The kitchen is the very heart of any home, and with a constant high volume of traffic, it must be extremely durable, in every sense of the word. Due to the nature of the kitchen, practicality comes before aesthetics, and aside from a good design, the quality of the materials really should be top notch. The word “cheap” should never be in the same sentence as “kitchen”, and with that in mind, here is a checklist to ensure you make informed decisions and end up with your dream kitchen.
- Budget – Assuming you are going for the best, and there’s little point in doing otherwise, you will need to calculate your budget. Be realistic, and if you really don’t have what you need, use the finance facility that the kitchen supplier can provide. Don’t make the mistake of compromising on quality due to a low budget, as your kitchen will suffer as a result.
- Quality – The kitchen is the one room in the house that needs to be extremely durable, and this can best be achieved with timber. There are companies that specialise in made to measure solutions, and if you happen to live in the UK, there are handcrafted bespoke wooden kitchens in York that are guaranteed for a lifetime. The ideal kitchen would be very functional, and by using the best appliances and hand crafted wooden cabinets, you can rest assured that your dream kitchen will last for many years.
- Design – This is a critical stage and with professional help, your concept can be transformed onto paper, and with your input, the design team will create something unique and suited to the occupants. Obviously, size is a factor and if your kitchen is a little on the small size, careful design will make the most out of the available space.
- The Right Contractor – There are many kitchen renovation companies, and a simple online search would bring up a long list of websites. You really want someone local, and that will narrow things down somewhat, but even then, you would have 3 or 4 potential suppliers, but with some browsing, you should find a company that is upmarket and only deals in bespoke solutions. Avoid budget kitchens on special offer, as more often than not, it is a way to sell old stock at knockdown prices, and the old saying, “You only get what you pay for” definitely rings true with kitchen renovation.
- Contract – The company you select would enter into a contract with you, and this is something you need to go over with the contractor is great detail. It is important, for both contractor and client, that everything is clearly detailed, and with an itemised account, the client can see where the money is going.
Planning a kitchen renovation might seem a little daunting, but if you cover the above points, your kitchen will be something special, and as it is the very best quality, it will remain so for many, many years.