Transform Your Kitchen in Gloucestershire
We spend an ever-increasing amount of time in our kitchens. Over the years we have designed and fitted numerous new kitchens in Gloucester, Cheltenham and the surrounding areas so we think we know what we are talking about.
We know they have to combine the ultimate in functionality whilst being homely and aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Now that is a tall order but, with careful planning and research, we can create a unique kitchen design that is just right for you and your family.
Traditionally kitchen planning has always been a simple work triangle between the fridge, cooker and sink. While this generally still holds true, we now make so many more demands on our kitchens today.
We have various recycling boxes cluttering the floor, an increasing number of gadgets including coffee machines and bread makers take up our precious work surfaces, while the eating area often has to double up as a dining room, office and homework zone.
Here are some of the important considerations when looking at designing a kitchen:
- Begin with where you want to sit as your starting point. Ideally, the main work area should face the seating area. Installing an island enables you to have a hob on one side so you can talk to people as you cook and a breakfast bar with storage underneath on the other.
- Sinks are becoming a distinguishing feature and many people are opting for a double sink.
- Make sure that you not only have sufficient storage for recycling boxes, pots and pans and gadgets, but also for food. Standalone pantries are becoming popular once more.
- You can source good value kitchen units from DIY stores, John Lewis or IKEA. Pay a little more for soft close drawers, touch open cupboards or LED lighting if you want a quality feel.
- A mix of lighting is important to make sure your kitchen works well. Pendants are gaining popularity over recessed lighting.
- Work surfaces. Make sure you have enough work surfaces. People are now using a mix of materials, ranging from wood, marble, Corian, granite, stainless steel, slate or even concrete. If you only have one material, make sure it is as heat, water, and knife resistant as possible.
- Kitchens get a lot of traffic, so it’s worth having hardwearing linoleum, vinyl or wood floors. Stone and tile are also popular but can be prone to chipping and breaking.
- Colour scheme. You can always add a splash of colour by painting the walls.
If you are considering a new kitchen in Gloucester, Cheltenham or the surrounding areas give us a call on 01452 372229.
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