Steps In Kitchen Remodel – Part A
Over the course of the next few posts we will be giving advice about the early stages of your kitchen, so from thinking about, to the planing and design of your kitchen. A common question people have is I need a new kitchen, where do I start? So we will be addressing this over the course of the next few posts.
If you’re thinking of a new Kitchen, many people find it a minefield of things to consider. Doors, cabinets, worktops, sinks, taps, appliances and internal fitments are just a few things you will need to consider before you make your final decision, but, these are details and not necessarily the best place to start.
Our top advice is put the technical details to one side for the moment and think of some basics first. Establishing a starting point will give you a basis to expand on rather than swamp your mind with lots of intricate details.
Here are 7 Design Top Tips for Steps In Kitchen Remodel – Part A – Before You Even Start Designing The Layout.
DESIGN TOP TIP 1: Decide on how you intend to use your kitchen
The best kitchen designs will always be based on how you intend to use the room. Fundamentally this breaks down into two groups, working kitchens and entertainment centres. Family homes tend to be working kitchens, as everything needs to be highly practical, functional and easy to clean.
Some people though will do a lot of entertaining and use the kitchen as a focal point so will want the room not only to look stunning but have plenty of eye catching features and technology that make a statement. In reality though, everybody wants their kitchen to look stunning but be highly practical at the same time so all kitchens have a bit of both and getting that balance right is key. We would recommend this is the first question you should ask yourself though as it will define where you proceed from here.
DESIGN TOP TIP 2: Create a wish list of what you want the most
Remember the best designs will always be based around your wants and needs so once you’ve decided how you intend to use the room, make a wish list. At this stage, don’t think about how it will fit, simply write down a list of what you really want in your kitchen the most. It’s a good idea to do a his and hers wish list, so go into separate rooms and write the lists apart from each other then come back together and pool your ideas.
It’s really important that you think of what you want the most and not think of trying to put something in for your partner, you could be really surprised at the different ideas you come up with. Remember you are trying to create your dream kitchen and this is a wish list so at this stage don’t dismiss anything, just come up with your top pick preferences.
DESIGN TOP TIP 3: Get the family involved
If you’ve a young family we’d always recommend getting the kids involved at an early stage. Children have very expansive minds and tend to think outside of the box and can come up with some quite stunning ideas. As adults we tend to be restricted by the protocols of what we have always known so having a Childs input can help to create inspirational designs.
Some people find having a kitchen designed and fitted can be very stressful. Make it a family experience, it will help to alleviate some of the stresses and make the whole process much more enjoyable.
DESIGN TOP TIP 4: Prioritise your ideas
Once you’ve created your wish list your probably starting to think how do we manage to fit this all in? Strip it down to the must haves. Don’t disregard your other ideas and keep a record of these, as you may be surprised at what good designers can incorporate, but prioritise on what you see as the most essential items that must be included in your new kitchen. steps in kitchen remodel
DESIGN TOP TIP 5: Don’t argue but be prepared to negotiate
Whatever happens it’s highly likely you will have differences of opinion. That’s natural and healthy as we are all different and don’t necessarily think alike. We wouldn’t want you creating extra stresses by getting into arguments so use your top preferences as bargaining chips and negotiate with each other so you can all have your own input into the design and content.
If everyone has something of their own in the new kitchen it will be exclusively yours and fulfil your needs and wishes, and with everyone having had a significant input. Strangely, when negotiating in this way it can also be quite fun. Enjoy the process as much as you can, as it will make the decision making easier.
DESIGN TOP TIP 6: Take advice from people that have done it before.
Try and find friends, family or colleagues that have recently had a kitchen designed and talk it through with them. If you’ve never had a kitchen designed before they will have a greater knowledge than yourself and can guide you through the pitfalls.
It’s also likely that they may come up with some ideas that could be included, on what went right on their design and on what went wrong. Always go in with an open mind though as remember we all think differently and what was right for them might not be right for you. Take on board their advice but never forget this kitchen is exclusively yours and should reflect your needs, your passions and your desires.
DESIGN TOP TIP 7: Do it all with a smile on your face
It can be stressful having your kitchen designed and there will be a lot of decisions to make. The more relaxed you are about the whole process, the easier it will be to make decisions. Smile and have a laugh about it. The more fun you make it the more you will love your kitchen when it is complete.
So we’ve gone through some basics, what do you do now?
Do everything we’ve suggested above and then start thinking about the layout. Our next blog will give you some top tips on layout so please continue to follow the post as we will be giving you as much information as you need on designing your kitchen. We have already run detailed blogs on worktops but will be following up with information on doors, cabinets, sinks & taps and appliances to help you make a decision.
In the meantime if you feel you are ready to talk to someone about your kitchen design, please do not hesitate to contact us; we would love to talk to you. Although currently we concentrate our efforts on kitchen installation, we have years of experience in the designing of kitchens and are expanding the business, so we can offer the complete package to people, design, supply and install. Please do keep us in mind if you are thinking about having you kitchen done, come and chat with us and we will be happy to advise, design, quote, supply and install your kitchen for you. Keep an eye out as we will soon be launching our kitchen range.
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