If you have a home in Cheshire or South Manchester, there’s never been a better time to consider a new kitchen design.
Home owners in Cheshire and South Manchester consistently state that the kitchen is the most important room in their family home. Traditionally, for many in the North West, the kitchen has been the hub of the house. It’s a family room that needs to be as welcoming as it is practical.
From conversations we have with clients about their Cheshire family kitchens, the space is not just used for cooking and eating, but for homework, socialising and entertaining and relaxing.
That means that your kitchen has to be comfortable to sit in, but hygienic and well designed for food preparation too. All of this means that it’s vital to get the design right at the start.
There is no ideal kitchen shape. U- or L-shape or a galley kitchen, all work and the design you go for always depends on the size of the room, the space and built-in features and the overall desired outcome . If you want a family room you will need more seating space, a kitchen-diner needs somewhere to sit and eat. If you are solely using your kitchen as somewhere to prepare food, then you need more work space.
Working with clients to redesigning a kitchen, function comes first, so try to have an idea about what you want your kitchen to be use for before you start looking at the shape of the space.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are planning and designing their new kitchen is not to allow enough storage space.
Think about the number of items you store and all the applications you use. The less storage space in cupboards and draws, the more you will end up cluttering your countertops. Which will limit the functionality of your kitchen.
Likewise, you imagining how you are using the kitchen will help you know how much workspace you need and how to light it. Most people want to have relaxing light for eating, but brighter spots for workspaces. Overhead lighting on it’s own can cast annoying shadows on the worktops, whereas, under-cabinet lights can be very useful as they shine directly on the work space.
Our experience is that there is 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.
Designing usually starts with the larger items, and remembering if you have enough power points to manage all the white goods! The last thing you need, is to realise too late that you haven’t got 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.
On top of that, don’t forget the flooring altogether. 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 us and we can help you find the best solution for your budget.
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
Most important of all, know your wishlist, know your budget and don’t be afraid to stick to it.
If you have any questions about your kitchen design, contact us today.
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