The Ultimate Guide To Kitchen Planning

Home inspiration is everywhere. When it comes to Kitchen Designs we see stunning spaces on television, in magazines and, if you’ve shown an interest in the past, the algorithms will show you kitchens galore as you scroll through instagram.

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When you look at these beautifully finished spaces it is easy to forget how much work goes into the design, not to mention the amount of work that was needed to install it.

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Never underestimate how much planning went into the design or indeed the fitting of the space you are seeing. Whether you are designing your kitchen yourself, or using a professional kitchen design company like Matter Designs, the first thing you need to do is measure up. If you have chosen not to use a professional then we recommend measuring again to double check your measurements. You should also check the measurements of rooms in different places to account for curved walls, or find the true area of non-square spaces.

Think About How You Will Use Your Space In Future

Think about how you use your kitchen now – and what changes you would like to make to make day-to-day life easier in the short term. This means things like including a table or a breakfast bar so you can enjoy meals in your kitchen? Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen and want to include space to entertain?

Whatever your lifestyle you also need to make sure your space will work for you over the longer term. That means thinking about how you use it now and how you may want to use it in the future. If you plan to move house at some point then this should influence what you include in the kitchen design. Your choices need to appeal to potential buyers too.

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Consider Your Budget

Kitchens are not cheap. Material costs can be high and then there is a lot of skilled labour required to get the job finished to a high standard. When assessing a budget it is important to frame decisions as an investment in your property and your own happiness. 

We all want the finest appliances and a sleek design that suits our style, but do not underestimate the cost of the little things like appliances and fixtures. Make sure you know how much you have to spend and plan your designs to include all costs like pipework and electrical fixtures. There is a lot that goes into a kitchen and a lot of costs to consider. If you find yourself wanting things that are slightly out of your budget then it may be better to delay the project until you can afford exactly what you want.

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Search For The Best Suppliers & Tradesmen

There are plenty of options out there when it comes to the things you want to have in your kitchen. You can go directly to manufacturers, let a project manager take care of everything or even buy off the shelf from somewhere like B & Q. However you decide to do it, be sure to shop around to find the best value deals and always consider the quality of what you are buying. 

The same stands for choosing a skilled professional to fit the kitchen too. Use recommendations, referrals and check reviews. There is usually a good reason for feedback, be it a good or a bad. It is impossible to please every client 100% of the time, but if a company has a lot of bad reviews it isn’t usually unjustified. When searching for local companies online it is always better to find a reputable company like Matter Designs that has good reviews and is happy to share past projects with you so you can see the quality of work for yourself.


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