Tips & Advice On Building Your Kitchen
When designing your new kitchen be sure that you adopt a style that you love and reflects your personal taste rather than following the latest trend. Otherwise you can run the risk of installing a kitchen that may fall out of favour quickly, leaving you desperate to replace it.
Take your time to research and unleash your inner designer by putting your own spin on style, be clever with accessories, wall colours and finishes; these can easily be altered should your mood change! Our extensive kitchen range means you can choose from minimalist modern gloss to traditional country kitchen and everywhere in-between!
Begin your kitchen plan by mapping out your new kitchen layout, on a piece of graph paper if possible.
- Measuring the room accurately is crucial. So make sure you allow time for this and we would recommend as a failsafe getting someone else to recheck the measurements.
- Draw the walls on to your graph paper and add the positions of your doors, windows and any other restrictions such as a chimney breast and then mark which walls are external and which are internal.
- Highlight on your plan where the electrical sockets are (or where you would like them to be), and where plumbing and waste pipes are located.
- Note the position of your boiler. If the boiler is located in the kitchen and is to remain there, make a note on the plan of its position, plus the make and model of the boiler. We strongly recommend you get in touch with the boiler manufacturer to discuss their recommendations or alternatively contact GasSafe for up to date information on regulations regarding gas installations. This is extremely important as a poorly ventilated boiler can cause carbon monoxide poisoning which can be fatal.
- Allow space to play with. If you plan to exact wall sizes then you’ll more than likely come across problems during the installation. Allowing small 15-40mm fillers between the cabinets and the walls will give you more space to play with and stop handles clashing. Starting to plan your kitchen from the corners is also a good idea.
- Think about what you need from the space, is it to be a social area as well as a storage area. Think carefully about what you want to be seen and what needs to be hidden. Utilising clever storage solutions you can make a limited floor plan work more effectively; cramming all your worldly kitchen goods into 3 cupboards is a thing of the past. Using a little imagination you can create the perfect space that can be both functional and fashionable. Wirework and corner units all provide ways to make the most of the space.