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Tips for Planning a Kitchen


There are many things involved in planning a kitchen efficiently. There has to be enough time set to design the kitchen in the beginning. You can select a kitchen renovation company that will be able to do this for you easily. This will improve your performance and cut down on any wasted time due to poor planning.

You have to research a lot to get an idea of the design style you have in mind for the kitchen and the colours. Look for precedence that can be replicated in your own home. You can include these images and videos when speaking to the kitchen designer so they have a clear idea of what you have in mind. This will help them narrow down the design and theme. But you also need to set a budget from the beginning and let the kitchen renovation company know.

They will then be able to recommend and advise you on materials and kitchen joinery that fits your budget. They will be able to show you products that fit your budget essentially and this will include lighting, plumbing, flooring, appliances, labour etc. You may be able to reuse some of the appliances if they are in good condition but always try to select appliances that are energy saving.

Make sure you have a good idea of how you will be using the entire kitchen space. Maybe you need space for entertaining as well. Many families tend to have breakfast around the kitchen island and you will have to give provision for that. It is also very important to measure exactly what you need. The new kitchen has to fit in the space you already have. Once you have a workable design, it is best to do a floormarking using painter’s tape. Outline the benchtops and islands in the space in tape and try to walk around in it to see if it makes sense to you.

You will also be able to tell if the space given to circulation is sufficient. A kitchen has to be functional in addition to being aesthetically pleasing so you have to consider how to streamline the cooking process as much as possible. This includes thinking about storage solutions and where you will keep each item. You have to decide on the locations of the stove, fridge and the sink from the beginning so they are at a close enough distance.

Consider how the entire space is illuminated. Look for ways of introducing natural light into the space. This will ensure the kitchen is kept dry and hygienic. It will also bring natural warmth into the space and brighten up the textures and materials you have around the space. Your initial research will give you an idea of what you want to do with cabinetry.

Generally, it is easier to have drawers for storage under the benchtop as it is easier to reach. The detailing of the cabinetry will have a significant impact on the theme of the kitchen. You can experiment with different joinery and handles depending on the theme you are going with.

Thomas McCue
the authorThomas McCue