Plan your Way to the Kitchen of your Dreams

Each room in your home has its own character, and when combined with your own personality, can be decorated, equipped and furnished to reflect them in perfect harmony. A bedroom is traditionally a place of calm, a refuge from the day, and can be decorated to encourage sleep and tranquillity. A living room may be a place for comfort and entertainment. A dining room is perhaps a place to appreciate company and good food and drink. Yet it is the kitchen that is often referred to as “the heart of the home” whether it is a small galley kitchen or a large kitchen combining a breakfast bar.
The kitchen is a place of creation, whether it be a three course meal for you, your family and your friends, or something whipped up quickly such as a supper for one. It needs to be functional, and have all the necessary equipment you might need for food and drink preparation. Yet it also should look slick, clean and like other rooms in your home, reflect you personality. That can be quite a challenge.
You’ll need to address a strategic issue first. Should your kitchen style be modern or traditional? Modern kitchens tend to be light, bright, fuss-free and have clean lines and have a crisp appearance. Traditional kitchens are “slower” and present a warm, cosy feel, with more natural wood in evidence. They may well have nooks and crannies, canopies and pilasters.
Following that key decision on style, the layout of the kitchen needs to be designed. It’s always best to seek professional help here, and a kitchen designer can find the optimum layout (often presented in 3D) taking into account where your water pipes, waste-pipes and electrical points are (although these can be moved in many cases). The plan or plans should always be checked out with your supplier and/or kitchen fitter to make sure the theory can be translated into reality.
The kitchen designer and kitchen fitter are professional people and it’s worth investing in their expertise. You don’t often re-design your kitchen- perhaps once or twice in a home before you move on, so it should be seen as an investment rather than something to scrimp on.
When providing your input into the design layout, remember that you don’t want to have too much distance between your hob, your sink and your fridge. Do you have a dining room? If yes, then will you really be using a breakfast bar or table, which will take up valuable space? If cooking is you passion then you may want additional storage capacity in your kitchen for all your devices and a larger worktop area for your food preparation.
One thing to plan for is the amount of time your kitchen will be out of action. If significant changes are taking place, you will need to plan for how you can feed your and your family for a few days up to a few weeks. You won’t be able to live on take-aways for more than a couple of days, so perhaps prepare some food in advance and use a neighbours fridge and microwave. Perhaps utilise a room such as a utility room or dining room, to have a few electric kitchen devices there on hand to serve as a mini kitchen.
Once the kitchen is installed, the look should be completed with wall and floor tiles, new paint and accessories (in the chosen kitchen style) and thus you will have created your dream kitchen!