The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home, and these days we expect our kitchens to work hard. We want them to be useful, have all the latest gadgets and conveniences, to offer a place to meet as a family and to reflect the style of our homes. Quite a challenge!
The first stage when deciding on a new kitchen is to choose the style. There are many different design styles available, but they broadly fall into three categories, modern, traditional or Shaker. Modern kitchens typically have a high-shine, fuss free finish. While simple, modern kitchens can have a real impact and the use of bold colours can deliver high on the wow factor.
Traditional kitchens offer an all-together different look and feel. Natural materials give a warm and cosy impression and extra-detailing such as canopies and pilasters add to the look.
Shaker-inspired kitchens are incredibly popular and can often be dressed to look modern or more traditional; available in a wide range of finishes they suit most property types.
Once chosen, the next stage is to design the layout. Designing a kitchen is now easier than ever before, most kitchen suppliers offer design services and this will see a kitchen designer work with your measurements to find the optimum layout. 3D drawings are often supplied.
While the service of a kitchen designer is undoubtedly useful, it is always worth running the design past your kitchen fitter before you order. Kitchen fitters and other skilled tradespeople, work every day on installing kitchens and this experience may mean they can offer ideas and tips to maximise your space and obtain the optimum layout.
When planning your kitchen, think about how you use the space. If you would like to be able to spend more time together as a family, but don’t have room for a table, ask your kitchen fitter whether a breakfast bar could be included. If cooking is your passion, you will no doubt need plenty of storage for ingredients and gadgets, so make this your priority. A useful rule of thumb when considering the location of appliances is to try to form a triangle between the hob, the sink and the fridge, by doing so experts believe this will create the most efficient layout, helping your kitchen run smoothly.
For kitchen fitters and skilled tradespeople, managing a customer’s expectations and their various requirements is all in a day’s work! Many people will only purchase a new kitchen once or twice in their lifetime, so for a kitchen fitter, guiding a customer through the process is an important aspect of the job. When choosing a kitchen fitter often topping a customer’s ‘need to know’ list is, how much it will cost and how long it will take.
In terms of cost, a kitchen fitter is a skilled tradesperson so you should budget a reasonable amount to get the work done. As with any work, obtain three quotes for comparison but also consider other factors such as workmanship and recommendations.
Living without a kitchen, even for a few days can be tough and fitting a new kitchen can take anything from a few days up to two weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the kitchen.
While a skilled tradesperson, will no doubt be able to predict how long the kitchen will take, unforeseen circumstances do crop up, so best to allow a day or two either side of the timeframe.
Once the kitchen is installed, the look can be completed with wall and floor tiles, new paint and accessories and there you have it, your dream kitchen complete at last!
If you’re in need of help planning and designing your next dream kitchen, visit a local Jewson Kitchens showroom for further assistance and guidance.