The function of the kitchen has changed in recent years. Once a place used primarily to make food, the kitchen now serves as the hub of the family home, and it is more commonly the place we spend the most amount of money on. We have put together a list of things we advise you should think about when designing your perfect kitchen
1. Evaluate your Kitchen needs
- Make sure that you assess what you want, what you can actually have and what would work best for you. You need to make sure that your ideas are feasible i.e. that the space can accommodate the kind of kitchen that you want. It is also important to think about the style of kitchen that you want; deciding this early can mean no rushed decisions in the future.
- Remember previous kitchens and take into account what you liked/disliked about them. This will help you to make a more informed decision as to what you actually want. Remember to allow for space for your kitchen gadgets in order to reduce workspace clutter.
2. Hire a professional!
- Any structural changes are going to need an architect or design and construction firm, like Build Team, to ensure that strict building regulations are kept to and most importantly the correct planning permission is applied for.
- Designing the layout and overall design of your kitchen will of course be personal to you and it is perfectly understandable that you would want to do this yourself. Hiring a professional kitchen designer can simplify the process
3. Remember the Triangle
- A well laid out kitchen centres around a good work triangle. In kitchen geometry the work triangle is the shape that connects the sink, hob and refrigerator. Nowadays kitchens are used for all types of activities not just cooking. By keeping your main cooking areas confined to one part of the kitchen you’ll be able to make use of the other spaces effectively.
4. Think about the future
- It is inevitable that you will want your kitchen to look a certain way, however if your intention is to sell your property in the near future do not forget about the saleability of your design.
- Painted finishes are easily changed to more neutral colours. If you decide to experiment then keeping it simple will make it easier to adapt in the future if your needs change.
5. Make sure it compliments current features
- You may be looking to add a contemporary kitchen to a room which contains many period features however it is important to make sure that the two designs are blended together properly.
- Preserve any original details in order to add to the character of the room. However do not be tempted to add features that do not match what was previously there. Instead use modern fittings to match the kitchen instead.
6. Think carefully about lighting
- Nobody wants to have to cook in the dark but at the same time you don’t necessarily want your kitchen to be too bright. Choosing the best lighting for your kitchen can take time as you want to make sure you take into account just how much natural light enters your kitchen as it is.
- If building a Side Return Extension the amount of natural light available will usually increase so you may not need as much lighting as you believe.
7. Work from the bottom up
- Flooring tends to define the character of a room and will help you to design the rest of your kitchen. Bare floorboards can help to retain the original character of your refurbishment but similarly more modern flooring could blend in more easily with the overall design.
8. Make sure you get the best prices for your appliances
- The best advice here is to shop around. Some appliances may look fantastic but do check kitchen design forums for reviews as you may find the aftercare service is not up to standard, or that they do not necessarily fulfil all of the functions that you may need them to. Remember kitchen appliances can last a long time if you choose the right ones.
9. Think about storage
- Make sure you know exactly how much storage you are going to need. If tight on space use every available nook and cranny. In the same token, you don’t want to be left with lots of empty cupboard space.
- The best advice we can give you is to evaluate what you had before and compare that to what you need now.
10. Power up
- Make sure that you place your sockets and power lines exactly where you are going to need them. Designers may not necessarily take this into account when going over the general design details of your kitchen.
- It is also important not to cram in any of your kitchen appliances. If, for example, a dishwasher is crammed in it could push up against the hose which would in turn cause a problem with drainage.