You’ve finally made the decision and it’s time for that long-awaited kitchen revamp. Unlike other rooms, the kitchen presents a different set of obstacles, with large kitchen appliances that must be correctly located, and the design is not something you can take a chance with. However daunting kitchen renovation might seem, it is much easier when approached step by step, and with that in mind, here is an easy to follow guide for kitchen remodelling.
- Planning – Like anything else, planning is the key to a successful kitchen renovation project, and before you do that, you really need to decide how far you are prepared to go. Is this going to be a radical transformation that involves knocking out walls? Or are you happy with the layout and just want to add some style and character to the room? Changing worktops and kitchen cabinet doors, for example, really does make a big difference aesthetically speaking, and with a few pendant lights and some made to measure blinds, your new kitchen is almost complete. Decide what stays and what doesn’t, then you can focus on the improvements.
- Layout – Look at your major appliances – cooker, sink and fridge – with a practical viewpoint. Are they close together? Is the fridge too far away from the food preparation area? The sink and worktop area should ideally be next to each other, and if you’re limited with space, consider narrowing down some of the ground cabinets. A few inches here and there will be enough to add one appliance, or, you could simply remove one cabinet. The layout is critical and once you’re happy with that, you can move on to the surfaces. Ideally, take a look at kitchen design basics to make sure you are in line with the professionals, then you can move ahead with confidence.
- Cabinet Doors & Worktops – We’re looking for a combination of looks and functionality here, and if the budget stretches that far, go with marble or granite for worktops, as they tick all the boxes – easy to clean, durable and very elegant. The timeless look of granite or travertine goes with any concept, with stunning patterns in pale greys or beige, and you can match with a breakfast bar or central table to complete the picture. Fixtures & fittings are next; with elegant Franke taps at Trading Depot, the UK’s leading online home improvement supplier and some suitable task lighting, you can create a unique ambience.
- Shading and Screening – Blinds are the way to go in a kitchen, they are easy to clean and offer complete control over shading and screening, and you simply must have these tailored to fit. Roller blinds come with quality fabrics and rich colours that allow you to make a statement, and once fitted, you’ll always have the right shading and screening.
Flooring options are many, yet you can’t beat luxury vinyl, as it offers both style and durability and is totally waterproof. A thin cork backing gives you the feel of real timber and the extensive catalogue of timber grain finishes gives you scope.
A professional kitchen designer would begin with a drawing and would add items, building up a clear picture, then with a costing (which should include everything) you can begin. If you buy from online suppliers, you will have a wider range of choices and their prices are likely to be lower than a traditional bricks and mortar outlet. For a reasonable price, you can transform your kitchen space, and you and your family will reap the benefits.