A new kitchen design is an important decision for any home owner. Your kitchen is the hub of your house – a family room that needs to be welcoming as well as practical, comfortable to sit in, but hygienic and well designed for food preparation too.
Kitchen design: function comes first
All of this means that it’s vital to get the design right at the start. So to help you, here are my 10 top tips that anyone who is looking to design a new website needs to consider.
1. Plan way ahead
There’s no ideal kitchen shape and the outcome or a galley kitchen, U- or L-shape will depend on the size of the room, the space and built-in features and the overall desired outcome – do you want a family room, a kitchen-diner, or is it solely somewhere to prepare food? When I work with clients redesigning a kitchen, function usually needs to come first, so we try and plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with space between each for ease of movement. Knowing all the possible uses you will have for your new kitchen, before we start the design process, will make the build and finished product all the better.
2. Make room for storage
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are planning their new kitchen is not to allow enough space for storage. Most people’s kitchens store lots of items and applications. The less storage space in cupboards and draws, the more you will end up cluttering your countertops.
3. Lighting options can make or break your kitchen design
Unlike in other rooms of the house, you will most likely have a need for relaxing light for eating as well as brighter spots for your workspaces. Overhead lighting on it’s own can cast annoying shadows on the worktops. Under-cabinet lights can be very useful as they shine directly on your work space.
4. You can never have too much worktop space
In my experience, there’s no such thing as too much worktop space, especially in a busy family kitchen. It’s also important to choose the right surface for your worktops. Something that’s easy to work on, but easy to clean and maintain as well.
5. Make the most of the chance for a fresh start
A new kitchen is a great opportunity to start afresh with new white goods and kitchen items. It might seem as though you’re saving money by reusing old items, but an old appliance will stick out like a sore thumb in a new environment. You can often find other ways to economise and still have the perfect new kitchen you want.
6. Remember that your new appliances need power and space
Many people realise too late that they don’t have enough power points, or that the gas main needs to be re-routed to fit the design. This can cause major headaches to the build time. The positions of your appliances and fixtures will need to be planned properly so that you have enough plug sockets to cope. It’s also important to measure your appliances to ensure that they fit comfortably into allocated spaces. If a dishwasher is crammed in, you could find that you have trapped the hose, leading to all kinds of problems later on.
7. Think about safety issues
If your new kitchen design is going to be a family kitchen, it’s important to make it as safe and child-friendly as you can. Safety-conscious elements such as rounded worktops, slip-resistant flooring and ovens located at adult height to minimise the chances of burns are all important considerations. A little bit of thought can reduce risks dramatically.
8. Don’t underestimate the importance of ventilation
Kitchens do get hot, and smokey when you’re cooking. A good cooker hood extractor really helps to ventilate cooking odours. The best ones are efficient, quiet and vented outside, so that they keep the kitchen smoke, grease and odour free.
9. Take out the trash!
Don’t forget to plan for the kitchen bin, and the many recycling bins we now have. With many designs bins don’t have to be on show, but can cleverly disguised behind cabinet doors. Or if you prefer a sleek, stainless-steel bin that is a feature of the kitchen, make sure you know where it’s going to be placed.
10. Don’t look down?
People often forget the flooring altogether when they design their kitchen. The best types of kitchen flooring are slip-resistant, easy to maintenance and simple to clean. Stone floors look fantastic in some kitchens, but they can need periodic resealing. Remember that your floors will wear out faster by the fridge, cooker and sink areas. If in doubt have a chat with me, and I will help you find the best solution for your budget.
Most important of all, know your budget and don’t be afraid to stick to it. If you have any questions about your kitchen design, contact Euan today. Find out more about our service and what makes us a great choice for your kitchen redesign project.