So let’s have a look at some of the considerations you need to think about when planning a new bespoke kitchen.
Personal inspirationWhether you are planning a DIY kitchen project or about to attend a London bespoke kitchen showroom, you need to know exactly what you want from the outset. Browse kitchen catalogues and home design magazines, surf the internet, follow informative blogs and post ideas onto your own Pinterest board. You can even create your own swatch board and bring together colour schemes, cabinet styles and layouts before you spend a penny.
Planning a new bespoke kitchen takes time and lays the groundwork for something you will probably have to live with for the next decade. Best get it right! Decide what works for you, and what you definitely don’t want to include in your kitchen and then consider the wealth of options your choices offer.
Consider your budgetAs part of your initial research and planning, take note of prices. If you have a quirky-shaped space or want to incorporate new ideas, you will need to consult a professional kitchen design company who can make that happen. You may be surprised at how the costs add up when you include new appliances, luxury tiles, quality flooring and perhaps even a few building alternations to increase natural light and space.
More than any other home improvements, money spent in a new kitchen is a true investment which will add value to your home, if you get it right. If you need to save up for a few more months before committing to your new bespoke kitchen project, it will be better than scrimping on the final product and being disappointed with the result.
Purpose-design your kitchenThink about what function your new kitchen will serve. Modern-day kitchens are far more than just a place to cook food. They often serve as the hub of the home; a spot for kids to do their homework, a space for casual dining and/or entertaining, a place for family chats and a cosy zone to sit and relax with a cup of coffee or watch TV.
Of course, a new kitchen must also function efficiently for storing, cooking, preparing and serving meals and drinks. It goes beyond the Kitchen Triangle Rule which considers the distance between sink, refrigerator and stove. You might want to consider adding a kitchen island unit to maximise space, or adding a breakfast bar or dining area.
Think about how much storage space you need for food, electrical gadgets, cookware, pots and pans. Having a space for everything and minimising clutter in the kitchen can be both practical and therapeutic.
The next question is, do you want traditional kitchen cupboard or pan drawers that provide easy access even to the lower rear corners? Are open shelves a decorative enhancement or a cleaning nightmare? You also need to think about what style of kitchen would best complement the age and style of your home, while still appealing to your own traditional or contemporary preferences.
Practical functionalityOnce you have decided on the style and layout of your designer kitchen, you need to think about the practical functionality for everyday living. How many power points do you need and where should they be situated? Think about the natural place for the kettle and coffee maker for convenient filling from the tap. Where will you want to use the toaster, food processor, hand blender and myriad other gadgets?
Electrical power points are not just for three-pin plugs; they can also include USB points for charging phones and other everyday electronics.
Once you have envisaged your daily routine, you need to address lighting. You may want a feature light over the dining area, perhaps with a dimmer feature. Work spaces need to be well lit from above to avoid constantly working in your own shadow.
Planning a new kitchen can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. Take your time, do your research and employ the services of professionals, whether it is for plumbing, tiling, electrics or designing and fitting your beautiful new bespoke kitchen.