Points to consider when buying a kitchen
The kitchen is the most heavily used room of the house and is more than just the utilitarian space of old. It’s the heart of the home, a social hub as well as a food factory. Though an old adage, it’s still very true that you get what you pay for. An ‘off the shelf kitchen’ may mean continual maintenance after a few years, just to keep going. A bespoke kitchen means that the kitchen will be built around how you want it to work rather than you having to adapt your ideas to what is available.
- The space. If you keep it clutter free and incorporate clever storage a small kitchen will look bigger and a larger kitchen will be a calm, clear space.
- Think about how you use your kitchen and make sure your design matches your needs. For example; are you a serious cook with a need for acres of prep space and robust work surfaces; do you do a lot of entertaining and need a dedicated dining area; do the family often congregate in the kitchen – a large island may provide a perfect solution.
- Choose appliances that are always in use, don’t take up valuable space with ones seldom used.
- If your kitchen is to be at the centre of your family activities in an open plan room then make sure the kitchen cabinetry looks as good as possible, as it is part of your general living space.