5 Essential tips when planning your new kitchen

by | 23 Apr 2022

Modern J-pull graphite kitchen

Written by Maggie Talbot

Maggie is the owner and creator of Interiors by MT design Ltd and has been in the kitchen industry since 1999. Helping busy home owners create the kitchen of their dreams.

1: Budget

This is the most important factor when you are planning a new kitchen. All other decisions will depend on this one decisions. Though you may feel that you do not have a budget, you will certainly have an expectation of what you are comfortable paying for your new kitchen. The price of your kitchen can vary greatly depending on a lot of different factors, so it is important to be upfront with your designer as this saves time. Knowing your budget enables your designer to direct you to the product that suits your budget.

But how do you work out a budget? Well with just a few questions you have can this nailed down.

  • Firstly, ask yourself, how long do you intend living in this home?
  • Secondly, where is the money coming from. Do you have saving, are you re-mortgaging your home or another way?
  • Thirdly, is there any other work you are considering for your home and over what time frame?
  • Finally, is there anything else in your life that you are considering purchasing holidays etc.?

The answer to these questions will give you an approx. figure

2: Timescale

It is wise to consider what your timescale for the completion of your project will be, not forgetting flooring and decorating. Think, are there any major events you are planning that need to be taken into consideration? The average kitchen install take approx. 2 weeks, not including decorating.

Most people take 3-6 months deciding on a kitchen design, as there are a lot of decisions to be made, it can be overwhelming at times. Don’t underestimate the amount of decisions, from handles, colours, worktops, door style, wall colour, appliances, sink & taps to name but a few. Delivery and installations lead-times can have a big effect. If you are going for a hand painted or a German kitchen these can be long lead-times. The average order lead-time is 4-6 weeks.

Projects can also run over, so be prepared for this too.

3: How do you see the space being used

Having a functional kitchen layout is probably more important than style and colours. Though these are important elements, and you will be asked about what style you are considering.

Do you love cooking, or maybe space for the family or entertaining? Other Important things to consider, are the flow of the kitchen & appliance location. Where do all the doors lead to, and which one will be the main entrances. When you bring the shopping home where do you put all the bags before putting it away?

4: Appliances

Well, this can be a minefield, as the appliance market is huge. It is also an area where you can save money. Firstly, consider what new appliances you will require, are you able to reuse any of your existing appliances. Consider the location of each appliance, i.e. Are you thinking of having a built-in microwave? you may have to think what height this is placed. Remember you must be able to operate the appliance.

5: Finally, kitchen range & worktops

Finally, you get to talk about the kitchen range and worktops, which is what most of us like the best. We get to play with colours and make the fun decisions. This is all down to personal choice, though points to consider are the size of your room and how much natural light comes into the room. How long you intend to stay in your home or even do you go off things easily? If this is not your forever home, you may be wise to go for a neutral colour pallet and introduce your colour by painting the wall or other accessories.

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