How to Get the Most Out of Your New Kitchen
Kitchen designers in North Wales and throughout the UK are there to offer advice on ways you can get the most out of your kitchen, providing functionality but also an aesthetic appeal for your dream space.
There are a number of design points and elements to consider when remodelling a kitchen, as this is only an opportunity which comes around once a decade or two. Firstly you should begin with redesigning your existing space based on what currently works for you, how you use the space and what you would like to do differently.
Consider aspects such as how many people you’d like to accommodate in the space you have, if your existing room has an island/dining area would this continue to help you multitask? This could be relating to daily tasks such as assisting children with school projects whilst you cook, having additional space to serve food all at once rather than individually placing plates and passing them along. There’s a lot to consider and it’s best to sit down with kitchen designers in your area to discuss all your options.
Counter space is another critical design element as this dictates the activities that will occur here. This can be anything from meal preparation, having more than one or two people using the space at one time, multitasking and an array of other tasks and projects. Additionally, you should also consider the type of counter tops you want. You can purchase stain and scratch resistant surfaces, as well as a variety of finishes to go with the style of your new space.
In addition to counter space, cabinets and other forms of storage should be considered. Depending on the amount of people you are accommodating for, you need to consider how much storage space you need and what this storage will hold: food items, pots & pans, cups, plates and appliances which you wish not to have on show. Your first option for additional storage space within cabinets, without adding more than your need, is to have your cabinets running to the ceiling. Some like to have space above cupboards to store boxes to appliances for example, however if you wish to store them elsewhere and be more practical with your space, then taller cupboards is one way forward.
In order to save counter space, people may store appliances such as toasters in their cupboards once they have finished with them. However, this then takes up valuable cupboard space. One way around this is to consider integrated appliances. This is a fantastic option to save space, but to also have a functional kitchen. It’s best to have appliances you know you will use on a daily or weekly basis in this form, not just for the sake of having a fancy gadget in your kitchen. Although it may feel like a luxury having a built in coffee machine, if you are happy with making instant coffee from your kettle then stick to that. Built-in appliances are also great from a health and safety perspective, especially if you have children in the home. Gadgets are kept out of reach and away from any spillages, which can be a hazard.