- Extend wherever possible.
60% of UK kitchen extensions use their side return to transform the kitchen space, 30% add a rear extension and 10% develop a combination of both. Keep in mind that even if initially you might feel that you don’t want to sacrifice garden space, but extra kitchen room will probably be worth it.
- Go with what works for you.
If your dream kitchen has two ovens and two dishwashers, so be it. Always prioritise your requirements over that of your imaginary next buyer. Chances are, if it works for you it will also work for other people.
- Everyone loves an island.
Not just tropical, desert islands either. If you’re lucky enough to have the space, incorporate a kitchen island into your design. Utilising an island in your kitchen helps with the flow of the room. Think of how you would move between the oven, fridge and sink for example.
- Boiling water taps are more than just a fashion statement.
They don’t take up a lot of room, they’re very useful and they can be less wasteful than a kettle.
- Always keep the flow of the room in mind.
The path you take to move around your kitchen can be a great starting point for your design. Think about the flow and ease with which you move between the fridge, oven and sink. Remember, this is about what works for you. Try not to think too much about any “future buyers”.
- When it comes to storage, more is definitely more.
Utilise all the space you can. Think huge drawers for pans, walk-in larders, tall cupboards for ironing boards… You can’t overdo kitchen storage!
- Don’t cut corners on the structural design.
Remember, if you’re running out of money, you can add expensive finishing touches later but you want to get the build of your kitchen right first time. This will save you heartache and unexpected bills in the future.
- Go for good quality brand names for your appliances.
As the saying goes “don’t spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar”. If you skrimp out on your appliances you’ll be replacing them before you know it. Do some research and find the right, quality, appliances for you.
- If you want to save a bit, economise on the cupboards.
You’ll be surprised what you can get away with once they have pretty doors on the front.
- Think long-term.
If you only plan on staying in the house short term (less than 5 years) look at the lifestyle of the demographic who might be your buyer just to make sure you’re not jeopardising the value of your home.
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