It’s the start of a brand new year, so the perfect time to tackle that one big job you’ve been putting off for ages – the kitchen. The first thing to do is to decide whether your kitchen simply needs a spruce-up or a whole new refit.
Decide how much you want to change
If your existing kitchen is looking tired, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to rip out the whole thing and replace it. There are lots of things you can do to bring it up to scratch that are much easier and cheaper, such as replacing doors, handles and worktops. If you are doing up the kitchen with the intention of selling your house, bear this in mind – many buyers will want to put their own stamp on a kitchen so it wouldn’t be a good idea to spend a lot of money redoing the whole room.
Steps for planning a brand new kitchen
If you’re kicking off 2016 bursting with ideas for a brand new kitchen from scratch, here are the key planning steps you need to take to make it happen:
- Get accurate measurements. Before you do anything, make yourself a plan of the room including accurate measurements of all relevant distances, including ceiling heights and distances between windows and doors. There are even tools you can find online to help you plan your layout.
- Make a list of must-haves. If there are certain things you want in your dream kitchen, such as large range cookers or island units, make a list of them and start putting them into your layout. It may be that you find your ideas are unrealistic in the space you have available, or your budget.
- Come up with a budget. With a list of must-haves, you should be getting a better idea of how much everything will cost. Do a bit more research, especially on the crucial process of kitchen fitting, and come up with an estimated budget that you should aim to stick to.
- Think carefully about the layout. There are several things to think about here. Firstly, think about the problems in your old kitchen and ways you can avoid or alleviate them in the new design. You should also think about how much workspace you need and in what areas it will be most useful. Lastly, all the key elements – cooker, fridge and sink – should have a harmonious and functional relationship with one another, so that its easy and natural to move from one to the other.
- Speak to an expert. Having made a start on the layout, and with measurements and a wish-list in mind, you’re now ready to speak to a kitchen design expert to get some advice. There are many services you can use, such as from the place you intend to buy your kitchen or from your kitchen fitting professional.
For expert advice on all aspects of kitchen fitting, from refreshing doors and worktops to installing a new kitchen from scratch, get in touch with A&J Kitchens.