1. Overall Objective
Once the decision has been made to redesign your kitchen, you need to be very clear about what your overall objectives are. If your current kitchen design doesn’t work in the 21st Century, then try and pinpoint the issues you are having, as the clearer and more precise you can be about the issues, the more precisely you can brief your designer, and they in turn will be able to use their expertise to the maximum to deliver what you are looking for.
2. Construction Work
A kitchen redesign is a major project that really deserves to be started from a blank canvas. Is the actual current room shape and size the problem? If so, time spent now incorporating construction work and room shape changes will pay handsome dividends in the long run.
With the shape of the new kitchen finalised, the layout needs to be addressed. Consider traffic flow and areas of likely congestion and ensure these areas are as spacious as possible. Islands, Breakfast Bars and seating areas all need adequate space for them to be a usable and enjoyable addition to your kitchen. Storage space is always at a premium in a kitchen so make sure you explore ways to make use of every part of the room. Cabinet design and technology will help you with this.
Light colours and plain wood are by far the most popular choices when it comes to colours. However, don’t treat your kitchen as a completely separate part of your house. It is a room within your home and let the design and style of your home flow through into your kitchen if it is appropriate to do so.
Flat or Routed, Ultra gloss or Satin finish, there are a myriad of options when it comes to kitchen door designs. Handles and door furniture will also need to be considered at this point. It is worth remembering that ultra gloss finishes and sticky fingers make for a high maintenance finish, so be sure to consider all of the users of the kitchen before making your final choice.
Easy to clean and durable are two phrases that quickly come to mind when kitchen floors are being considered. The flooring will take quite a beating over its lifetime especially if it is the main thoroughfare to the garden, so choosing a practical colour and one that is hard wearing is often the best solution.
Good lighting creates space and makes areas usable and attractive to the eye. It is traditional for your sink to be located close to or directly beneath a window to maximise the natural light in this area. However, consider splitting the rest of the kitchen up into areas which can all be lit in different ways as befits their usage. Work surfaces can benefit from down lighting from beneath wall units, while eating and seating areas can take advantage of ceiling lights with perhaps dimmer switches to subtly change the atmosphere. Whilst not directly connected to lighting, remember that your choice of splashbacks will also affect the overall lighting as paler colours will reflect the light that much more effectively.
You have three things to consider here. Budget, Practicality and Overall Look. There are a huge range of worktops to choose from and equally huge range of prices. Consider how low maintenance you would like the worktops to be and in addition if you want a complementing or contrasting colour to the units.
There has never been a time when there are more options for your appliances. You will certainly never be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what to have installed in your new kitchen. The first consideration is fitted or free-standing. If space is tight, consider amalgamating your washer and drier or finding another room for these two items. If a dishwasher is on your list, remember that they come in various widths which could also help you with your design layout. Overall you should always look for efficient products that can do the job. An appliance with an exemplary energy rating will pay back many times over during it lifespan.
If the choice of appliances wasn’t large enough, then you will have even more to choose from when deciding what gadgets to add to your finished kitchen. It is easy to get carried away when it comes to kitchen gadgets, so make sure that you can actually justify their use before selecting them, and remember that worktop space is always at a premium so ensure any gadget that is left out can justify the space that it is taking up.
11. The Final Touches
Once the initial impact of a new kitchen has subsided, it is often the smaller finishing touches that make it special and keep you smiling when you use the kitchen on a regular basis. The thought and preparation that you did at the start of this process will show through at this point. It is often the more carefully thought out designs that not only look the best, but also ensure that the users get the most from them. Your kitchen designer should be experienced in this area and will be able to ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for.
We hope you have found our list interesting and informative. If you are looking to have your kitchen re-designed then we would be delighted to assist you in anyway we can. Please feel free to contact us using the details above and we will happily arrange a time to visit and help you create the kitchen you have always dreamed of.