If you’re looking at getting a new kitchen, then know that the biggest factor is going to be your plan. From the layout to how you live and work in your kitchen area is going to be the biggest element to getting it right from the get-go.
But what should you consider when it comes to planning your new kitchen? In our blog today, we’re going to take a quick look at some top suggestions and how we go about it at Stefano De Blasio Kitchens and Interiors.
A kitchen plan needs measurements
Pre-covid 19 the idea is simple. Contact your kitchen vendor and get someone to come out and take the measurements themselves. Now, whilst we at Stefano De Blasio Kitchens and Interiors can still do this* you may feel more comfortable sending your measurements directly to the retailer or even us. (We hope it’s us.)
To start, get a plain piece of paper and pencil/pen. Draw the layout of the room as an overhead plan and factor it into the plan where there is a window, door, pillar – basically anything that will disrupt the kitchen layout. From here, you need to take your measurements. Go point to point, and make notes of the measurements as you go along.
This is the best starting point for your kitchen layout and design.
Know what you want to change or add
Based on your measurements, you will be restricted on some things. For example, you may have a narrow kitchen, so, an island unit won’t be possible or practical if somehow you could defy physics… What we’re talking about is if you wanted to change elements of your layout. Perhaps you want to have more storage. Perhaps you’re looking for a double oven section or more countertop space.
Whatever those requirements are, think about that for your consultation. We would even advise writing these things down so that you clearly know what you want to achieve from your new kitchen and if they can all be factored in.
(Things like electrical points, plumbing, re-plastering would all be considered at this point as well.)
This is the point of your kitchen plan where you can allow your mind to roam free and start getting inspired on the kinds of things you want to achieve in your new kitchen. From brochures and interior decorating magazines to pinterest boards, you can start to get an idea of what you want to achieve.
Think about your room colour, the soft furnishings you may want to add or the general feel you want to capture with the design and finish of materials. These are all essential things to think about when designing your new kitchen plan.
Speak to a kitchen professional
Like anything else where you are spending a good amount of time and money, you want to speak to a professional. We don’t mean someone who has done a course in designing kitchens one way and can’t think around issues. We mean speaking to those who have years of experience and can work through your requirements point by point.
(Like Stefano and his team, for example…)
The point is, a professional with years of experience can engage directly with new ideas and with what is possible from the outset. They can get ideas put into designs without much difficulty and can work through potential pitfalls from the very beginning.
This will save time and make your kitchen plan something that you can be proud of from the get-go.
See the products, understand your retailer before proceeding
As a KBSA member (Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom Specialists Association)we take their lead on this piece of advice;
- Visit a company that has a showroom so you can inspect the quality of the product and the standard of installation.
- Choose a retail member with a track record of good installations and ask to speak to some previous customers.
- Be careful about paying in full for your kitchen in advance. You shouldn’t pay a deposit of more than 25% and as it’s likely that you’ll be asked to make an interim payment, ask for a written payment schedule.
- Make sure you have a written quotation that covers every aspect of the job including fitting, flooring and any structural alterations you have discussed.
- Don’t sign anything unless you are prepared to honour your side of the contract. Some terms and conditions have expensive cancellation clauses.
- When using a KBSA retail member, don’t forget to keep your insurance certificate in a safe place and if you haven’t received it within a few weeks of paying your deposit, contact your retailer.
What’s your budget?
This is one of the big questions that only you will know the answer to. But simply put with a new kitchen plan, you are going to be paying for what you want in terms of product, finishes and installation – along with any electrical, plumbing requirements.
Our advice is to be realistic with costs and to know where you can end up spending more or less on material choices. In the kitchen world, the case more often than not is, you get what you pay for. Quality materials will cost a bit more, but they will last longer and look better than something where cost-cutting can happen.
Also our tip would be this; compare like for like quotes.
We have had experience over the years where large retailers will offer a kitchen at a third of the price, but they were not like-for-like. They didn’t include the same appliances, finishes or in several cases, include the cost of fitting. Be sure to make just-comparisons, for your peace of mind.
Finally, the finishing touches
One of the areas where your kitchen plan will come to life will be in the finishing touches. From handles and colour schemes to any new plate and cutlery wear. Your kitchen plan will come together when your kitchen scheme comes together at the very end as well.