A Guide to Creating the Perfect Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s not just a place to cook and eat, it’s somewhere that friends and family gather and spend quality time together – which means it has to look and feel like a place that people want to spend time.
There are plenty of options to choose from when you’re creating your kitchen and sometimes it can all get a bit overwhelming, but this guide is here to help you from start to finish, from taking the first step and creating a budget to adding the finishing touches once everything is done. With this guide, you’ll have the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
Designing a new kitchen is a big project, so you need to ensure that you do plenty of research beforehand. First of all, look at what you like and dislike about your kitchen and make a list of all the things that you want to change, and then you can start thinking about how you would change them. Make a scrap book (or pin board) of all of the designs, colours and styles that you like about different kitchens and when you go to visit kitchen show rooms you’ll soon see what you like and what you don’t like and what would and wouldn’t work in your kitchen. Once you’ve got an idea of what you want you can start your formal planning process, planning will make the project run smoother and prevents delays or complications.
You’ll need to consider whether or not you need a builder or an architect. Are you planning an extension that requires plans to be drawn up? Does your new design require planning permission or building relations approval? You need to find this out at the start of the project as it will help you to avoid having to make costly changes later. It’s important to get a number of quotes and to contact builders well in advance. Choose your kitchen designer and make sure that they are on your wavelength. As important as style and price, is a designer who understands your family’s needs and takes note of your wish-list - pulling everything together to design your dream kitchen.