common questions to help you achieve your dream kitchen:
to watch out for regarding your kitchen surface?
choosing your surfaces, remember that they have a number of different
functions. For worktops, food preparation will be the most common
activity, so choose materials that are easy to clean and resist
becoming chipped or scratched by utensils. Common worktop materials
include granite and wood, but steel is also preferred in most homes in the Philippines. Stone materials tend to be ideal when using hot
pans and trays – as materials like granite can cope with high
temperatures easily. However, hardwoods can add warmth and a natural
feel to any design. Why not consider a combination, with granite near
the hob and oven, and wood for dining surfaces or around the sink?
should I consider when buying a kitchen?
most important consideration when buying one is probably who will be
using it. If you are building your own for family use, then ensuring
that everyone remains safe will be a vital consideration. Keep
worktops out of reach, use anti-slip materials where possible, and
design the cabinets so utensils cannot be reached by small hands.
Durability is also important. Is it important that surfaces might
degrade quickly (but look great at first)? If you intend to restyle
yours to suit newer tastes, ensuring durability may not be vital, but
for many people a new one is a significant financial investment. And,
of course, style is a central factor. Create a space that you will
adore by focusing on a style that you love and carrying the design
through to the end.
do I design an open plan kitchen?
an open-plan space is a great way to combine cooking spaces with
seating and relaxation areas, and is particularly suited to larger
homes. In many open plan kitchenette, the main dining area is set
aside from the food preparation area – allowing dinner to be
enjoyed away from cooking odours. A good way to create this
separation is by installing a breakfast bar between the different
zones. It also helps to choose the right décor ideas to fill the
empty space – and having attractive, comfortable seating is a
do I find the right kitchen planner?
the past, anyone seeking a custom-made design for their home had to
do everything from scratch or seek professional expertise, which
always comes with a cost. If you are designing with specific needs in
mind such as wheelchair access or child safety, then you might want
to consult an interior designer. However, the ideabook and magazine,
as well as free consultation page, from homify provides a way to build DIY spaces to your own
specifications, using the finest design talents from around the
world. Nowadays, you can use the internet to achieve wonders without
bringing in kitchen planners to do the hard work for you.
to decorate small spaces?
kitchens present some potential design challenges. Packing everything
into a small space can leave little scope for creative design.
However, by using intelligent storage ideas such as integrated
appliances and wall mounted cabinets or drawers, it is possible to
make the most of even the smallest space. Add some charm to a cramped
space with strategically placed flowers or shelves showing off your
fine porcelain. Get more worktop space by building U-shaped counters
and harness natural light to open up the space via windows where
possible. With a little thought, you can achieve miracles in a small