Home Design: Planning your new Kitchen
If you’re planning on installing a new kitchen, it may seem like there’s simply too much to do to know where to start. They key is forward planning and preparation – getting a full strategy together before you start will make the process quicker and easier for all involved. Here’s a run-down of the basics, to get you started.
The first thing to consider should be your budget, so you know exactly what you’re aiming for, and can let your designer know what your limits are. This way the contractors have a clear understanding of which direction to go with the project, making it easier to select designs and materials. Do some online research into available installers – and go for best value rather than just the cheapest!
You need to find out how long your installation will take, and how much you’ll be able to work around it. If it’s only a day or two, you can probably get along by just dining out, but any longer than that and it may become a problem. Drawing up a timeline will allow you to be more prepared.
Having workers in the house can be disruptive, and you’ll need to find ways to deal with the added strain. When choosing a company, look out for customer service reviews as well, as this will give you a good idea of how easy the installers are to work with, and consider setting up a temporary kitchen elsewhere in the house if the project is expected to take a long time. If possible, arrange your new kitchen build in the summer months, when it’s easier to cook and eat outdoors!
Think about the things you do in your kitchen – everything from chopping vegetables to washing dishes. You want to make sure that your kitchen is designed with you in mind, so now is your chance to include the things you’ve always wanted to have. Ensure that there are practical elements that will really help you, rather than being there just for novelty.
The design of your kitchen is as important as any other room in the home – the kitchen is just as much a living area as it is a working room, and you want to ensure that you can still enjoy the company of your family in a comfortable, relaxed space. We tend to use the kitchen a lot for entertaining and socialising, as well as cooking, eating, washing, cleaning… the list could go on and on, so make sure your final design is one the whole family is happy to spend time in!
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