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How to design a new kitchen

 

When working with a bespoke kitchen company like Dovetail you input is the most important part of the process, from design to installation the entire project should be built around you.  

Evaluate what you need

 

Take a look at your kitchen and begin making a wish list, you know what you like and don’t. I can’t count the amount of times I have been cooking in my kitchen and think to myself I wish I had more space here or I wish my appliances were over there. Forget about price for now you can take things off at a later date just add anything that would make your dream kitchen perfect for you to your wish list. With a clear defined vision of what you need when you work with your next kitchen company you will be able to explain to them your clear vision, they can then use their expertise to advise you on what works best for you. 

 

Get some inspiration online

 

You are reading this so you are looking for help online, great start. Start googling kitchen design ideas for images and you can quickly pick and choose the colours and features you like best. Everyone wants their kitchen to be unique and it will be once it’s yours, but there is no shame in saying you like parts of a different kitchen and implementing them into your next idea. You will find the more exactly you can visualise your new kitchen the quicker it will become a reality rather than an idea. Also don’t be afraid to ask your new kitchen company for more images of projects they have done before. They very well may have completed a kitchen that could also be perfect for you.

 

Your colours will be one of the most important decisions you make

 

The colour of a kitchen is often overlooked however the difference it can make can change the whole feel of your room. The most common kitchen colour choice will be white for most people, a white kitchen has a lot of benefits it will keep your kitchen looking much more fresh and clean and give the illusion of more space, however it can make the room feel a little colder than it usually is. Deep reds and blacks can give off more warmth however those strong colours won’t appeal to everyone. Alternatively take a look at you surrounding if you are in the countryside and have a lot of greenery around you then the use of greens’ or wood worktops can really transform your kitchen however that would look out of place in a city apartment. Your colour choice of your next kitchen will be a completely subjective one just choose what you like best, it’s that simple.

 

Make sure your kitchen is future proofed

 

More than ever tech is a huge part of any modern home and while you can always account for every technological innovation you want to ensure your kitchen is ready to have tech integrated into it easily. A smart kitchen can make your life so much easier everything from extra charging ports to self opening cupboard doors your kitchen can serve you like it never has before. 

 

Set your budget

 

The money you can spend will really dictate what you can and can’t have in your new kitchen. Set a budget you can afford and don’t go over it, be honest with the kitchen company you are working with. It is their job to give you the options of what you can and can’t have with what you can afford. Look at the wish list you made for your dream kitchen a prioritise what is most important to you. Maybe you can’t afford to have everything you dream of but if you work with your kitchen company you can design around this so there is still room to develop and add to your kitchen later down the line when you have more to spend. 

Designing your dream kitchen can be a long project but who you choose to work with is crucial, it is their job to make the process as simple as possible for you. Just be certain what you want and what you like and don’t before getting a quote. Remember this is your kitchen and you need to be in charge of the design process. No one knows what you like better than you.    

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Why you should get a kitchen island

 

Kitchen islands have quickly become the most popular and requested feature in any new kitchen development. This trend has remained in fashion for years but has grown with the benefit it provides to families and people who enjoy to entertain. The kitchen no longer has to be just for cooking it can now be the social hub of your home. With families spending more and more time online and not socialising as much people have found having somewhere for the family to cook, live and laugh together in a comfortable environment.

When it comes to choosing your kitchen island you have lots of choice from worktops to colours and appliances. Popular worktops include granite & quartz the later being the best quality. Choosing a quartz worktop gives you a long lasting strong and durable centre piece to your kitchen. Granite worktops also sturdy can be scratch and stain resistant meaning less maintenance and consistent quality. Both types of worktops require very little maintenance and smooth surfaces mean they are wipe cleanable making them perfect for modern living. If you are designing a more countryside traditional kitchen then you may opt for hardwood worktop. Hardwood worktops are cheaper than quartz and despite being not scratch resistant the show of wear and work on a hardwood worktop only ever adds to the look of a rustic kitchen. Similar to granite you could easily have this worktop on your island match the worktops of your entire kitchen allowing for the same feel and look throughout.

When it comes to designing a kitchen island gives you the space you need to keep your kitchen looking great without sacrificing function. A popular option is to have a built in appliance to a kitchen island giving you a dedicated cooking area and keeping the rest of your worktops clean and clear no longer will you feel like you don’t have the prep or cooking space you need to make cooking fun again whether it be just for you or the whole family joining in. If you are opting for your island to be more of a social seated place then why not utilise smart storage systems giving your space to keep all your cutlery and items and even hidden charging ports for laptops and phones. A popular design trend for kitchen islands is to now have the base complement the rest of your kitchen through colour whether that be matching the colours of your cabinets or mirroring the colours of your walls. A design that is more understated is to have washed out colours for your kitchen as a whole then a bright vibrant colour for an island to make your island a focal point for your entire room.   

When opting for a kitchen island its design and function is completely versatile allowing it to completely meet you needs. Many families have complemented the use of an island to turn their kitchen into a truly family area. If you have the space and the budget then a kitchen island can only offer substantial benefits to your new kitchen redesign

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How much does a new kitchen cost?

 

This is a question people should always ask themselves prior to even choosing what type of kitchen they want. The truth is a kitchen could cost you anything from 10k-150k depending on a variety of factors, such as materials, appliances and how much space you have to work with. Your kitchen is a long term investment meant to last years, so it is often wise not to cut corners on quality however you always have to work within your budget. As said lots of factors can vary the price of your dream kitchen. So let’s take a look at things you should consider that can affect the price of your next project.

 

Appliances 

 

Let’s first look at appliances this factor will be different for everyone. Do you have a brand new cooker and dishwasher or are you looking to upgrade? This is important to take note of if you are looking to get your appliances built into your kitchen because replacing them after the fact can be very time consuming and costly. Although possible it is best to have this sorted before your installation as many people when they get their new kitchen installed want it ready to go. As Well as your conventional appliances consider smart tech integration: How much technology do you want in your kitchen such as self opening cabinets and doors or hidden charging ports for your electronics. All of these extras are great and help future proof your investment but can always affect cost. 

 

Space

 

Although often overlooked considering how much space you have to work with is much more important than how big your kitchen is going to be. Start to consider how you are going to use the space. If you are a smaller family and you rarely use your kitchen area then maybe you don’t have to invest as much in a state of the art kitchen that will not be used as much. More and more often people are now looking for their kitchen to be the social hub of their home, from entertaining guests to just having somewhere to sit and eat with your family. If you have the space to work with you can really turn your kitchen into a functional and comfortable social area, raising the cost yet being worth it because your larger kitchen will be used everyday. 

 

Island? No Island?

 

Tangentially related to your kitchen space is whether to include an island in your kitchen.Kitchen Islands are hugely popular due to their functionality and giving you an area to sit, eat and cook. An island will really give your kitchen much more use, however it is not always the best option if your kitchen is only just big enough to fit one in. If you have a smaller kitchen islands can really affect the flow and make your room feel more cramped. When it comes to cost the main factor which will vary the price of an island is the worktop, a quartz worktop although the best option would be more expensive than a hardwood top.

 

Cabinets

 

Kitchen cabinets can really change the price of your kitchen, afterall they will be the bulk of your installation. You want to find a mix between an affordable cost and a cabinet type that is manufactured to be long lasting. Any good kitchen installer should be able to give you a good variety of choices. When looking at your cabinet materials we suggest you go for a minimum of 18/19mm HDF board anything less than this will not last very long and you could be looking to replace it within a couple of years. By opting for 19mm and above you will be safeguarding your investment. If you are looking for maximum protection and longevity you could opt for 22m solid oak, this will raise your cost although it is the best quality option. Similar to your cabinet materials choice is the choice of your doors. Although doors do not have to be the same thickness as the actual cabinet it is a good choice to not skimp on cost here. A low quality melamine wrapped door could end up peeling ad degreading after a couple of years of use, so be sure you ask your kitchen provider what the best door option is for you in relation to longevity.

 

Building & Installation

 

When purchasing your new kitchen you will need it installed by a professional. There is very little point paying lots of money for all the best appliances and cabinets if your installer is sub par. In this case be sure to do your research check reviews and listen to recommendations. Often a good rule is using the company supplying you the kitchen, if they are big enough to supply as well as fit it is more likely they have the knowledge and skills to install to fit your new kitchen at the highest standard. Building work also comes into account always have the kitchen company come out and survey your kitchen space to ensure they know what the installation is going to entail, this way you won’t be hit by extra bills due to “unforeseen issues”.

 

Kitchens Add Value!

 

When talking about kitchens you often use the word investment. This is because a kitchen is exactly that. A high quality well installed kitchen that is made to last will always add value to your home. Obviously there are external values affecting this such as your homes ceiling price. Look at property developers whenever they are looking to develop and sell a house they most often install a new kitchen because not only does it make your home more appealing but it also raises its value. When looking at your new kitchen as an investment in your home rather than an extravagant purchase it makes the buying process and the pricing of it a lot easier and smarter.

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