Is it time to update your old kitchen?
Posted on 28th June 2018 at 15:58
A new kitchen can really make a difference to your home, but it’s not something you will do very often, so you want to make the right choices.
Here’s our easy step-by-step guide to planning a new kitchen, to help you decide what will really work for you.
We always start by asking some simple but important questions.
Firstly, what do you really need from your new kitchen?
This might sound obvious, but think about the things you have in the back of your cupboards and drawers that you haven’t used in months or even years. It’s also worth thinking about whether the built-in coffee maker or microwave are really going to be used.
We recommend that you make a list of all the things you would like and then organise them in priority order. This will help you to see what’s really essential and what’s ‘nice to have’.
This will be really helpful for planning the layout of your new kitchen and when you set your budget.
If extra space is high on your list, then you might want to consider combining your dining room and kitchen for a new ‘open plan’ approach or look at options for an extension.
Next, think about the practicalities
Do you plan to use the existing plumbing and electric points for your sinks and appliances?
If you’re dream kitchen includes an island with a sink or hob and extractor fan then plumbing and electricity supplies will need to be installed.
Think about all of the appliances on your list, both big and small, to make sure you will have electricity sockets where you need them.
Radiators can take up valuable space, so underfloor heating is an increasingly popular choice for kitchens. If this is something you’re thinking about then it will need to be installed before laying your kitchen floor or starting to install your units.
Lighting can make all the difference
You can create many different effects in your kitchen when you can control ceiling lights, under unit lights and floor lights separately. Brighter spotlights above cooking and preparation areas can also be very useful.
Wiring for the lighting will be one of the first jobs to complete, but you will need to be sure about all the details first.
Looks you can live with
Bright, bold colours and finishes can make an impact, but remember your kitchen will be one of the first things you see in the morning and last thing at night.
Collect images and cuttings of designs that you like – plates, tiles, pieces of furniture or fabric - not just kitchens.
Put together a scrapbook or ‘mood board’. This will help you to choose what you really like and, if you’re going to work with a kitchen designer, it will help them too.
There’s a lot of information available online – in fact there’s probably too much. It can be confusing.
Speak with an experienced professional kitchen designer and installer. There won’t be many problems they haven’t solved. They will also have knowledge about the latest products, fixtures and fittings.
Plan your budget
You will need to include all the installation costs as well as your kitchen units, surfaces and appliances. It’s always a good idea to include a contingency fund of around 10% to be sure you can cover any unexpected costs too.
If you need to prioritise your spending, choose the best worksurfaces, cabinets, cooker and hob that you can afford.
Check what’s included
The clearer you can be about your new kitchen design, the more accurate your quotation will be. Read it carefully and check whether all the trades involved are included in the costs.
Check what your deposit will be and whether there are any other stage payments before completion.
Only pay the full amount when you are entirely happy with the installation.
The final, but important, details
Think about how your finishing touches will complement your overall design, including seating, lighting and your choice of handles and taps. These can all make a big difference to the overall look and feel of your new kitchen.
We’re happy to discuss your requirements at an early stage to help you make the right choices, so please get in touch.
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