Let me not be the first to mention the word ‘Christmas’, but experience has taught me that no sooner has the BBQ been covered over and left to rot in the garden, the kids PE kit bag hauled out of the shoe cupboard , then some of us, will begin to assess how our kitchens will stand up to the December onslaught of turkey & mince pies, and large groups of friends and relatives descending.
This is the time of year when we have an influx of clients looking to get a new kitchen designed and installed in time for Christmas.
For many this will not be an original thought, indeed we may well have looked at glossy magazines with a glass of wine in hand, watched endless TV programmes for inspiration. Clients confess that it has taken them 2 years, or more, to order & choose their new kitchen. Let’s face it, it’s a big investment with an overwhelming selection of product and it’s going to be YOUR kitchen for a very long time.
Here in Hampshire, we find our Winchester Kitchens clients are an eclectic mix, ranging from die hard traditionalists, to uber- chic contemporary fans. We can happily accommodate both, but the problem clients face is where to start. The type of property you live in has far less impact on the choices made nowadays. Clients go for what they want, mixing new build properties with shaker painted doors and range cookers, listed barn conversions opting for sleek gloss doors with induction hobs and steam ovens.
The first question that our designers ask our client’s, is what do you like and what works about your existing kitchen? We then can move forward to find out how the kitchen is used, how much cooking happens, how do you shop – each day? ( small freezer, bigger fridge) or shop and cook in bulk? (large freezer and smaller fridge). Do you drink wine and need a wine chiller? Will your kitchen space be somewhere to eat, will it be 3 course meals or perhaps just brunch? Where does the dog like its bed to go? Have you got lots of kitchen gadgets to find a home for?
Once these questions have been thought through you can then start to think about colours. This can vary from one part of the country to another, white and grey kitchens have taken London by storm this summer! Hampshire trends particularly lean towards traditional kitchens in muted and neutral tones.
Once these questions have been answered then the kitchen CAD design and quote can be put together. So key questions to think about:
- Realistically what is your budget for this project?
- Is this space for entertaining, living and cooking?
- What will you need in terms of refrigeration? If you enjoy a glass of wine then a chiller cabinet might be the right thing for you.
- What appliances will you need? Do you need a tumble dryer? What type of hob or oven?
- What lighting will you need?
- Will you keep the current flooring or will it need updating, perhaps wood, tiles or Karndean? Will you go under the units or ‘up to’?
- There are many types of work surfaces – which do you prefer and how does that meet with your budget?
- What extras would you like? Perhaps you fancy a boiling hot water tap or a pop up plug socket. A passion for coffee, then maybe a built in coffee machine would be good for you.
- Taps, sinks, handles, storage solutions, glass splashbacks, bins and extractor fan come in many guises and do lots of different things, talk to your designer
- Sinks can be ceramic, composite, under mount, stainless steel, butler style, Take a look at the options.
Whilst this can seem daunting and enough to make you throw your brochures in the recycle bin, with the aid our professional tam of designers and the computer visual package, choosing the perfect kitchen for your home should be enjoyable and stress free.