Make a list of your needs
It would be pointless to design a kitchen that looks nice but doesn’t fit around you; every element should suit your needs. Write a list of everything you require, followed by a list of all the things you want - that way, you’ll be sure to end up with a kitchen that suits everyday use. Include things like the amount of storage you need, the number of appliances and space required for each and so on, working your way up from functional to aesthetic features.
Anyone who has ever watched Grand Designs knows that when it comes to home renovations, it’s not always easy to stick to a budget! Of course, well planned budgets are entirely possible to achieve. Download our handy kitchen renovation budget planner to help you stay on track and manage your spending - you can incorporate the items included in your ‘list of needs’ and budget for the luxury items you want!
Map out your plumbing and heating
Mapping out where your kitchen appliances and heating will go is important, especially if you’re planning on changing the layout. Working around an existing layout should be fairly straightforward, but if you’re looking to have an island built in your kitchen, you need to be sure that the plumbing and electricity supply can be put in place before you begin work.
Plan lighting and fixtures
Create a moodboard of kitchen lighting and fixtures, keeping a note of the measurements so you can be sure they’ll fit when the time comes. Lighting is an incredibly important element to consider, however, choosing the right kitchen sink and tap should be on your radar too; don’t let the decision wait until the very last minute! Instead, choose a combination that not only looks good, but also transforms the space into an area that is highly functional and long-lasting.
Research kitchen brands and designers
When buying a new kitchen, it is important to find brands and designers that suit your style. Start getting inspiration on websites like Houzz and Pinterest - you can save images to create an online ‘moodboard’, perfect for referring back to when you’re ready to start visiting stores. Next, research kitchen designers and retailers near you and visiting their showrooms to get a feel for their style and areas of expertise. If they are active on social media, it might also be worth having a look on their profiles to see pictures of their previous work.