Designing your kitchen can be a lot of work and require a lot of planning so we’ve decided to create a list of tips which will help you save a lot of time as well as provide a better insight on what your kitchen needs.
Examine your current kitchen
Focus on retaining or improving specific areas of your kitchen by first clearing out. It may appear simple, but it allows you to focus on the areas that are most important to you.
Make a list of what you like and dislike about your kitchen now. Whether it's your large fridge/ freezer, plenty of worktop space, or a dark and dingy area you never use.
Can you use your current space to create your dream kitchen, or does it need to be expanded? Most people knock down the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create a modern, open-plan space. Keep in mind that significant structural work will obviously increase your budget.
Consider the functionality of what you want to accomplish with your new kitchen. Is it a place for your children to play while you cook, a place for friends and family to relax while you host a dinner party, or simply a place to prepare meals for the two of you? Consider who will be using the space and how you intend to use it.
Plan your appliances ahead of time
Using existing plumbing, gas, or electrical supplies is a simpler and less expensive option. However, if you're doing a complete remodel with new appliances or an island, sketch out a rough plan of where you'll need your new utilities.
Plug points are also essential, and they must be powerful enough to power certain appliances such as an induction hob. Consider where you want your appliances logically. The kitchen triangle is a common industry term for maximizing space between the cooker, sink, and refrigerator.
Set up your Lighting
When it comes to kitchen design, most people overlook the importance of lighting. Don't let it be an afterthought; instead, make it a central focus and incorporate it into your design, such as lights above your stove. You'd be surprised how much it affects the ambience and functionality of your design, particularly in a north-facing kitchen.
Consider how you use your kitchen to determine your lighting requirements. If you enjoy cooking, you'll need plenty of practical lighting for your worktops, and if you're incorporating a breakfast bar, low-level pendant lighting will perfectly illuminate the space.
Schedule a Home Measurement
Before you meet with a professional kitchen designer, they will need to know the dimensions of your space. It makes sense to hire a professional to measure up; the more accurate the measurements, the more accurate the quote. Please note that most companies charge a fee for this assessment.
Speak to Kitchen Designer
A professional kitchen designer’s experience is invaluable. If you have any questions or are struggling with creating the vision you had imagined, take the time to speak with a kitchen designer as he/she will ensure that your space is maximized and is as efficient as possible.
Manage your budget
Knowing how much you can spend will help save a lot of time and money in the long run. We will provide the best products we can offer at a price that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. Make a spreadsheet to track your costs, including building work, units, worktops, installation fees, accessories, and appliances, to name a few.
Add the finishing touches
Once your kitchen is complete, you will still need to add those finishing touches. Little details make a big difference and can make a cheap kitchen look like a million bucks. This can include small art work, holiday decor, etc.