So you’ve taken the first leap and decided your old kitchen is not working for you anymore and you fancy designing your kitchen. You want a new dynamic space like you’ve seen in the magazines, where the kitchen is square shaped with a central island, surrounded by pots and pans, a culinary delight! But where do you even begin? A kitchen remodel can feel daunting but it doesn’t have to.
These are our best kitchen design ideas and checklist points you must consider before getting started. This is how to plan a kitchen. Whether you are having an extension or just redesigning an existing room, these five things will help you along your way to that magazine kitchen;
1. Who is your kitchen remodel for?
Consider who will be using the space, is it just for yourself, do you have a partner, a lodger, pets, or are there any children? Do you really want to be mopping that sparkling cream floor everyday to remove the evidence of muddy paws and boots?
If you have lodgers you may need to design space for multiples of appliances, to comfortably cater for the amount of people utilising the space. Considering WHO you are designing this space for is a key starting point in developing a kitchen that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Designing your kitchen around practicality is the best way to achieve a result that you love and lasts. You may have other accessibility features that you need to add, for instance a step or amble wheelchair space. These features don’t need to be an eyesore and can be created with some clever design and use of space.
2. Should I move my kitchen?
Location is key. Your kitchen may be the heart of the home, a room where everyone walks through and congregates, or perhaps it is off to the side and a room just for the chef.
If your kitchen is a commuter space – by which I mean you walk through it to get to other rooms of your home but not necessarily stopping in the kitchen – consider the movement paths that people create as they move through the space. Do not obstruct these walkways with worktops or appliances. This will make commuting to other spaces difficult and annoying. You want to aim to continue free movement through the space where possible.
Alternatively, if your kitchen is a room users tend to collect in and socialise, consider designing in some seating space, for onlookers to sit and talk without being in the way of the chef of the house. The location is key when doing a kitchen remodel, oftentimes people will move their kitchen to achieve their perfect atmosphere.
If you’re considering a complete kitchen remodel and moving the location you must take into account how much space appliances and worktop space will take. Perhaps that other room only appears larger now because it is empty. Others will extend their kitchen or knock down walls to create kitchen-diners, giving a lot more space for relaxing and cooking.
Most people make the mistake of copying a kitchen they like, rather than designing something that suits their own space
3. How will you be designing your kitchen?
What kind of kitchen suits your personal and home style? Maybe your house a big country manor or a London cutting edge flat. Is it a cosy cottage or prime penthouse? Remaining in keeping with your buildings heritage and overall look can be important.
A country kitchen complete with a solid fuel aga is not what you would expect walking in to a city centre penthouse, and may not be functional because of that. Equally, it is important to have a kitchen that is in keeping with your personal style, a space that you love, and is part of your home as opposed to just a functional room. A marriage of these two points will be sure to create a space that works for you but also works for your home.
4. What is the longevity of your kitchen remodel?
How long are you planning to keep this kitchen? Do you intend to move soon or would you consider yourself a serial decorator? In either of these cases consider a kitchen that can be easily adapted, for example, having appliances that are not built in can allow for you to change your kitchens style or layout without needing to purchase new fridges/freezer etc. not only saving you money but saving waste of perfectly good appliances.
Likewise, if you plan to move home in the near future, appliances that are not built in will offer you the chance to take these with you. If you are considering moving home, be sure to design a kitchen that will appeal to new potential buyers, a functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen can be the difference between a house being on the market for a week and a year.
Maybe you have a family to consider when redesigning your kitchen. When you’re looking to remodel your kitchen and keep it for a while you want to choose a classic style. Though trendy kitchens in magazines are the source of envy, styles are always changing. While a completely green, eclectic kitchen may be in style now, will it be in 8-10 years?
5. Redesigning your kitchen space
How big is your space? Don’t be discouraged if your kitchen doesn’t offer you all the space you have dreamt of. Some of the best designers have spent their time looking at ways of maximizing the potential of small spaces, designing storage into every possible nook and cranny, leaving no space unused, and allowing your small kitchen to fulfill its potential. If you do have a small space, be realistic when designing your kitchen, get your ideas and inspiration from other similar size spaces, you would be surprised how big a space can seem with a few crafty storage ideas! Think big!
So you think you are ready to get designing? Remember to consider these five points and you will be well on your way to that dream kitchen, whether small or large, you will have the tools to create a space that works for you, your guests and the house as a whole. Good Luck!
At Sustainable Kitchens we get asked how to plan a kitchen everyday, people are often shocked at the smooth process that we provide when completing a project. Designing your kitchen is what we’re good at, and doing it sustainably is our ultimate goal. Get in touch to discuss your project, we’re always excited by new ideas and innovative kitchens.