Not long after I moved into my home around 6 and half years ago I had a new kitchen fitted. It was something my landlord had on the cards and myself, and my neighbours all had the option of designing a new kitchen from a list of available kitchens styles, cupboards and worktops. I chose the black and white option.
Gloss white doors to make them easier to clean and a black worktop along with black flooring and white walls. My plan was to accentuate it with a splash of colour. To this day that colour remains purple. All work surfaces and major appliances are at one end leaving me space for a dining table to complete the look of a kitchen/diner in one.
But now it is coming up to 5 years since my kitchen installation, things have changed somewhat in the most used room of the house.
New appliances have been added and taken away and new accessories too. I have mentioned over the years about how I would like to give my kitchen a little makeover and in some respects, the ideas are still there and pretty much in progress – I have my American style fridge freezer and gone are the under counter separates to make way for bar stools to create a breakfast bar – but in other respects, I am quite limited with what I can do.
My kitchen was fitted for how I had it back then.
For what appliances I had and spaces I needed. I didn’t and still don’t have a dishwasher. There is no option for me to have one now unless I go through a lengthy process of applying to make changes then paying for a cupboard to be removed and dishwasher installed.
My fridge freezer sits on the opposite side of the kitchen to my sink and for this reason, cannot be plumbed in at this time. That is unless I want to have a pipe running around my kitchen. This renders one of the features – the water and ice box, useless for the time being. However, the design of my kitchen and placement of the backdoor leaves no option to have the appliance situated closely to the sink meaning the addition of a pipe would always be needed.
Things have changed since I moved in. As have mine and Olivia’s needs at home. We were lucky that the kitchen was fitted by our landlords and we were able to have this done. However, if you are looking to upgrade to a new kitchen, either a complete refit or maybe adding an extension to increase the size, there are some things you should consider before taking the plunge.
How can you maximise space and productivity?
Be it if you use your kitchen for its intended purpose or mostly for socialising (working from home/laundry room) like I do. You want to be able to utilise as much of the space as you can. Especially if space is something you don’t have. I can honestly fit my mum’s kitchen and both of my sister’s kitchens in mine and still have room. The irony being I spend very little time cooking in there!
Think about what space you need, how many cupboards and kitchen units it should have and the best possible positioning to easily accommodate everything you need. This is something that is top of the list for my friend Maria from Suburban Mum. More storage and cupboard space are one of her priorities for a new kitchen along with being able to maximise the space in her small kitchen.
If possible, think ahead!
Are you planning to upgrade your kitchen goods in the near future? Are you planning this to be your forever home to grow a family? Maybe now is the time to make the changes and lay the groundwork. You may not have funds right now to add a dishwasher or a range cooker, but they may be something you are considering in the future.
See if you can fit this into your plans and whilst having your new kitchen designed, add in these factors so when you do add these to your home, you don’t need to change the layout or make spaces wider to accommodate them.
Integrated or freestanding?
I don’t have an integrated kitchen. However, this may be a viable option if you are tight on space or you are looking for a complete overhaul. This would free up valuable counter space and give your kitchen a sleek sophisticated finish. If you are looking to replace your old kitchen appliances at the same time, this is definitely worth looking into.
Having a new kitchen fitted can be expensive, companies like Kitchen Warehouse UK have a clear pricing structure to help you budget and plan a kitchen that you can afford as you build it cupboard by cupboard. Make sure you source the best materials you can for the price you can afford. After all, you want a good quality kitchen that will last and you will be happy with once it is fitted.
*a collaborative post*