The modern day kitchen isn’t just necessarily just a standard kitchen as we once knew it. Yes it has to perform the basics of food and associated tools storage, food preparation and cooking. But it can also be a room to socialise in, spend family time, entertain, chill out, work from home, do hobbies, and perform any other pastimes that you see fit to enjoy. The finite space in the kitchen can be reconfigured to work for you, and could even extended out to incorporate other spaces, internally and externally.
You may well have had time to note down what has been driving you nuts and what you would love to have. If you are not sure what the possibilities are, here is a list of some things you might also want to bear in mind.
Project size – Your budget may be large enough for a grander project like a house extension which incorporates a kitchen and maybe a utility room, often open plan for a large social space. The more common projects are where you just have a complete new kitchen to replace your old one, with a slightly more ambitious version of this having an internal wall removed to typically open up the old separate formal kitchen & dining rooms. More modest projects are where your existing kitchen has cabinets that are in a condition that you are happy with but you don’t like the overall look anymore and just require new worktops and/or doors and maybe a few other extras.
General kitchen layout – Most of the time the room size and shape dictates the layout of the kitchen, unless of course you extend or remove a wall to gain more space and flexibility. Fixed items such as doors and windows will influence the layout. The one wall kitchen is just that, one straight run against one wall. The galley kitchen has two parallel runs on opposite walls. The L shape has two perpendicular runs. The U shape follows round with three runs. The G shape adds a fourth run usually with a peninsular. The island kitchen is often one of the first four plus the island. Doors, windows, walkways, and services have to be considered
Themes – Family, chilling, or just cooking etc.
Styles – traditional or modern.
Colours – light, dark, and colours.
Appliances – Large and small, from cold food storage to hot food cooking, as well as any cleaning appliances.
Water – sink, taps and waste water.
Storage in the available space – You may have a large variety of items to store. Obviously, everything food, but also waste, as well as any other function required.
Working space – triangle, worktop use, logical placement.
Access – to your items, as well as gaps and height.
Lighting – ceiling, workspace, ambient.
Other finishes – floor, walls, heating.
Team required – building, electrics, plumbing, plastering, flooring, wall finishing, decorating, kitchen installation.
Budget – ball park figures to give you a rough idea.
Initial consultation – at home 1st visit, design studio showroom & extra visits – delivery and working space.
Design – initial design as a starting point, further designs.
Schedule – the timetable of all works required.
Project manager – you, us, or a third party like an interior designer or builder.
Aftercare – test everything, minor adjustments and ongoing maintenance.
What’s next – contact us.