Planning your dream kitchen can seem daunting. Despite the fact once your new kitchen is completed your home life will improve immeasurably, there’s no doubt that the experience can be stressful. We would even put the stress of having a new kitchen fitted up there with having your first child or moving house!
In this guide, we will go over the key steps to planning your dream kitchen and all the steps necessary to make it a pleasure, not a pain.
Often the catalyst for looking for a new kitchen is the unsuitability of your current units. However, moving on to plan your kitchen based on what you don’t like is not a great idea. At this stage, it’s essential to take your time and compile the themes, colours and layouts you love the most. If you’re a couple doing this together is essential!
If you really want to keep on top of it as you browse the internet looking for ideal kitchen we recommend having a place to keep and store your ideas. This can be done in a multitude of ways. If you’re old school then feel free to print out images and add them to a scrapbook, for a more modern take you could create a shared file on Google Slides which allows you to share the link with your loved one.
There are a never-ending amount of Instagram and Pinterest accounts dedicated to kitchen remodelling. As such we would encourage you to decide when to stop researching to avoid the process becoming dragged out. Sit down at this point and decide what you want.
Now you know what you would like it’s time to turn your dreams into the beginnings of a new kitchen. Take your final thoughts and comb the local area to find a kitchen company that can help consult your needs. If you’re based in Staffordshire then Mode Kitchens come highly recommended as one of the finest kitchen fitters in Stoke-on-Trent. Otherwise, consider word of mouth and online reviews before booking an appointment.
Once you’ve entered a consultation, be it over the phone or in person, prepare to be down to earth slightly. It’s the designer’s job to take your brief and budget then find a way to get something you will love for the cost you require. The ability to do this is a key skill unless your budget is high so expect the difficult decisions to start! Discuss what is important to you both prior to your appointment so you know what can be culled if need be.
It’s important to consult with a few experts to ensure you are getting a fair price and the right level of service. In your local area, there are likely a number of worthwhile professionals that could do a great job. Understand their service levels, a few questions to ask yourself can include:
- When can they install?
- Do they have their own team of fitters or do they use contractors?
- Are the cost prices and labour costs clear?
- Does their portfolio contain similar projects?
Once you’ve selected your kitchen fitter then sit back and relax! When they install it may be best to ensure any pets are either kept away from the work area, or better yet stay elsewhere. The level of noise and disruption can be stressful for animals, especially cats and dogs.
Throughout the process it is best to check in with the fitter team, even if it is just to offer coffee and a biscuit! It also ensures you can see the work is being done to standard and safely.