Planning a new kitchen

Making the decision to buy a new kitchen is exciting and sometimes a little daunting, as it represents a substantial investment. The kitchen really is the heart of the home for many families today so here are a few practical tips to help with those important decisions.

 

Firstly, have a good clear-out, many of us are guilty of hanging onto things we haven’t used for years – just in case we might need them!

 

Now take a look around your existing kitchen and make a list of all the things you like and dislike about it. Use this to create your own wish list. Everyone has their personal priorities whether it’s colour, storage, layout -what are yours?

 

Do you want your appliances in a different place? If you’re planning a major move around, you need to ensure that plumbing and electricity supplies are in place before flooring is laid. Have you got plug points for any new appliances?

 

Underfloor heating is a popular choice for kitchens as radiators can take up valuable space. If you’re opting for underfloor heating, this will also need to be installed prior to laying the kitchen floor.

Light is really important when you’re cooking so secondary lighting, such as spotlights above cooking and preparation areas, needs to be considered.

 

And remember, it’s important to set a budget. Prolong the life of your kitchen by investing in things that have to work the hardest - ovens, hobs, worktops and, although you can’t see them, the carcasses on cabinets. Flimsy cabinets won’t last long – better to choose a cheaper door.

 

Finally, to give you some food for thought, here are some of the current kitchen trends: Dark blue as an accent colour teamed with white or grey, industrial finishes like concrete, teal cabinets for a retro look, built in wine rooms (sounds good to me!), open shelving (that should divide opinion!) no handles.

 

There’s SO much to think about!