Choosing a new kitchen is one of the most exciting projects when it comes to renovating the home. It can also be the most expensive, stressful and time-consuming. From picking the right style to finding a designer and agreeing the layout, how to plan a kitchen involves a lot of thought.
However tempted you may feel to rush into a showroom and choose your design, it’s vital that you take plenty of time to consider what it is you really want, and guess what, giving yourself that time will also help us to help you.
As you enter the new year, we want to break this process down for you, so that you can see that as big as taking a project like this on might be, it need not be overwhelming
So where to start?
The first thing we would suggest is that you have a good old-fashioned clear-out! I am sure you know that there are items in your kitchen that you haven’t used for years, so let’s get the excess baggage out of the way. Next, why don’t you look around your existing space and make a list of all the things you like and dislike about it.
Assessing the space is vital when it comes to custom kitchen design and is one of the first things we typically ask our customers, so we know how much space we have to work with.
Space impacts lots of things from storage options to budget. As an example, a smaller space may mean being clever with storage options, whereas a larger kitchen can have more worktop space for appliances
The next thing we would recommend is that you ask yourself a really simple question, ‘what do I need?’
Here are some really good questions to ask:
- What don’t I like about my current kitchen?
- How do I want my new space to work?
- Do I like modern or traditional designs?
- What is my total budget?
- What are my top 5 kitchen must-haves?
Breaking the planning process into manageable steps will make the process of getting your custom designed kitchen a little easier. Think of it as a journey and give each step all the time and consideration it needs.
Have a great weekend and Happy New Year
Clinton and Fiona