The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the entire home and therefore it’s important that it meets the needs of you and your family. From baking cupcakes with your children or catching up over a glass of wine with friends to enjoying a delicious roast dinner with your family, the kitchen is a place where both memories are made and culinary delights are created.
If your kitchen does not meet your needs, it may be time for an upgrade. Perhaps you find yourself constantly struggling to find counter space to prepare your dishes or you simply don’t have enough storage for all of your pots and pans. Maybe the layout is too overcrowded and you struggle to cook comfortably in there. To put it simply, if your kitchen does not work for you anymore, it’s time for a revamp.
Creating your dream kitchen that meets all of your needs can be an overwhelming task, and knowing where to start can be difficult. Fortunately, if you’ve got a reliable team of first-class kitchen installers behind you, like the ones at Gastech Heating & Plumbing, it’s easier than you think. Below, we share our top tips to help you design the ideal kitchen for you.
Choose the right layout
First and foremost, it’s important that you choose a layout that works for you. The shape and layout of your kitchen is one of the first things that you should think about. If you have a small kitchen space, you can still use the area in a way that is both practical and functional. It’s important that you do not overlap doors and there are no corners awkwardly sticking out; it should be easy for people to move in and out of the space easily and freely.
The last thing you want is kitchen doors opening out into each other and blocking other parts of your kitchen, or the fridge blocking walkways when it’s open. The size and shape of your kitchen will determine which design is most suitable, however, some classic kitchen layouts to consider include the U-shaped kitchen, the island kitchen and the I-shaped kitchen.
Select a suitable worktop
Ensuring that you have enough counter space in your kitchen is essential to ensure that you can prep and cook comfortably and with ease. There is nothing worse than trying to cook up a delicious meal for friends or family in a cramped and overcrowded space. If you cook a lot and like to create more complex dishes, you may require more counter space.
Incorporating two countertop heights in your kitchen can be very practical, particularly if you have children who are interested in cooking or you want to get them helping out early. When choosing your countertop material, it’s important to remember that they can easily become dirty when you’re cooking - and therefore it’s important to choose carefully. Make sure you choose a material that is easy to clean and take care of, yet one that matches the overall style and aesthetic of your kitchen.
When designing your dream kitchen, it’s important to think practically and to consider the plumbing and heating when deciding on your layout. If you’d like an island in your kitchen, the plumbing and heating supplies need to be in place before the flooring is laid, and therefore it’s essential that you have it all worked out beforehand. Work out where each and every appliance is going to go in your new kitchen, and make sure that appropriate electrical outlets and additional pipework (if required) is in place.
Think about your kitchen in terms of practicality and functionality. Wherever you decide to put your sink, consider installing your dishwasher nearby. This will make it much easier to wash dishes and keep them clean in one area of your kitchen, instead of having to take multiple trips back and forth. Keep knives close to your preparation area and pots and pans stored close to the cooker so that you can quickly and easily cook.
Add the appropriate lighting
What good is a beautifully designed kitchen if you can’t see clearly in it? When creating your perfect kitchen, don’t forget about the lighting - in fact, it’s just as important as all of the other design aspects. Good lighting is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it will also ensure that you can see clearly when you’re cooking - something that is very important.
We recommend installing a few different forms of lighting so that you can regulate areas of your kitchen independently. Combine ambient, task and accent lighting to bring your kitchen to life and ensure that you have total control over the mood and ambience. Adding secondary lighting above the cooker or under cabinets can also be very useful. If possible, you should welcome in as much natural light as possible. This can be through skylights or big windows.
Every kitchen should have a good amount of storage and there are lots of different storage solutions to consider. It’s important to have easy access to your everyday cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, colanders, graters and more. Deep drawers are great for this as you can store lots of utensils in one area and easily access them. It’s important that pots and pans are stored out of sight in order to create a clean, clutter-free space.
Fitting overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling instead of leaving an empty gap above is an effective way to utilise all of the available space in your kitchen. In addition, you can free up drawer space by using walls for extra storage. Storing kitchen knives on a magnetic rack near your food preparation area makes it easier to access them and saves you from having to rummage through a drawer for the right knife.
Consider the luxuries
Now, the fun bit. What can you add to your kitchen to make it more comfortable to cook in or simply to add a unique touch? There are lots of special touches you can add here and there, from cosy underfloor heating that makes those cold wintery work mornings that tad bit easier, to mini kitchen gardens that are perfect for those who live in urban homes with no outdoor space. Installing an integrated wine cooler is a true luxury for people who enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, whereas an ice cream maker can be a fun addition for those who have children or simply love a bit of ice cream!
Gastech Heating & Plumbing: quality kitchen installations throughout South Wales
If you’re looking for a new kitchen and want to bring your dreams and visions to life, you needn’t look further than Gastech Heating & Plumbing. Our first-class kitchen installers can offer bespoke advice and tailor-made suggestions to help create your perfect kitchen and bring your ideas to life.
Our experienced and professional kitchen specialists will work closely with you to create a brand new kitchen that meets your individual needs and requirements - whether that is traditional or contemporary. At Gastech Heating & Plumbing, we design and create kitchens with comfort and luxury in mind.
From the initial ideas right through to the design and installation, our team of professionals will work with you to ensure that your new kitchen has everything you need. As an independent, family-run business, we understand your personal needs and will listen to you and work closely with you to deliver a kitchen installation that you are proud of for years to come.