A step-by-step guide for planning your kitchen renovation
When it comes to planning your new kitchen, it can be an exciting yet daunting prospect. However, our kitchen experts can help you plan your dream kitchen renovation no matter the size of the project. But before you get started, here is a simple guide to help you kick-start your planning.
What do you need? – It can be easy to get carried away in the creative design process, but it’s important to take a step back at the beginning and think about what you really need in your kitchen. Do you need space for a big family table or a double oven for those weekly Sunday roasts? Or have the children now moved out and a breakfast bar is all you need? If you are planning a large kitchen renovation, think about if the space works for you or if you need to knock down a wall or plan an extension.
Plumbing & electrics – These might seem like minor decisions, but if you are planning on moving your sink or want to include integrated appliances, you need to plan these upfront to ensure the pipework and electrics are in place. You should also plan your lighting early on in your kitchen design as spotlights and pendants require different fittings and you want to ensure the wiring is in place before you start decorating.
Set a budget – It can be easy to go over budget when taking on a kitchen renovation, so it’s important you set this out early on. Always be up-front with your kitchen designer about your budget as they will be able to advise on where to save and where to invest. For example, open shelving is really popular at the moment and it can save you hundreds on additional wall units.
Get inspired! – Finally, spend time researching magazines, social media and the web to find designs and styles that you like and build up a collection of the look you want to create. It’s OK if this takes time as you want to ensure your kitchen design is absolutely perfect for you and your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask your kitchen designer for advice too – our kitchen experts have planned and installed hundreds of kitchens and will be able to offer plenty advice if you’re struggling with a decision.
If you’re planning your dream kitchen renovation, download our brochure to start your inspirational journey.