So, you would like a brand new kitchen? In a perfect world, if you have the budget to go and get a nice 3D design done at a kitchen shop, then pay to get them to install it! However, if you do not have the budget for that or maybe you would like to have a go at designing one for yourself. In that case follow or handy guide for designing a fitted kitchen.
Things you should do when designing a kitchen:
Double check your requirements ahead of ordering anything. Check twice - order once!
When you have received your order, check that everything has arrived and that it is in good working order before look for a tradesman to build it for you.
When you use the same width door on the base units as do with the wall units, they should line up nicely.
To minimise the plumbing required, place the washing machine as well as the dishwasher next to the sink.
Put your hob in an accessible place which will miminise you walking all around the kitchen with hot pans.
Always allow a minimum of 300 mm each side of the cooker hob to allow for protruding pan handles.
Things not to do when designing your kitchen:
Don't put cooker hob under a window. Curtains catch fire and arms get burned opening windows that way!
Don't split your work tops by positioning the oven or cupboards in the middle
Never put wall units above a cooker hob without an extractor
Never make a worktop joint near an inset sink
Never put a hob at the end of a run or next to a door. A protruding pan handle could easily be caught by a passer by
Do not put an oven next to a fridge or freezer
Follow these rules and you will not go far wrong!
Designing your own own kitchen is great fun but it may also be expensive if you get it wrong without realising it. I have in the past, designed my own kitchen and then taken it to a kitchen design company and got them to check everthing. Believe me, it is an incredible feeling when they can't find anything wrong with the design that you have come up with. Having said that, they are going to try and convince you that they can design a better kitchen for you.
Hear what they have got to say, it may well sometimes pay to combine your ideas with their ideas. You may even decide that there ideas are better than your's. This does not mean you have to hire them to install it. The choice is alway up to you. Don't let yourself be pressured in to making a decision that you aren't really comfortable with making. At the end of the day, getting a new kitchen is quite a costly thing to do whether you do it all yourself or you hire someone else to do it for you. Take some time and try to take the appropriate decisions. Good luck with your new kitchen design project.
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If I ever have a large project in mind, the first thing I do is to check the company. For example, if I want to desgn a fitted kitchen, the first thing I do is to check out a few companies by using a website like Right Trader. It doesn't cost anything to check them out.
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