Tips & Advice On Building Your Kitchen

TIPS AND ADVICE

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Kitchen Planner

Download our amazing Kitchen planner. Cut out the units from this pack, and arrange to create your perfect kitchen.

Kitchen Island

For a larger space a kitchen island can serve a number of purposes. In addition to being a visual anchor in the space, they also help increase the room’s functionality and efficiency.

According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders more than 70% of buyers want an island in their kitchen, and of those, 50% consider it a must-have.

The size and shape will be determined by room’s layout; Allow for at least 36-48 inches between the perimeter of the island and the surrounding cabinets so there’s enough room for people to move around.

Things to consider include the space within the kitchen and therefore the overall size of the island, how the kitchen and ultimately, the island will be used, and what if any appliances may need to be included.