Choosing a new kitchen is one of the most thrilling projects when it comes to a home renovation. It can also be costly, stressful and time-consuming. It’s extremely vital to take the time to consider what it is you really want and how much it will cost. Breaking the planning process into steps that are manageable will make the process easier. So, start your year right with careful planning before you get started on your dream kitchen.
Planning your New Kitchen: Assess all your Needs
First, declutter. We mentioned this last week when discussing considerations for a new kitchen, so we’ll keep this brief. Simply go through everything and asses what you do and don’t need and determine what storage solutions you may wish to consider.
Consider Plumbing and Heating
Testing your current plumbing situation is an extremely important factor in planning your new kitchen. If you plan to implement a kitchen island containing a sink or other plumbing-based appliances, you need to look at your current plumbing situation to determine what steps you will need to take and how much it will cost. However, we suggest keeping all plumbing appliances close together. This will keep any plumbing changes simple.
Think about your Lighting Options
When it comes to planning your lighting, being flexibility is key. This will enable you to regulate areas of your kitchen independently. Secondary lighting, such as task lighting above cooking stations and prep areas, is also useful. Everyone has their own kitchen system, so it’s important to consider your own habits to ensure you can create the best lighting system possible.
You could have either a million ideas about what you want your new kitchen to look like or simply no clue. Wherever your head may be, getting inspiration can really help determine what you definitely want. Pull pages from catalogues and magazines, look on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. You may think you want one thing, but inspiration from elsewhere could demonstrate some practical and stylish options you may have overlooked.
Talk to a Kitchen Designer
How could we provide you with this list without mentioning the beloved kitchen designer? This is another wonderful option if you need help with narrowing down how you want your kitchen to look and function. A kitchen designer, such as Euan Begg, is there to bring you the kitchen that you will love for many years to come. We can offer a free design visit to assess your current situation and to see your kitchen’s potential.
Set your Budget
It is important to be honest with both yourself and your kitchen designer when it comes to your budget. Don’t convince yourself that you can stretch the money further than actually possible. Being honest with your designer can help them to accurately advise you on where to spend and save. It’s also important to ensure that your budget includes a 10 per cent contingency fund in case there are any unexpected costs.
Once you have covered the main areas of your kitchen design, you need to consider the finishing touches. Think about furnishing such as bar stools and cushions for bar stools, as well as other things that will make your kitchen feel unique to you. This is a good area to work with a smaller budget as you can shop second-hand for some truly one of a kind items that will complement your kitchen design.
Talk to the Experts
As mentioned, talking to a kitchen designer can do wonders to bring you the kitchen you will truly love and appreciate. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms can offer a free home design visit to help you to see what your kitchen could look like and how space can be utilised for the better purpose. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help.