New Year, New Kitchen – Part 2

Design & Layout of Your New Kitchen

The reasons we decide to buy a new kitchen can be many. Maybe it’s because of a building extension, moving to a new property or replacing an existing kitchen with an update. Whatever the reason, buying a new kitchen is not a task to be undertaken lightly. If you haven’t already read the previous blog on Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a New Kitchen I suggest taking a step back and asking yourself the questions you will find there.

If you have and you are poised with notebook and pen, then we will begin…

Design & Layout Factors

The design and layout of your new kitchen will be dependent on various factors, most will fall under these categories:

  1. Functional requirements
  2. Space available
  3. Budget

1. Functional Requirements

Chippendale KitchenAs stated in the previous blog post what you do in your kitchen will determine how it needs to be laid out. As a general rule of thumb the area between oven/hob, fridge and sink should be in some form of working triangle as these are the three areas you need to walk between most frequently.

While there are no hard and fast rules of what you can put where, there are guidelines to make sure your kitchen is as practical and as safe as possible.

Think who will be using the space, does anyone have a disability or require wheelchair access?

If you hang wall cupboards make sure they are reachable as overstretching can be dangerous.

Make sure your hob/oven has at least a 500mm work surface at one side (preferably both sides) that is uncluttered to allow for setting down hot pans and dishes.

Also try not to have your hob next to a door or walkway where pan handles can be easily knocked.

If you are having a gas hob, do not to place it under a window. While it would be nice to cook while watching your flowers grow, a draught could blow out your burners or pilot light.

Don’t forget that your hob will also need an extractor fan of which there are various on the market from chimney style to more discreet built in models.

You will also need to take into account your current plumbing layout and electrical points. These can be moved but will add extra cost to your project.

2. Space Available

Although we love looking in glossy magazines at the beautiful shiny new kitchens complete with larder cupboards and centre islands with high stools and belfast sinks, they are not always going to fit into our own spaces.

When planning your space, it may be advantageous to draw out your kitchen on graph paper. This will give you an idea of the size of the room without any of the existing units and provide a blank canvas to work from.

Don’t forget to consider doors, windows, wall space, boilers, stop cocks and ceiling height. These may limit where you can and can not install cabinets and appliances.

Think about the corners of your room. Corner cabinets are available but unless you include pull-out shelves or a bi-fold door, they are often difficult to get to and are therefore perfect for items you do not use on a regular basis ( like that spiraliser you’ve bought and only used once).

If you love the idea of a big American-style fridge, welsh dresser or breakfast bar, draw it to scale to make sure it will fit.

Chippendale, Classic Painted, Taupe & Ivory

To get you started, think of the standard kitchen base unit as 600mm deep and 600mm, 500mm or 400mm wide, of course there are other sizes but this may help you to plan.

The 4homes measuring and design service is free of charge and with no obligation. Our experienced Kitchen Designer will visit your property to discuss your needs and take some measurements before drawing up a scaled design for your consideration. We would then invite you to visit the showroom to discuss the plans and view some 3D visuals over coffee and biscuits, and who doesn’t want a free biccie?

3. Budget

Unfortunately not everyone has a limitless budget when it comes to buying a kitchen and ultimately the kitchen you can have will be determined by the budget you have available.

As with most things in life the price of kitchens can vary immensely depending on which cabinets and appliances you select. There are similar styles in all prices ranges such as flat gloss, traditional shaker, painted wood etc so there should be something within your price range. 

Worktops and tiles also vary in prices and showroom staff will be able to point you in the right direction. Generally, the more whistles and bells the more the costs will rise.

Remember that much of your cost will be in the labour required to install your kitchen. This will include carpentry, joinery, plumbing and electrical works, and depending on the project, possibly building and plastering as well. These charges are usually based on the time the job will take to complete, so the more complicated it will be, the more it will cost.

You should also budget for the dismantling, disconnection and disposing of your current kitchen and appliances.

Once you have your shiny new kitchen you will more than likely want to update the wall tiles, flooring and paint work, so don’t forget to leave some money in the pot for those too! There will be more about this in a later blog post.

Chippendale, Verve Painted, Light Blue

At 4homes we offer a free, no obligation, quotation service which will include as much detail of the above costs as you will need. All cabinetry, appliances, installation, electrics, plumbing, disposal, tiles, flooring and decoration can be included (as required) so you know from the outset what it will cost. If the quote you receive is a little higher than your budget will allow, we will be happy to look at options to reduce the cost.  Don’t forget that 4homes offer a fully project managed solution on our installations.

For more information or to arrange a visit from our Kitchen Designer please contact the showroom.

The next blog post, New Year, New Kitchen – Part 3, will be about choosing the look and style of your kitchen.