How to design a kitchen

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Knowing how to design a kitchen and what you need to think about is essential for any revamp or extension project. Designing the perfect kitchen for your home is no easy task. There are a lot of moving parts and elements you need to think about. From the design to products, to install, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

Here we go through just some of the elements our team discuss with our clients when designing a kitchen space. Every Wharfedale Kitchen is different and based on our clients’ lifestyle, space, and needs.

When do you start planning a kitchen?

Firstly, it’s a good idea to make sure you know when you need to start thinking about the kitchen and the different options available.

With plumbing, ventilation, electrics, lighting, underfloor heating, window, and doors all have an impact on your kitchen design, starting as early as possible is essential.

If you are struggling for time or aren’t sure about ideas, get in touch with one of the team. We have a vast about of experience and can ensure your dream kitchen is achieved.

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The Design, style & Layout

The kitchen is the statement of your home. It’s where most of the time is spent and it’s the heart of your property. When family and friends visit, it’s the place they will either rave about or not. And from a selling point of view, it’s the biggest criteria homebuyers look for, according to Rightmove. So it’s important to get right.

The obvious first step is considering what style and finish you prefer. Modern, traditional, contemporary, or german? Often it all depends on the age of your property, your personal preference, and what you are using the kitchen for.

If you’re looking for a modern kitchen design for example, you’re going to lean towards a gloss finish. For details on whether a gloss kitchen is right for you and the pros/cons can be found here.

The look you are trying to achieve will also determine the finish and even some of your products and appliances. Ensuring the design is spot-on and fulfills all your needs, is essential. Design professionals like us, utilise cutting edge CAD packages enabling them to create amazing life-like visuals of your project. Remember alterations at this stage are cost neutral, changes later in proceedings will hit your pocket.

The design is also particularly important for spaces that are awkward or small as often your design needs to be bespoke for the space to maximise it. For example, if you are keen on entertaining then a kitchen island layout is a must. This is one of the reasons why our designers get to know our clients and how they use their kitchen space.

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The first step when on our guide to how to design a kitchen was the aesthetics. Step two involves the productes needed to make this a reality. The options available in today’s marketplace are vast and can be overwhelming. So where do you begin?

Style preference plays a major role in the decision when choosing furniture. When selecting all the other products, your choice should not relate exclusively to appearance, but also to function and longevity.

Another factor is if you have a favorite brand like Bosch, Neff, Samsung, Quooker to name a few. Having a more premium brand in your kitchen will also provide a selling point if you do consider selling the property in the years to come.

We’d recommend you to visit your local Wharfedale showroom to experience the full potential of the latest appliances with many running cookery demonstrations or dining experiences.

Decisions still need to be made relating to the type and finish of
worksurface. Bear in mind you will demand many years of use from this
hard-worked aspect of your kitchen.

The same is true of sinks and taps, and the many other elements which
form the finished room including flooring and lighting, where there is
a formidable array of options.

Investing a little more in quality, will inevitably pay-off long-term leaving you with a kitchen that stands the test of time.

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To truly fulfil all your hopes and expectations for your new
kitchen, a vital ingredient beyond the first-rate design and quality
products required relates to project management.

Whether your project is a new build, extension, renovation or replacement,
the kitchen installation phase is the culmination of all that has gone before.
Hence why kitchens should be designed in conjunction with the
architectural phase and not once the build is underway.

That means your services such as power, plumbing, and extraction are all ready and in the right place before fitting the kitchen.

Take underfloor heating as an example, the kitchen furniture and appliances cannot sit above this, meaning the kitchen footprint is required prior to starting on site. The same is true of down draught extraction, where the pipes are embedded into the foundations. As such, the kitchen design needs to be well thought out from the outset.

Managing a successful kitchen project is complex and involves a wide range
of skills, knowledge, and experience. Project management is not only
restricted to goods and services but also involves scheduling the
various tradespeople required to successfully install your kitchen in a
logical and timely manner.

Summary of How to Design a Kitchen

You’ll find all these attributes in a professional kitchen specialist like us. Involving the right team in your project is always the best place to start, and you can check their previous projects from their portfolio of work to confirm their credentials.

At Wharfedale Interiors, our aim is to work with our clients to interpret their aims and objectives, both aesthetically and functionally. We want our clients to be thrilled with the end result and recommend us to their friends.

Get in touch today to start your dream kitchen project.