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!