Kitchens are the heart of our homes and therefore should be both practical, functional, as well as look beautiful. If you’re considering a new kitchen renovation, think about what you want to achieve from your new space before diving in…
your dream kitchen wish list!
Write down what you want from your kitchen to help create your project brief. You may find this process easier by asking yourself questions relating to your kitchen, e.g, why do you want a new kitchen? …then writing your answer, e.g, more storage. Your answers will then go on to form your brief. Keep in mind your budget and refer to this initial brief throughout the project.
Measure your space including all windows, doors, and ceiling height. And look out various layouts, eg, galley, horseshoe, L shape, which fits the brief. Also consider sink & appliance positions and ensure they can connect to existing plumbing positions.
You will also need to think about ventilation for the extractor fan and look at the amount of electrical points… do you need to include more? (nearly always yes!). What lighting to you want to include? Do you require task and ambient lighting? How will you use the space?
Imagine yourself being in the space…
Sounds silly, but close your eyes and imagine yourself in your dream kitchen. Are you on your own or is someone there with you? Is there enough space? Do you see your new space as sociable? What does it look like? What sort of style do you want to achieve? Would you prefer minimal contemporary? Or more traditional shaker style? What does your kitchen worktop look like? Is it composite, laminate or natural stone?
Now, take a pen & paper and write it all down! This is the beginning of your kitchen mood board!
(as an aside, if you’re local to Brighton, I really rate Lincolns worktops)
Check lead-in times for kitchens (which can be 12 – 16 weeks and make sure you have enough time and that all trades are scheduled in at the right times. Also, if you are staying at home whilst the renovation is underway, do you have somewhere temporary to store & prepare food?
I hope this has been helpful!
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