Did you know the kitchen is the feng shui symbol of wealth and prosperity? That's why we want to provide the best possible help for you and your kitchen- we offer UNLIMITED FREE ADVICE from our entire team is available on any ad-hoc matters throughout your install and post install periods. This means that you can call on us at any time knowing that you will never be charged for our time or advice. If we are unable to help we will put you in touch with other experts who can.
Don't like tiles? - Stainless steel, glass or acrylic splash backs offer a modern and easy to clean alternative.
New kitchen or kitchen refurb? When considering a kitchen refurbishment, it is also worth getting a price for complete new kitchen cabinets for comparison, as often times this is can only be a few hundred pounds difference. If you are choosing to replace your kitchen doors, please remember you will probably also need to replace the end panels, any infills, corner posts, pelmets, cornices, plinths etc. Also the hinge holes on the doors may be in different positions to the originals. For further advice, please contact us.
Research and Plan Your Kitchen - If you haven't already, please download or request our 'Guide to Planning Your Kitchen' - see below. This will make the whole process a lot quicker and easier for you. We would also recommend looking through kitchen brochures, seeing exhibits and on-line sites, to gather practical and good style ideas to see what works for your kitchen, such as houzz.co.uk/photos/kitchen, Pinterest or Facebook - see links below.
Short of space? - Plinth drawers make use of all the space available in your kitchen.
Instead of having cupboards as your base units, use pan drawers where possible. This actually gives you more storage area and also ease of access to your items. This negates the problem of having to rummage in your kitchen cupboards to get to items at the back, because you can simply pull out a drawer instead. Very practical and extremely stylish.
Bi-fold doors on kitchen wall units can be left open, without the doors getting in the way - for instance if you are cooking, you can reach things as you need them (by leaving the doors open) rather than having everything out on the work surface. This gives you more work surface to use and keeps everywhere tidy.
Want to hide unsightly plug sockets? - Use pop-up sockets fitted into your worktops.
If you love wooden work tops but hate the fact that they are high maintenance, especially around the sink area where they can often discolour and go mouldy...consider mix and matching your work surfaces. Wooden work tops can be mix and matched with granite, quartz, or hard surface work tops, which are great if you are having "Belfast" or "under mounted" sinks.
As a way of reducing the overall cost of your kitchen, consider purchasing larger double cupboards, instead of smaller individual cupboards. This will give you the same amount of cupboard space, but costs less!
Can't reach into your cupboards? - Corner carousels allow you to access everything in a corner cupboard and pull out baskets and larder units bring your packets, jars and tins to you.
How to add value to your home - The secret to a new kitchen is to spend a sum proportionate to the value of your home. There is no point putting a £40K kitchen in a £250k house, you won't see your money back. Equally, a £10k kitchen in a £1 million house will drag down its' value. Internet research has found that a new kitchen adds on average 5-15% to the value of a property and makes it more attractive to potential buyers. Therefore it makes sense to spend around 10% of your property value on your kitchen budget, and be able to recoup costs.
How much will my new kitchen cost? However there are endless variables, depending on what you have chosen, the shape and size of your room, (electrics/plumbing/plastering may be extra etc) but here are some ballpark figures based on average clients.
Lower Budget - generally small kitchens - basic flat pack units, budget laminate worktops, budget sink and tap, appliances and fitting. Approx £6-10,000.
Mid Budget - Low-end assembled or quality flat pack units, quality laminate worktops, quality sink and tap, mid range appliances and fitting. Approx £15-25,000.
Higher Budget - Top-end assembled units, solid surface tops i.e. granite, Corian etc, quality sink and filter tap, top range appliances and fitting. Approx £30,000+.
Want to add a touch of style? - Lighting makes a big impact. Under cupboard and plinth lights look great, as well as lighting up dark corners. Or why not try a glass illuminated shelf?
Ready? Click below to download your FREE guide to planning your kitchen...