The Process Of Buying a New Kitchen
Buying a new kitchen is not something you do every day, so understandably there are a lot of unknowns and it can be a daunting prospect, which is why we thought it would be helpful to break the process down in to easy to follow steps
Step 1 This is the fun bit list all the things you would have in your dream kitchen, maybe it's the ever-popular kitchen island, a pantry or a wine cooler.
This is the perfect time to consider the layout of your kitchen, it could be that your kitchen is already in the optimal layout, if not now is the time to make those changes.
If space is tight can a wall be knocked down to make more space ? or if the room is open plan you might want to consider a utility room
Think about how your family uses the space, do you need somewhere for the kids to do their homework, do you and your partner need space to be able to cook together?
Step 3, choose a style,
Think about the look you are wanting to achieve is it the modern take on the traditional shaker style is a classic look that never dates, choose from a factory paint finish or hand painted
mixture of colours
modern inear handle less
psrt of the look is deciding on the type of sink, belfast or undermonted , lighting
Think about the appliances you are wanting
It is important to think about the appliances you are wanting, so they can be incorperated into your desin, have you set your heart on you an americanstyle fridge or would you prefer the appliances hidden away. Ovens are you happy to bend downto take things out of the oven or would you prefer them at eye level . or are you wanting a freestanding range cooker, with a feature chimney/mantel above . These elements will all have an impact on the design of your kitchen and they are the sort of questions your designer will ask you
with kicthens now becoming more of a mulit purpose social space the need for efficient extraction is more important than ever with lots of design options to choose from pendants, pop upextrators incorperated into the hob,
Step 4, Set a budget
This is an important step
As a general rule of thumb, you should spend a minimum of 5% and a maximum of 15% based on the current value of your home. For example, if your house is worth £250,000, you should spend between £12,500 to £37,500 in order to see a return on your investment if you decide to sell the property. However, if you’re planning on staying in your home for a long period, then spend as much as you can afford to make sure it’s a kitchen that will stand the test of time. Once you have your wish list and you have set a budget it is time for step 3
Lighting is an important aspect to consider
Step 4 Find a designer
This is an important next step, you have thought about what you would love to have , you have an idea of the style you are after this is the person who will discuss your wish list, the look you are after, your budget and how you use your kitchen and be able to not only design something that is aesthetically pleasing but also a design that works for you and your family.
Your designer will produce a rendered cad drawings for your new kitchen giving an accurate idea of what your finished kitchen will look like and then discuss what you like or don't like and would like to change
Most good designers will be able to work within your budget and while that may mean you don't get to have everything on your wish list, they will help you decide which items are the must-haves and which you would like to have but are not important enough to sacrifice something else for
There are ways of tweaking the design slightly, there may be a detail that is not crucial to your design that could be done differently without compromising the design,
It is also the time to discuss the type of worktop you are wanting, quartz, granite, corian
It is also a good time to look at how other components such as flooring or wall tiles will fit in with your scheme
Usually, the designer will arrange the fitting, this is recommended as fitting is really important but the kitchen is fitted properly but the designer will also be willing to supply only if you have arranged your own fitter
Most designers will offer what is known as a dry fit, so any plumbing and electrics will be carried out
by a separate company but they can also provide a full service and will organise the other trades if that is what you would prefer
step 5 the process
So all the desisions have been made and your kitchen is on order, you may thing all the hard work has been done but now it is time to go through all your old posessions broken items etc
The process of fitting the kitchen depending on the size can take up to a week, so if you are livng in the house at this time it is a good idea if possible a to set up a kicthen in a seperate part of the house with a mircowave toaster kettle etc away from the dust fridge freezer
removing the old kitchen, laying new floor, moving pluming electircs etc
All that is left to do now is sit back and enjoy what you have created for many years to come