20.12.19

Tips For Renovating Your Kitchen

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Choosing a new kitchen is one of the most exciting projects when it comes to renovating the home, and is the last thing on our list of places to renovate in our home. We've left it as it can also be the most expensive, stressful and time-consuming room of the house to do. From picking the right style to finding a designer and agreeing the layout, there's a lot to take on board, and everything costs money. 

However, if you're tempted to rush into a showroom and choose your design ready for a new room, then I'd hold off a little. It's important that you take plenty of time to consider what it is you really want in your kitchen. Follow these simple kitchen design ideas to transform your kitchen into one that is stylish and practical.

Before you start planning a new kitchen, the first thing to decide is whether you want to update your current kitchen or start from scratch. For us, we need to start from scratch. Our current kitchen is very old, very dated, and is actually only half a kitchen as the previous owners didn't get a fully fitted one put in. 

Our kitchen is actually one of the smallest rooms in the house even though it is the one we use the most. So we've been looking into extending it slightly to give us more room and a bigger floor plan to pack everything we need into our kitchen. 

For this, we'd obviously need to get planning permission, talk to an architect to draw up plans, and really get a feel for what we'd need. If I was to extend then I'd also need to look for glass suppliers in the UK to provide roof lighting in the new extended part to bring in all the natural sunlight. 


The planning process is the key time to make big changes to the kitchen's design, so it is important to think carefully about what you actually use your kitchen for, and what you need in your new one. Some questions to ask yourself are:

How do you move around your kitchen? 
Elements that you often use at the same time should be close together so it's easier to prepare everything. For instance, the fridge should be near the work surface, and the washing machine near the tumble dryer. 

How much storage do you need? 
Storage is always a problem in our house as our kitchen is currently not big enough. Make a list of what you need to store in cupboards and work out how many you'd need, then add an extra one on top for anything you've forgotten about. This way you'll always have ample storage space.

Who will you be entertaining in your kitchen? 
You may want space for a table where people can sit and talk to you whilst you're preparing food and entertaining. You might even want a breakfast bar as it really makes it easier to eat in the kitchen when all the prep goes on. 

Do you have room for the large appliances you want? 
If you want a range cooker or American-style fridge freezer then you've got to take into account that these will take up a lot of space. Make sure you plan for this and make space for them to fit. 

But most importantly, remember that you need to consider your currents kitchen's constraints, such as its size and the positions of doors, windows and plug sockets. If you're not planning any structural work, you'll need to be realistic about what your space can accommodate.

11 comments:

  1. Some great tips here x

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  2. Great tips thank you!

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  3. love good tips like these, thanks, they'll come in useful xxx

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  4. Another project for the coming year! Some great tips for me to think about. 😊

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  5. I'm thinking of getting a new kitchen next year, I'll keep these in mind!

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  6. I need a new kitchen so this article is great

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  7. Great tips here, we really need our flooring done, when the flooring was last done we had carpet fitted, which was not a good idea being in the kitchen as you can imagine, next we will have lamient.

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  8. We have just had our kitchen extended in to the garage. So much fun renvating from scratch (matched with being super stressful).

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  9. Hopefully this year I'll finally get my dream kitchen - thanks for the tips

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  10. We had ours done a few years ago. The problem always is that there will be several solutions to what you want. I wish we had knocked through to the dining room when we had ours done, but hindsight is a wonderful thing!

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  11. Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is the most difficult to plan renovations for. Thanks for the useful tips.

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