The kitchen is the heart of many homes, not only is it a place to cook up your favourite mercenaries, but it is also an area where you can host get togethers and social events with family and friends.
Analyse your existing kitchen
Use your current kitchen as a starting point – make a note of what you do and don’t like about it. What could be improved? Maybe the lack of workspace? Read through the various kitchen and interiors magazines for inspiration and make a note of the designs and accessories that impress you.
Try to have an idea of the design and colors before you visit kitchen showrooms. Given that there are so many other decisions to be made, this will help you to have a solid foundation from the start.
Set a budget
The amount of money that you are willing to spend on a kitchen will ultimately dictate where you get it from. Although your budget wont all be spent on appliances and cabinetry, so you should undergo some careful planning. For example, your kitchen project may involve building work – is this something that you plan to manage yourself or do you want a builder to take care of it for you? Even the most basic redesigns are likely to involve tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and electricians.
It is definitely worth choosing a kitchen company that offer to manage the project and take care of any preparatory building work etc. If you decide that you want under floor heating, you will need to choose worktops and flooring carefully. It’s important to remember that this can impact the type of floor you can have, this can cause cost implications.
Carefully plan the project
Get everything organized! If you are managing the project yourself, find out exactly what you need. Do you need an architect, interior designer, builder, plumber…? Do you need to obtain planning permission or meet building regulations? Carefully planning everything from the start will avoid making costly changes later.
Try to obtain at least six quotes and contact builders as soon as possible as all the best ones are usually booked up well in advance. If you hire a kitchen designer, make sure that you are both on the same page. Price and style are important factors, but so is a kitchen designer who understands the needs and requirements of your family.
Use the right professionals
Choosing the right professionals is an important part of getting a new kitchen. It’s recommended that you take the time to do your research and read reviews about the various kitchen manufacturers, plumbers, and builders. When it comes to choosing a tradesman, try and choose a professional that has been referred to you by friends or family. Working with the right people will definitely save you money in the long run.
New kitchens often come with new appliances. If you are purchasing your kitchen through a retailer you can usually get your appliances through them. If you want to buy the appliances separately there are some great deals available on the internet. Flooring, taps, worktops and sinks are usually supplied by the kitchen company but if you want to source them yourself, make sure that you have a schedule that will avoid any lengthy delays in delivery of your appliances or installations of flooring and worktops.
This is a guest post by David at Leekes Kitchens, David is a home improvement enthusiast that has written articles for numerous magazines and blogs.