So a little while ago, my mum was doing some home renovations and I pretty much (with little experience) ended up planning her entire kitchen design for her!
Her kitchen is medium sized and a very practical space (she loves to cook) and I amazed myself by how much I enjoyed researching and designing a space for her.
It was SO important to find a good reputable builder and a trustworthy supplier, someone with a large range who would provide a good service – somewhere like Kitchen Warehouse which allows you to build a custom space.
So here are some steps I took in designing her kitchen:
1. Decide what you need, what you don’t
Duh, this is obvious right? But sometimes there is dead space (for example my mum had some cupboards in a weird position that she never ever used) so we decided to use some pull out drawers which would make it easier to access things.
She did not have a dishwasher, so we decided to add one of those and a built in microwave to save tabletop space.
I found Pinterest really useful for finding inspirational images. Even though some may not seem to fit perfectly, you can take some design ideas, such as for paint or tiles. There are also kitchen magazines you can buy if you prefer a paper copy.
The obvious one. Kitchens can vary in price but you will expect to spend a few thousand pounds on one. Adding everything up will help you decide what appliances, Kitchen Units, decorations etc. you can afford.
4. Get a designer!
As well as finding a good builder or building company, you will want to get a designer in who can help you check that all your units will fit, and everything makes sense. We went to a company who could help us outline the kitchen to make sure everything would be in the right place, and it made sense in relation to where the plumbing is etc. Getting someone to make sure everything is right (your builder will help with this too) saves money in the long run.
5. The Kitchen Work Triangle
There is something called the ‘triangle’ which says that the most important parts of your kitchen is the fridge, sink and cooker. A good layout I supposed to let you move between the three like a ‘triangle’. If you have a large kitchen, it definitely makes sense, also remember the work surface needs to be nearby and a bin for food prep!
Everyone needs more storage, right? We added more units where possible even if it seems like they aren’t necessary now, there’s always a need for more room in the future.
7. Something timeless
Obviously, if you like something quirky, then go for something quirky. We decided on quite a classic design with light greyish green units what wouldn’t date too quickly. A kitchen is a big commitment so it is something that you won’t tire of too quickly. Instead we added more character by adding nice, inexpensive accessories.
I hope I have given you some ideas.
Have you redesigned any part of your home lately?
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