If you’re looking to design a new kitchen from scratch, the prospect can seem rather daunting.
Where do you start? What do you need to look out for? What are the most important factors to consider? There’s a lot to think about. In this short guide, we’ll be covering some of the essential elements to include as you design a new kitchen.
Assess Your Needs
There’s no particular place to start when designing a new kitchen, but one of the most important steps is to assess your needs, so this is as good of a starting point as any! Yourself and those you live with are the only ones that know what you need in your kitchen – if there are any essentials you can and can’t live without, and how you use this space. Start by discussing key features that you feel you absolutely require and even those you really don’t.
Plumbing and Heating
Two things many families don’t consider early on when they look to design a new kitchen are plumbing and heating. These are easily overlooked or left until later, but you should explore your plumbing and heating options early on to avoid blowing your budget. For example, it might be that a large appliance such as a dishwasher or even your boiler needs moving to fit around your new design, these can be quite pricey changes which is why it is important to consider them early on.
Lighting and Colour Schemes
As you design a new kitchen, it is important to look at lighting and colour schemes together. If you have a lot of natural light, you may be able to get away with a darker colour scheme. Similarly, if you’re having to create lots of artificial light, a lighter colour scheme may help illuminate some areas of your kitchen without the need for additional lighting, thus saving you some money!
Inspiration and Ideas
Try to gather inspiration and ideas from similar spaces to your own. Everyone would love to build a huge, all-singing, all-dancing kitchen with endless amounts of storage and an industrial sized dishwasher…unfortunately that’s not always possible. It’s important to be realistic and to think in terms of practicality as well as looks – there’s no point in having an island in the middle of your new kitchen if it’s not practical to use!
Similarly, look at materials from a practical perspective as you design a new kitchen. For example, if you’re interested in a ‘wood’ finish for worktops, iroko and teak wood are ideal for using around the sink area due to their high oil content and water resistance. Worktops and surfaces can make up a large part of your budget, so again it’s important to think about materials early on in the design stage, as this may affect how much budget you have to work with for other aspects of your new kitchen design. It’s important to do your research when looking at materials, and ensure that you incorporate your findings into your final kitchen design.
Consult the Professionals
Finally, show your ideas or new kitchen design to an industry professional (like ourselves!) who will be able to give you some expert advice on how your completed project will all come together and pick up on anything you may have missed! Our team are here to help bring your vision to life, with a wealth of knowledge gathered over many years, we can help you design a beautiful yet practical kitchen to complement your home.
Good luck, and we’re sure you will be able to design a new kitchen to suit your family brilliantly!
The 2019 trend is open plan kitchens. Whether this is integrating your kitchen and dining area into one clean and airy space or opening your living room into your kitchen area too.
Create space which eliminates barriers
If you are short on space in your kitchen, or just like the idea of making your kitchen the large centre and gathering point of your home. You can opt for creating an open plan kitchen space. The open plan kitchen concept is a popular trend of 2019 and is the perfect solution for your storage needs. Opening up an area gives you the opportunity to design something out of the norm. Creating space for a kitchen island or even those dreamy curved designed workspaces.
The best way to make the open plan kitchen concept work is to add to the space, don’t keep all your kitchen cabinets flush to the wall. You have the room to bring them out and make the most of quirky storage ideas which are built to your requirements. There is nothing worse than not being able to store all your pots and pans out of sight, but with an open-plan space, this is no longer an issue.
Keeping your kitchen space clean and clutter-free will make your open plan kitchen work.
You don’t want to be sitting in your living space, relaxing in front of the fire and seeing clutter all over your worktops. This reason is why many opt for keeping these two spaces separate, but why would you? If you can stay on top of the mess. It is vital that you do not make the counter space your drop off spot as this just adds to the clutter, so include clever storage systems, shelving or racking spaces to ensure everything has its own home – out of sight, out of mind.
An open plan living and kitchen space can create a more functional home life. Instead of shutting yourself away in a kitchen, your whole family can experience meal times and meal prep together, whether they are directly involved or not, it is the perfect place for some family bonding. In addition, it is the optimum space for entertaining, who wants to try cram 12 people round a dining table fit for 8 on Christmas day? This will no longer be an issue with your extending living and kitchen space. This home improvement will certainly make you more social.
So if you’re considering opening up your home or need help redesigning your home due to a small kitchen. Speak to Handsons Interiors who can arrange a full project management service. All works carried out including any building and utilities, all with the added peace of mind of Handsons guarantees of quality.
It might only be August, but many people are already muttering that dreaded C-word.
Christmas is actually in full swing from the 20-week countdown, which falls at the start of August! That means many workplaces have already started organising their Christmas parties, friends are organising their get-togethers and restaurants are filling up their seats.
Christmas is always a frantic time, especially if you’re the one left doing the cooking – so be sure to be organised this year.
Organise Your Fridge
If you’re going to be cooking up a storm this Christmas you need to accommodate the big Christmas shop. If your fridge is naturally well-stock throughout the year, you might be left wondering where all the additional Christmas dishes might go. But fear not, a bit of clever organisation will help with this. Be sure to be utilising the space correctly, so if you have a built-in egg rack for example. Make sure you use it, egg boxes on shelves can be a waste of space. Stand sauces in the doors to free up space too and those wasted foods which always appear at the back of your fridge – get rid early.
Have A Mess-Free Party
Recycling is key any time of the year, but make the most of it at Christmas. Make sure with any festive gathering you sort out the recycling by integrating aesthetically-pleasing bins into your kitchen decor. This might be on the inside of cupboard doors, or just invest in some interior recycling boxes which don’t look out of place.
It’s all about ease when entertaining – you need to make sure you and your guests are relaxed. Getting creative with your seating arrangements can be a real help when entertaining, as letting tired feet rest will mean no complaints and more drinks!
A great way to incorporate seating into your kitchen is around your island or an extended breakfast bar. Can you move a sideboard out of the way and free up some extra space or perhaps moving your dining table onto an angle will make for a more pleasing layout?
Create An Inviting Atmosphere
Whether you’re throwing a small, intimate dinner party or a glamourous Christmas get-together with all your friends and family, make sure you choose the right lighting as it can dictate the mood of any room – your kitchen is no exception.
For your dining space you’ll want an overhead light to gently illuminate the room whilst you dine. For festive party soirée, make sure you dim to lights and use candles, tealights or fairy lights to create a festive ambience.
And be sure to have a great Christmas!
As Neff say:
Cooking inspires people. People inspire us.
If you want inspiration to find your love of cooking, this week we explore for some kitchen tips which will have you dawning that apron in no time.
1. A clean and organised kitchen goes a long way
Believe us when we say a clean and organised kitchen makes you want to cook! It really does. If your kitchen is a room that makes you feel irritated, then it’s time to take control over it. We cannot stand having dirty dishes in the sink and clutter all over the kitchen worktops. A kitchen is the heart of the home and should remain clutter free. Don’t hide those beautiful worktops under a pile of dirty washing! When everything is clean and organized, you should be ready to cook! Cooking is relaxing and fun when you don’t have to deal with anything, but the food at hand.
2. The right recipe
If you are not a food connoisseur, you are more than likely going to need to turn to a recipe to get your inspiration. But do your research. Often top chefs can overcomplicate the most simple of dishes by adding in a whole host of ingredients, which yes for a 5-star restaurant might be appropriate when paying £80 a head, but for a Wednesday night with the family, if a waste of time and effort. Seek out food magazines, online blogs and forums, even social media and cooking shows can lend a hand.
3. Challenge yourself
Perhaps your love of cooking has declined because you spend your nights cooking the same old dish. It is easy to get into a routine of buying and cooking the same few meals, especially if they go down a treat with your family. But mix it up from time to time. Seek out something new that you can put your stamp on and watch your love for food grow again!
4. Plan ahead
Plan your weekly meals in advance so you always have your ingredients to hand. If you come to start cooking then realise a trip to the corner shop is required this already adds negativity and time to the whole cooking experience. Carefully planned out meals should be effortless. Make a list, and shop accordingly. When you pick out the meals for the week, you could even plan on having leftovers for lunch the next day, if at all possible.
5. Practise makes perfect
The only way you can get better at cooking is to cook food daily, or as often as time allows. It’s the only way you will become a better home cook. If you love food, you can learn to fall in love with cooking it. Ease into cooking. Start with simple recipes and learn by doing. Don’t be afraid to screw something up. The more you practice the more you will begin to see some steady progress in your cooking skills. Building your confidence with your basic techniques is important and you will become more familiar with a range of ingredients.
6. Take days off from the kitchen
While we are saying ‘cook more’, ‘cook daily’, if you need a rest, take one. Let someone else deal with the stress of standing over a hot oven. You will never find the love of cooking if it is being made a chore. So if you have had ‘one of those days’, cooking is possibly not the answer. If done in the right mind frame, cooking can be both relaxing and therapeutic so don’t let your mood stop the enjoyment.
7. Enjoy your kitchen
We see this as the most important step. The first step if any. You have to love your home to love cooking. A cluttered, old or messy kitchen is not going to be an enjoyable experience. This is where Handsons Interiors come in, chat to our friendly team if you kitchen needs modernising so you can get back to enjoying it again.