24 Sep How to plan for the perfect kitchen
Whether you’re looking to reinvent your existing kitchen with a brand-new approach updating or are creating an exciting new kitchen as part of a larger development, there are 8 important stages you will need to follow. By following these you will be able to ensure that you plan for perfection and obtain a kitchen that is ideal for your home.
- Understand your available space
Before you start selecting the perfect units, flooring or appliances, you need to consider the shape and size of space that you’re working with and how you can most effectively utilize it.
At this point it’s always worth asking a kitchen design company, an architect or architectural technologist for scale drawings. This will enable you to see exactly how much room you have to work with, allowing you to start to plan out where everything is going to sit.
Think about the position of both the external and internal doors and windows so that you let the most amount of light into the house and create the best flow possible. Also, have a clear idea of how much you want to spend before contacting a designer, as this will ensure you end up with a scheme you can afford.
- Think about the best layout
In order to create a kitchen that you’ll love to live in, you need to design the kitchen layout around your lifestyle. If you want an open-plan kitchen with dining room incorporated, think about where each area will work most effectively. It usually makes sense to have the kitchen in the darkest part of the room, with the dining and living areas – where you will spend more time chilling with friends– closest to windows overlooking the garden.
There’s a growing trend for ‘broken-plan’ living, where the spaces are only partly separated. Whether you include a half wall, a sliding door or even a breakfast bar, broken-plan living creates an even balance between modern living and a dedicated kitchen area.
You’ll also need to consider your internal door and external glazing choices, as these can make or break a kitchen design. Would you love bi-fold or sliding doors? Would roof lights help bring natural light into the depths of the room? At this point it’s essential that you make these decisions.
- Decide on the theme and style you want
Once you’ve decided on how best to structure your kitchen, the next thing you’ll need to start doing is finalising the details. Do your research to find out exactly what style of kitchen suit your lifestyle and personality and work with a designer to develop a kitchen that’s fitted around your every requirement.
For instance, if you have young children, smooth, wipe-clean units will be easier to keep clean than painted Shaker-style ones, whereas if you’re living alone you may want to install more contemporary, heavy-duty units and flooring that aren’t going to get spoilt by kids finger prints
You’ll have to live with the design for years, so it’s worth spending time getting it right. Create a mood board from magazine clippings and website ideas and allow yourself a few months to do this until you see key themes emerging. At this point you’ll also need to
- Find the right team
Once you’ve had your plans drawn up and any necessary planning permissions agreed, the next thing you’ll need to do is find a team of trades people that are the ideal fit for your new creation.
For each of the different trades, you should get at least three detailed written quotes with an associated design. Recommendations are always the best way to find people to work with, or failing this, sites such as Checkatrade or Trust a Trader are extremely helpful.
Some kitchen companies offer a complete design (such as Preston’s Kitchens), build and installation package, meaning you won’t need to find individual tradespeople. However, if you choose to do this, always ask who they companies are that they will be looking to use so that you can individually vet them before they begin.
- Start the building work
Now you have the team you want to work with, it’s time for construction work to start. If you’re having walls demolished or an extension built, you may want to consider moving out while the work is complete. If you decide to stay, be prepared for noise and disruption and a lot of additional dust. Whether you go or stay, always make sure that you stay in touch with your builders so that you’re kept up to date all the way through the process.
6 . Decorate the space
Once all of the building work has finished and the plaster has finished setting, the next thing you’ll want to do is decorate the overall space. It’s essential that you do this before you start installing the cabinets as a lot of decorating work can’t be done after units have been installed. With any kitchen, always choose a colour that contrasts with your chosen units but which brings light and elegance into the space you have.
- Install your brand new kitchen
The penultimate stage of any kitchen fit-out is the most important stage – the installation of your new units. Whist you can do this on your own, it’s often easier to get your chosen kitchen company to fit-out your space for you, especially if it’s a German Kitchen. Because these particular types of kitchen contain very complex cabinet designs, an expert kitchen fitter will ensure that you don’t make any costly mistakes – something that will be absolutely priceless when you get to the end.
- Fit your flooring and tile your splash backs
Whilst you can do this before you fit your cabinets, it may cost you in more materials to do it this way as you’ll be going in a bit blind. By doing it after they are fitted you can create an accurate build and ensure that every tile and flooring section fits perfectly.
Once the walls and floors are complete, it’s time to introduce the furniture, accessories, lighting and appliances to your new room and start enjoying your brand-new kitchen.
We hope this helps to give you a deeper insight into how you can start planning for your new kitchen, but should you require a detailed, no-obligation consultation please contact Preston Kitchens on 01772 701993.