Planning a new kitchen for 2018 ? Kitchen design advice from experts Inglish Design of Harrogate
The kitchen can be one of the most expensive spaces in your home to renovate. A well planned kitchen not only make it an enjoyable space to use, but it will in turn help to sell your home should you put in on the market. Generally with kitchens you get what you pay for. Of key importance is cabinet build and materials, as these are the aspects which need to provide longevity. Here is a guide to planning your kitchen so you can create the very best kitchen design, and make the process easier and less stressful !
If you are building an extension or simply removing an old kitchen and redesigning the space, it is likely that you will need a builder. Often 40-50 per cent of your budget will go on building and labour costs. By being realistic about affordability at the outset, you will avoid costly mistakes (not to mention disappointment) later on. By employing a builder this often means that the building, plumbing, electrical, tiling and decorative work will be provided under the one umbrella. This is useful in terms of managing the project, as you builder effectively controls the project roll out for you. Some kitchens companies will offer all trades as part of their kitchen supply, however beware of this. In general when a kitchen company does this, the trades will not be directly employed by them, so you are at the mercy of sub contractors who are generally self employed with other jobs to work on as well as yours. This can cause problems with reliability and control.
Of key importance when planning a new kitchen is to meet with the builder and explain with the kitchen design in place what is required. Always get a written quote from your builder, and always follow any meetings up with an email which confirms in writing what you have discussed. Decide on a date which he can work to. Establish a completion date and work back from this realistically with the time he suggests is required to undertake the works. Always allow at lease one extra week than your builder suggest – 9/10 times this week will be absorbed by something, whether this be a supplier issue or an installation issue. A spreadsheet is an ideal way to block in each week and understand what will be happening and who will be due to do it.
Allow within your budget for a contingency fund, as big builds tend to include unforeseen spends. Try not to get in a situation with any supplier where they provide you with only estimated costs, as additional charges can escalate out of control, and you may also be taken advantage of.
Choosing a kitchen company
A good way to do this is through referral. Has a friend or relative used a company whom they can recommend. Don’t be swept away by glossy adverts for kitchen companies, do your research. Visit local showroom and ask for an indication of cost. “off the shelf” kitchens are the cheapest option, but not as cheap as you may think – and ultimately they might not make as good use of space as a bespoke kitchen – and probably not the same wow factor either. The quality of the kitchen cabinets is key. Look at the drawers and how they are made, find out about how the kitchen is manufactured and what materials are used. Remember, things like appliances have a lifespan, whereas your kitchen cabinets should last for many years, so it is worth investing in kitchen cabinets which are robust, will give you durability and longevity.
Planning the kitchen cabinets and kitchen design
Sinks and Taps
The items that you touch and use on a daily basis need to be good quality and able to withstand years of wear and tear. A high-quality tap that will stay the course and sink that is the right size and well made is money well spent. Boiling hot water taps used to be luxury item in a kitchen and the first thing to be removed when on a tight budget. Nowadays virtually every Inglish Design kitchen includes one.
Its always a good rule of thumb to invest in good quality work surfaces. There is a vast choice of worktops available from natural stone to quartz and even ceramic. Most of the time your choice will be based on colour, but make sure you understand what the worktops are made of and what warranty they come with. Matching splash backs are a good way to provide a durable surface to the rear of cooking areas that can be wiped clean.
Your kitchen is one of the most used spaces in your home, and the lighting can really make a difference to how it feels. Think about adding different types of lighting, for source and for aesthetics. With task lighting under the wall units, and well position ceiling lights aorund your work area, and then overhead or pendant fittings to create atmosphere over islands or dining areas. Try to find a little give in your budget to accommodate great-quality, statement light fittings, such as a beautiful pendant. Plan your lighting as soon as you have decided on the layout of your kitchen, it will be time and money well spent.
Electric or piped underfloor heating
Plan Plan Plan !
So we have mentioned planning throughout this blog, but it cannot be stressed enough. Projects that start without a clear plan, or deviate from the plan as it progresses end up in stress, mess, over spending and never ending. Do you have a temporary kitchen or utility room which you can use ? Do you have somewhere to store your kitchen goods ? If you are building an extension can this be done with minimum disruption and dust to the rest of the house ? How will you dispose of the old kitchen and appliances ? These are big questions which are often over looked. Building work of any type creates lots of dust, mess and noise – if you are organised for this then things will be less stressful. So plan everything well from timescale, to suppliers, materials to budget, and plan how you will live while the work is being done. This way you will achieve your goals and end up with the very best end result. A new kitchen is a fantastic addition to any home, its worth the money and the effort – and so worth planning well.
If you have a kitchen project coming up or are thinking of a new kitchen for 2018 why not give inglish design a call or arrange to visit out showroom. We have many years of experience in kitchen design and would be delighted to show you examples of our beautiful bespoke kitchens. Telephone 01423 864951 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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