Questions to ask yourself when planning a new kitchen

Kitchen ColoursWhen planning a kitchen renovation project, there are many things to consider. Here are a few questions that you should ask yourself to ensure your new kitchen design matches your needs and tastes.

What’s the main purpose of your kitchen?

This is probably the most important question to ask. Unless you are clear on the main function of your kitchen, you won’t be able to progress much further with the design. Ask yourself which of the following most accurately describes the main function:

• a busy hub at the heart of your household
• a place for entertaining family and friends
• just somewhere to cook meals

Once you have this clear, its easier to move on to the finer details.

What items are on your wish list?

Writing down everything that you would ideally love to have in your kitchen is important. Do you want a super-modern cooker or perhaps a traditional re-conditioned range? Would you like to fill your kitchen with bespoke wooden dining furniture, or would a wine fridge be a must-have?

How do I get the most efficient layout?

Kitchen designers aim to create different areas for prepping, washing, and cooking. This will depend on the location of your power and gas points and on the plumbing layout too. You will also need to think about how well different appliances and cupboards will fit beside each other.

Most kitchen designers will draw up a draft plan for you, based on your preferences, so always ask for help if you’re not sure how to proceed.

Where do you want your lights and heating?

Another aspect to consider at the planning stage of your kitchen is the heating and lighting. If the lighting is wrong, you won’t be able to create a welcoming ambiance or see properly while you’re cooking. Think about whether you would like spotlights over your worktops or more general light fittings on the ceiling.

Consider how you want to heat your kitchen. You could choose underfloor heating, traditional radiators, or perhaps plinth heaters. These will clearly need to be located adjacent to appropriate power connections and not too close to cupboards and appliances.

What style are you aiming for?

Finally, you should choose details like cabinet doors, taps, and worktops, blending these with your choice of wall and flooring coverings to create the finished style you want. Here it can be helpful to browse design magazines and cut out items that you particularly like.

Here at Mountside Kitchens, we can provide you with more advice and assistance in designing and preparing for your new kitchen installation. Why not contact our helpful team today for a no obligation chat?