A kitchen dream team for my renovation project


As you may already know, I love cooking and I love food. In the last few years I’ve even published my own cookbooks.

When I’m at home, I spend most of my time in the kitchen. When designing the layout of my dream home, everything is centred around the kitchen.

My kitchen plan has to really work in the space that I’ve got, also considering the view and the natural light. I really want to get it right. I knew I had to talk to some kitchen experts.

I am absolutely thrilled to say that Freedom Kitchens have joined me as a partner on Renovation Rookie!

I’m not the kind of person who is going to spend a fortune on a highly-stylized Italian marble kitchen. I want a design that is warm, accessible, a beautiful environment to be in. Not only are Freedom Kitchens state-of-the-art, but they really understand my vision for my dream kitchen. I love what they do.

Talking to them has been very reassuring, and now, I have confidence that we are going to create something really special. I am hugely excited that we will be working together on my dream kitchen.

So what does my new dream kitchen look like?

Here’s a quick video on what I’m trying to achieve with my new “Hampton’s Style” dream kitchen.


In this video, I’m actually sitting in the area where the new kitchen will be partially relocated. It’s facing north-east, so it lets in great natural light, and it’s also where the view is. I want my island bench to be facing that beautiful outlook, because that’s where I’ll be spending most of my time when I’m in my kitchen.

My first meeting with Freedom Kitchens will be to establish what the best design is for the kitchen. I’ve got a list of things I want to be included. I’ve picked out my Miele appliances, but there are all the practical storage options to consider like:

  • Where to use drawers instead of cupboards for pots and pans?
  • Where will I put my cooking oil?
  • Where will my utensils will go?
  • What sort of lighting will I need?

At the same time, I’m starting to look at the different finishes like my splashback and benchtops. I’m trying to get a feel for what will suit that Hamptons style, but in more of a relaxed, beachy way.

I’m armed with my plans and my list, so wish me luck!

Ready to meet the team?  Here they are…

So you know you want a beautiful kitchen, but what does your consultant need to know from you first?

Sue from Freedom Kitchens will be Deborah’s personal kitchen design consultant. She explains what they need to know before the design process can begin.

1. They need to know what space they’re dealing with

If it’s going into an existing kitchen area, they need to look at that space and get the facts about what that space is going to be.

2. They sit down with you and take a brief

This entails things like how you live in your kitchen, how many people are going to be using it, if you entertain a lot, what your shopping habits are – for example if it’s a family, they might need a lot of pantry space. If it’s a couple who may shop for fresh food every day, they may need more refrigerator space.

3. Get the basic layout down on paper

The layout will be in consideration of the requirements discussed in the Brief, then the details are ‘filled in’. The look, feel, finishes.

After this comprehensive first meeting, back at the office, Phillip will draw up your plan in design software. He can then convert your plans into 3D images so you can visualise it realistically.

What are Sue’s top 3 most-important things to include in your kitchen plan?

  • Good storage
  • Good preparation areas
  • Ensure the quality of materials is going to last a long time

Freedom Kitchens have a handy Kitchen Reno Guide which has some great additional info.

For more updates about my Renovation Project head over to the Renovation Rookie website and sign up for weekly updates!

Deborah Hutton

Deborah Hutton is the publisher of Balance by Deborah Hutton. She is passionate about helping woman to define their own recipe for balance

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