If you are thinking about upgrading your kitchen you may be surprised with the amount of choice there is for fitting it out. It is no small task picking out all the fixtures, fittings, and appliances. You may also have to choose your own builder, plumber or handyman to install it all as well. Read our handy guide to help you make the best choices for your new kitchen.
You may want to start by looking at the kind of appliances you want to have built into your kitchen. Some kitchens are too small to integrate much. Others have an additional utility room to place washing machines, dryers and the fridge freezer. Don’t forget to measure your utility room as well as your kitchen when you are planning a refit.
The types of appliances you may wish to have built in include ovens, hobs, dishwashers, microwaves, sinks, coffee machines, wine fridges, and dryers. Not every kitchen is big enough for all these appliances. You can find some Cameo Kitchens built in appliances and other ranges online for inspiration. Some people prefer a country style kitchen where units and dressers are free standing. This gives a more homely and cozy feel. A fitted kitchen can feel a little clinical with its clean lines and everything hidden away. For some this is exactly the look they are after.
For sinks and taps, you can choose integrated or under mounted sinks. You may want two or three-bowl sink options. Taps can be individual, mixer, spray or a combination. You may want to include a filter system and a water boiler. Take some time to think about how you use your current kitchen and where it falls short. What would go on your wishlist? A dream kitchen is possible if you carefully plan for it.
Your counter or worktop could be made from a choice of several different materials. The cheapest is a laminate covered wood composite. You could also choose a solid wood, marble or granite worktop. They all come in a range of colors and textures. Your budget may dictate what you end up with, but ideally you will have considered how they match the cupboard finish. You may just be replacing the cupboard doors and worktop. Alternatively you may be redesigning your entire kitchen and looking at an entirely new layout. You can use apps on your tab or smartphone to do this, or visit your local kitchen store.
Whatever your dream kitchen may look like, you should be able to fit it out with everything you need to make this room the heart of your home. It should be functional enough to provide you and the whole family with the facility to cook good meals and store all of your kitchen appliances and gadgets. Lighting under cabinets, kickboards, and overhead help provide a safe environment while you cook. They also help you personalize your kitchen further. You may need a specialist electrician to help you install adequate lighting in your new kitchen.