Updating a kitchen can be one of the most expensive and difficult rooms to organize, this is because of the skill and expertise needed in making it functional and aesthetically pleasing, and planning where to place all the appliances. Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, flat pack, rigid construction, custom-built or non-fitted, what you eventually decide upon will be based on your preference and budget.
Generally you are limited as to where to place appliances in your kitchen, utility supply inlets and waste outlets are fixed and if you do want to move them it can be an expensive venture. This means you have to have a lot of imagination when designing a kitchen and this is where professionals can help. They are knowledgeable about all the latest ideas and designs that work in a limited space, know how to create extra floor space, and other technical details as to how to get the most from the area.
A consultant experienced in kitchen design will work very closely with you to achieve the look you are after. They will spend time with you to find out your priorities, ideas and goals before making a plan. Elements to discuss will include the size and shape of your kitchen, what facilities you hope to integrate in the space, how much cooking actually goes on there, and if the area is to be a social space as well as for food preparation and cooking.
Shop around when looking for kitchens for sale as there is a lot of choice to choose from and prices can vary considerable depending on the look you want to achieve. Visit your local kitchen design showroom and have a chat with the design consultants there to see what kinds of ideas they have. Pick up catalogues and brochures on your travels as this will help identify what styles and materials you prefer, also look online as this is the best place to browse without any hassle from salespeople.
Investing in a fitted kitchen will be one of the biggest improvements you can make to your home, and it’s well-known that kitchens and bathrooms are the key sellers of any home. Available in a wide range of styles and materials to suit all tastes and budget these days the whole choosing and design process is simplified by the use of various design programmes that can show you in 3D what the finished product would look like. Choosing the right appliances are also an important part of a fitted kitchen, from fridge freezers, dishwashers, washing machines, ovens, even down to the hobs, oven hoods, taps and sinks, and these can be incorporated into the plan. You can see whether or not it fits your dimensions and suits the rest of the units, etc., and you don’t even have to spend any money.
Whether looking for a contemporary or classic design, rustic or minimalist, the final quote will depend on your specifications. You can either pay the balance in full with no interest, or get a finance package where the payments can be spread out over a period of months to make it affordable.
You will generally have to make an appointment with a kitchen design professional to discuss the specifications, this can either be arranged at the store or some companies will come to your house to discuss ideas and measure up while they are there. Once they have your input they will then draw up a plan of your kitchen and any modifications can be made quite easily.
You can find stores online that offer virtual kitchen planners which means you can plan your space, try out different looks as much as you want and see how each one creates a totally new look, and you don’t even have to leave home! Build a 3D scale model of your kitchen and view it from every angle, adding appliances, changing materials and layouts as often as you wish until you create the perfect kitchen for you. Then simply save it, and go into the store for a quote.
Kathryn Dawson writes articles for KDCUK, a team of highly experienced kitchen specialists supplying kitchen sale info, design tips and advice for any fitted kitchen you require. Whether you are looking for kitchens for sale, new kitchen fittings or just want to be inspired, KDCUK has a UK showroom where you can find creative ideas for your next kitchen refurbishment, or simply speak to one of their experts on bespoke kitchen solutions.