Top-tips for planning your dream kitchen

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They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and having a well-designed, stylish kitchen can prove a valuable asset in terms of the market value of your home and your lifestyle.

A kitchen is the one room in the house that prospective buyers tend to pay the most attention to and if you’re thinking of selling your home, designing a perfect kitchen is very important. However kitchen design and planning is also crucial if you simply want a new kitchen that you are your family want to enjoy using for many years to come!

The first step is to ensure that you get the layout right.  Begin by assessing the space you have, measuring up carefully and then drawing an accurate floor plan.  You’ll need to measure absolutely everything including the width of doors, windows and how high they are from the floor, the location pipes, power sockets and anything else you can think of.

The type of kitchen layout you decide to choose will largely depend on the amount of space you have.  However, if you’re planning on ripping out an existing kitchen and you only have a small amount of space, you may find you have to make the most of what you have.  This might include a small extension or changing roofing options to create more light.  Great advice from an expert can help

Once you’ve drawn out your floor plan, you can begin to make a rough sketch of where you’d like the appliances, doors and worktops to be whilst making sure that you note any changes to services that may be required.  Don’t forget that moving pipes and doorways will add to the overall cost.

When you’re playing around with the layout, try to think of how you use your kitchen and the functions of the room and then incorporate these into the design.  Don’t lose sight of the purpose of the kitchen: remember you’ll need a room that makes it easy to prepare food, cook, serve meals and then wash-up afterwards.   Try to incorporate as much worktop as you can, along with sufficient storage for food and kitchen equipment plus space for appliances.

Kitchen designers often talk of the ‘kitchen triangle’ which dictates where the sink, cooker and fridge should be placed so that each sits at a ‘corner’.  Sinks are usually located under the kitchen window because this makes plumbing and drainage easier, whilst wall cupboards aren’t generally placed over a since because they’ll lead to bumped heads!

Try as many different combinations as you can – you might come across a great idea you hadn’t previously thought of – until you have a design that you feel you can show to a kitchen company.  As a rule of thumb it’s usually best to get quotes from three kitchen companies and make sure you stick a budget in advance and stick to it!  If you’re on a tight budget, it’s possible to create a high-end feel by spending as much money as you can on tiles, taps and the worktop or flooring.

With careful thought and planning kitchen design can be a breeze!  Although there is something of an art to getting it right, provided you take your time, research all the possible options and shop around, a beautiful kitchen should be relatively easy to achieve.