As the days get lighter, you may think it’s time for some serious spring cleaning. Better yet, some refurbishments may even be in order! If the kitchen is an area that needs a brand new design then follow these tips to ensure everything goes to plan.
Plan for lighting in your new kitchen
The best thing about planning a new kitchen in spring is that you can get a better idea of what your kitchen space will look like in natural light. What’s more, you can assess the artificial lighting that you may need for when the sun goes down. As the days are getting lighter you can see how natural light spreads itself across your room. This will indicate the ideal window sizes or if you should consider patio doors. As it gets darker, you can determine not only how much lighting you will need, but the type of lighting you should go for.
Consider your kitchen units
Think about what you want from your kitchen units. Do you want a simple design that blends in with every season, or do you want one that truly enhances warmth and light throughout the sunny months? There are many designs to choose from, but glass units can really open up your space.
Designing an open plan kitchen
If you have enough room, an open plan kitchen can really welcome the spring and summer months. This is a great solution if you intend to use your kitchen as a space for socialising as well as cooking. British weather isn’t always so welcoming, so an open plan kitchen also creates a fantastic backup choice if you need to move the barbeque indoors!
The layout of your kitchen can have a huge impact on the flow of your daily tasks. If you want the perfect kitchen in time for spring, this is something you should take into consideration before anything else. It’s imperative that you think through the circulation and look at how people will move to and from certain areas within the space. For example, if you choose to have a kitchen that opens out into the garden, it’s a common mistake people make is having this as the main way in and out of the house. You don’t want to be taking hot dishes out the oven while children are running across your path.
Know where to spend and where to save
There are many misconceptions about where you should scrimp and where you should save on your new kitchen. It helps to know what’s truly worth investing in and where you can take a step back. We even have a handy guide to help you decide!
Be realistic about your budget
The one thing you need to always keep in mind is how much you want to spend. This is something you should address with your designer from the very beginning so that they can help find the materials you desire within a price range you can afford. Don’t forget to allow an extra 10 per cent in case any setbacks come your way.
How do you want to use the kitchen?
What is the main purpose of you wanting this new kitchen? Are you looking for a space that can bring the garden indoors on sunny days? Do you want to create a social kitchen so that everyone can be in one room at the same time? Is it a family friendly space you’re after? This is something you should think about clearly, especially when considering your kitchen layout.
Stick to a time schedule
If you want your kitchen complete this spring, you need to get a move on. Delayed start dates or drawn out works can have a huge impact on everything else, right up to the completion. Any changes you make in the middle can slow down the job.
Talk to Euan Begg
If you think it’s time to get started on your new kitchen, then what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms today to see how we can create your perfect kitchen this spring.