New Year, New Kitchen – Part 1.

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Kitchen

Did cooking Christmas dinner for all the family make you realise that your current kitchen is just not big enough? Or maybe you’ve been considering a new kitchen for a while but just not got round to it yet? Have you been putting it off because you can’t face all the upheaval? Here at 4homes we will make the whole process manageable whether we just supply your new kitchen or complete the full installation process.

Over the next few weeks I will be blogging about all things kitchen from designing and decision making to installation and finishing touches.

What do you want from your kitchen?

The first thing to ask yourself when planning your new kitchen is, what are the practicalities you need from your kitchen? How do you want to use the space? Before consulting the professionals, sit down with a nice cuppa and consider the 7 questions below…

Who will be using your kitchen?

  • Are you a family who all need to get to the toaster at the same time in the morning? Do you need a fridge large enough to hold several packed lunches? Do you have little ones who frequently walk into corners and trap their fingers in doors? Or maybe you are a lone wolf who has to please nobody except yourself, you lucky thing.

How much storage do you need?

  • Food & drink products, cleaning products, pots & pans, crockery, glassware and that old sandwich toaster from 1994, will all need a place to live in your new kitchen.

How much worktop area do you need?

  • If you are someone who likes to spread out while they cook or are practicing for the next Great British Bake Off your worktop space will be vital. However, if you prefer to put your feet up and order a takeaway it may be less important. Do also consider what space you may need for your toaster, kettle, juicer or fancy espresso machine.

Do you need a seating area?

  • Is your kitchen also going to be your dining room? Do you often entertain and need room for a large table or maybe you would like a breakfast bar for the kids. Perhaps your table is in another room and therefore not required in your kitchen allowing more space for other things.

Which appliances would you like?

  • Maybe you dream of an AGA and spider burner hob, or a large double eye-level oven, but these won’t suit every kitchen. Think what your requirements are, every home will need an oven and hob, fridge freezer and kitchen sink, but also consider the options of a dishwasher, wine cooler or warming draw.

Do you have any pets that need accomodating?

  • When planning your kitchen don’t forget about your furry (and not so furry) friends. Do you need somewhere for them to sleep, feed and store their toys? Will this be in the kitchen area or elsewhere in the house? Kitchen companies appreciate that our pets are part of the family and have options for housing them.

Are there any other functions of your kitchen?

  • In today’s busy world most kitchens are more than just a space for cooking. They may also be a playroom, home office, boot room or a space for art and crafts. Do you require any extra space or furniture to incorporate this?

Chippendale Cashmere Gloss Kitchen

So now you’ve had time to consider the above questions and made some notes, it’s time to move on to the Design & Layout stage.

Check out the next blog New Year, New Kitchen – Part 2 coming soon!