Your Kitchen Design made easy – “step by step”
Buying a new Fitted Kitchen is not something you do every day, in fact, you probably will only buy two kitchens in your lifetime.
So, it’s not unrealistic to assume you might not know the “ins and outs” of how to buy a new kitchen, without needing a little help and advice.
Might I suggest you try to get some order into your thinking to progress to a successful purchase?
There are five basic steps you need to consider:
1. Choice of the Kitchen Appliances (Inc Sink & Tap) that you want to include in your layout
2. Type of Worktop (material) you would prefer to use
3. The style of Kitchen Cabinets you prefer
4. Whether you intend fitting the new kitchen yourself or pay a professional to do it for you
5. What you want your new kitchen to achieve for you
My “Kitchen Design Step By Step” guide will help you through this maze, and help you achieve your dream kitchen layout!
Want to know more? …. Read on
Kitchen Design Step By Step … Step 1. Kitchen Appliances
I have made this as the starting point for a, particularly good reason.
Every kitchen design is based completely upon the “type” of kitchen appliances to be included.
I do not mean you need to pinpoint the exact model number of every appliance you intend buying at this stage … just the type!
e.g. If a client asked me to design their layout, to include a “built In” Oven (that’s eye level) I would design the kitchen completely differently to a client wanting a Range Cooker (that would be considered “built under”).
The basic kitchen appliances you need to think about are as follows:
- Oven: (Single / Double, or two Singles, Built-In / Under)
- Secondary Oven: (Combi Micro / Steam Oven, Built-In / Freestanding)
- Range Cooker: (Dual Fuel, Ceramic, Induction)
- Hob: (Gas, Electric, Ceramic, Induction, Domino, Vented)
- Cooker Hood: (Wall mounted, Island, Downdraft, Ceiling, Built into hob)
- Fridge: (Tall Built-In / Small Built Under, Integrated / Freestanding)
- Freezer: (Tall Built-In / Small Built Under, Integrated / Freestanding)
- Fridge Freezer: (Tall Built-In / Freestanding, American With Ice/ Or Not)
- Wine Cooler: (Built-In / Built Under)
- Dishwasher: (Full Size / Slimline, Fully Integrated / Semi Integrated / Freestanding)
- Laundry: (Washing Machine, Washer Dryer, Tumble Dryer, Integrated / Freestanding)
- Sink: (Single Bowl, 1+1/2 Bowls, Double Bowls, Belfast /Inset Sink / Under-mount Sink, LH or RH Drainer / Drainer Grooves)
- Tap: (Mixer Tap, Drinking Water Tap, Instant Boiling Water Tap)
- Waste Disposal Unit: (Or Pull-Out Recycle Bin Cabinet)
If you have an idea of sizes at this stage, it’s worth making a note …
e.g. Range Cooker, Dual Fuel – 1100mm wide, or a Freestanding Built Under Wine Cooler 300mm wide – you get the idea
Kitchen Design Step By Step … Step 2. Kitchen Worktops
The “type” of kitchen worktop can affect the design (some Worktops can be “shaped” much better than others) and they can also have an impact on the type of sink you want (Belfast, Inset, or Under-mounted Sink)
Worktop “materials” to contemplate, in cost order (cheapest first):
- Solid Wood
- Fake Corian / Resin Types
- Quartz, and or, Granite (similar price)
- Porcelain, and or, Concrete (similar price)
- Glass, and or, Stainless Steel (similar price)
Kitchen Design Step By Step … Kitchen Cabinets.
Although there are literally hundreds of different kitchen ranges to choose from, there are only three basic door styles:
- Flat Doors (known in the trade as “Flat Slab Doors”) these are generally found amongst the more “modern” looking styles
- Shaker Doors (these are a panelled door with a flat centre panel and are generally used for more “contemporary” layouts)
- Raised and Fielded Panel Doors (these are also a panelled door, but the centre panel is raised, and they feature in the most “traditional” layouts)
There are many variations of these three basic styles (additional beading to the centre panel or the outside edge of the door may be profiled, for example)
Once you have chosen your door style, you need to decide upon the type of cabinet:
- Lay-On Door Units (these are what most people think of as a standard fitted kitchen cabinet – the door is almost the same size as the carcase, and sits on the front of it)
- Traditional In-Frame Cabinets, this is how they all used to be made, (a very traditional look) where the door sits flush within the outer fame of the cabinet
Kitchen Design Step By Step … Kitchen Fitting.
Whether you fit the kitchen yourself or pay someone to do so, it’s worth determining (early on) the extent of the work to be done. (it’s easy to run away with these costs).
Fitting a kitchen can involve many tasks (and costs), these are the main things to consider:
- Existing Kitchen Removal: the taking out of your existing kitchen cabinets and appliances, and possible removal of wall tiles and flooring
- Rubbish Removal: who is going to dispose of the old kitchen, and all the packaging/off-cuts of the new one) Do you get a “skip” in, or ask your fitter will deal with it
- Gas Works: are there any Gas Appliances that need to be “capped off” during the removal of the old kitchen? – Because this WILL need to be completed and tested/certified by a “Gas Safe” Registered Engineer … [ Gas Safe Fitters ] … as will the installation of any new Gas Appliance
- Plumbing Works: It is likely that new plumbing runs will need to be installed
- Electrical Compliance Works: does your kitchen electrical system comply to Part “P” of Building Regulations – because any alteration/addition to existing supplies means the new kitchen WILL have to be installed and certificated by a Part P registered Electrician … [ Part P Regulations ]
- Electrical Works: your new kitchen design is likely to need additional sockets, have existing sockets moved, Consumer Unit Upgrade, and remember, a standard Induction Hob will require its own (un-jointed) feed all the way back to your Fuse Board
- Carpentry Works: to fit all Cabinets, Decorative Panels, Cornice, Light Pelmet, Plinth, and Handles. Your chippy will also fit your worktops if they are Laminate or Wood. If you choose any type of “solid” worktop or Glass Splashback, they are generally fitted by the worktop/splashback supplier
- Decorating, Flooring, Tiling: These are all best left until the rest of the kitchen is installed
As you can see … fitting a kitchen is not for the faint-hearted.
A professional kitchen fitter will have done hundreds and will have all the tools required for the job.
Kitchen Design Step By Step … What do you want from your kitchen?
Have you given any thought about what you want your new kitchen to achieve?
It might be for any of the simple reasons below:
- To get more Worktop space
- To get more storage space
- To create more space in the room
- To provide an eating area
- To have more working space
- You want a Kitchen Island
- To make a big open plan family kitchen/dining/lounge area
- Somewhere to keep an eye on the kids in
- Somewhere to escape from the kids too!
If you intend employing a Kitchen Designer to help you plan your new kitchen layout let him/her know any of these things early on, so they can incorporate them into your design.
So, there you have it – I hope you found my “Kitchen Design Step By Step Guide” helpful.
Good luck with your new kitchen, I hope it all goes well for you.
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