Things To Consider When Planning A Kitchen


In this project we give you a run down on things to think about when planning a new kitchen including the layout of your new kitchen, servicing such as pipework and electrical points, decoration, ventilation, suitable flooring and also very importantly the quality of your new kitchen units. When it comes to a new kitchen with, the layout is the most important thing as you will want to make the best possible use of the existing kitchen space you have available. Additionally it is important to plan the placement of any appliances as moving pipework and electrical sockets can add additional cost.

Kitchens with and bathrooms are the major projects undertaken in the home, unfortunately, they are usually the most expensive also!  Kitchens on the other hand, are not usually such a straightforward proposition…There are thousands of suppliers, with thousands of new-fangled gimmicks and the confusion surrounding a replacement kitchen is horrendous.

Basically, there are two types of kitchen. The free standing kitchen, using Welsh dressers, kitchen chests and shelves etc, gives a lovely “old style” informal feel but carries the drawback of not completely utilising all the available space sometimes. A fitted kitchen can be designed (either in flat pack or custom built) to occupy every available inch of space in the kitchen, and lets face it, that’s what most of us need!

There is little benefit here in talking about the shape of the room for an ideal kitchen. You are probably using the existing kitchen with a desire to revamp. The most basic kitchen design should use the triangle theory between Cooker/hob, fridge and sink. Keep the distance between them small and incorporate worktop between them wherever possible to allow food preparation and somewhere to place pots etc before the next operation in the cooking procedure.

Try and keep all existing plumbing and electrical points in operation. These two trades are the most expensive to employ and the most difficult to DIY. Look for a waste receptacle that can be incorporated into the design, a free standing bin is horrible, takes up space and rarely matches the decor. Work out, in advance, the best location for your foodstuff, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans, books, etc. It will help you plan the position of the cupboards and drawers.

As mentioned, there are thousands of units etc, try and choose a shell which uses 18mm carcass timber rather than 15mm. This may be MDF or chipboard, it matters not, but look for good quality doors and shelves. Look also for units that stand on adjustable legs. The installation of these is so much easier as very few floors are completely level. The hinges and drawer runners are also important. Make sure you test these on the display models. Door knobs and handles are easy to replace and relatively inexpensive. These can be changed on installation and can alter the effect of your entire kitchen. Another thing to bear in mind which makes a more usable difference is full extension drawers runners which allow the drawer to open fully, rather than the the 3/5ths or so of a cheaper option. They are usually at a premium due to the more complex double bearing runners from Germany, and only quality manufacturers will offer these.

Author: Marsha Bow

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