this is the most important stage, you’re going to have to live with this kitchen for many years to come, so it’s importantly it suits your lifestyle and even your future lifestyle like a growing family for instance, to make it easy, we’ve broken it down into three stages.
Researching and planning the design
Maybe you should ask yourself two questions and remember to jot down the answers.
1. what do you like about your current kitchen, what works and what would you keep?
2.what do you hate about your current kitchen, what really drives you mad?
Maybe it’s really dingy, there’s not enough lighting ,maybe there’s not enough storage or the fridge is too far away from the oven, when you’ve written down the answer to these two questions ,it will help you to crystallize what you want from a new kitchen.
my top tip is that if you’ve just bought a house ,don’t rush out and buy a new kitchen straight away, live with the old kitchen first for a few months and find out what it is that you do and you don’t like about the kitchen before you change it.
Personally, on the kitchen front, I like to get some magazines ripped lots of pictures out ,and it’s important look through the styles the colors, the layouts find what you really like, get the pictures and keep them, so you can show them for the design consultant or you builder to get the perfect look. You may find a lot of inspiration in it.
The other thing of course to consider is budget, you’re going to have an idea of what you want to spend but don’t forget it’s so important, it’s not just the buying the kitchen but also the installation, if you’re a little bit worried about budget, go in and talk to one of the design consultants get them to give you a bit of a steer, because you’d be amazed actually just how much you might be able to afford.
Planning the layout
we’re now going to talk a little bit about the practicalities of planning your kitchen, and we want you to think about three things.
Layout, lighting and storage
Lay out what are things to consider, where do the doors come into the kitchen, you don’t want to put the fridge right behind the door for example, and then think about the electrical sockets, where do you want your toaster or your kettle ,do you want the TV in the kitchen.
You might want to put the sink underneath a window, so that when you’re washing up, you’re not staring at a blank wall (At the same time, it can provide you with natural light, and of course you’re going to need to check that your plumbing can reach, the same applies with electrics, these can all be easily moved but you will need to plan ahead and then consult either you’re being cue designer or your builder.
one tried-and-tested method for planning a kitchen is to put the oven the fridge and the sink in what we call the working triangle. now this will give you easy access to all these three appliances when you’re cooking or preparing food .
Another thing that everybody always leaves to the last minute you really should get right at the start is the lighting ,think about task lighting . for example an under cabinet light, so when you’re chopping and preparing food you can see what you’re doing, at the end of a long hard day maybe you’d like to dim the lights, so think about ambient lighting.
Finally we need to think about storage, especially in smaller kitchens, You can go online or go to some kitchen showrooms to find a solution, like spice and bottle rack, and remember, if you are moving plumbing and electrics to factor this into your budget at the beginning or in the planning stage of the project.
Drawing your plan
So to visualize your ideas ,and get your plan across to your being cue design consultant or to your builder, it’s best to get everything down on paper, don’t panic, it doesn’t have to be perfect. you can get a piece of paper and just make a rough outline and start plotting where you like things to be. starting in one corner of the room ,taking your time just measure each wall individually and then plot that onto your paper . it’s also really useful to mark the positions of doors windows and any existing plumbing or electrical sockets, remember this is only a guide.
If you would prefer, you could always take your measurements in store and the design consultants will do the rest. don’t forget to take your list of what you do and you don’t like about your current kitchen, along with your mood board any swatches and sources of inspiration, remember your design consultant is not a mind-reader, and the more information you can give them about your dream kitchen the closer you’ll get to achieving it.
now with all that information, they will produce a 3d image of your kitchen to help see if all your practical and design considerations have been taken care of.