A new kitchen represents a substantial investment for the majority of the UK’s households. Your choice now will likely be with you for more than a decade, so it is imperative that you make the right decisions rather than having to embark on a costly overhaul in a few short years time.
Additionally, if you intend to move from your home in the not too distant future, you should consider this during the design process, as kitchens have the potential to make or break a sale. Although you may love a green high-gloss cupboard door, not everyone will feel the same, so perhaps choose something more neutral.
There are also many aspects of replacing a kitchen which first-timers fail to consider, and which can add a great deal onto the cost of the project. You need to ensure you budget for these instances.
Removing the old to make way for the new
The first stage of fitting a new kitchen invariably involves stripping out whatever fixtures currently make up the room. This can include everything from the cupboards and carcasses to tiles, lino and old appliances. Don’t just assume that the new kitchen company will do this job for you; some fitters charge heavily for the privilege. So ask before you commit to the price of the kitchen project.
Electrics – sparking a wealth of questions
Every single socket, light and appliance should be carefully considered before you start the installation process. The vast majority of kitchen companies will provide a comprehensive service when it comes to electrics but you will need to think about the best place to place sockets, to avoid costly revisits to install extra power points in the future.
During the planning process, a good kitchen fitter should ask you were you want your sockets to go and ensure any large appliances such as cookers can be hard-wired into the mains. He should also ask to see your consumer unit to ensure this is up to date. If it is not, he may be required to change it, so it is imperative all these costs are totalled before the project’s start.
Make sure every socket/appliance/power point, as well as its finish and location is detailed within the quote to avoid confusion.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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