If you’re planning your dream kitchen, below are some tips to follow to achieve the most from the space available and visualise how the different elements may come together.
On a regular basis we speak with a wide range of customers with superb ideas about their new kitchen, and the introduction of social media sites such as houzz, instagram and pinterest has opened the minds of many budding interior designers, homemakers and professionals. We love receiving mood boards and emails with a montage of images because it gives us a feel of who you are and the feel you’d like to go for – so we encourage it whatever your style, minimalist, farmhouse or modern.
On the other side of the fence, we’re pragmatic and believe our customers should be too. We like to be practical in the design of a kitchen – so that work areas, traffic flow and space are not at second thought. By following the principles of the kitchen work flow triangle, our customers can eliminate wasted steps around the kitchen, busy multi-functional work flow areas can be made more efficient so that they’re not in line with other direct traffic and clearance for doors and walkways can be meticulously considered. We wouldn’t want your kitchen to look beautiful but become an annoyance because of the lack of functionality.
What do we provide?
We provide a full design service from measuring you kitchen to the final design. Below you’ll see a dimensional drawing, a 3d sketch and an elevation drawing. Each will be sent to you for amendments or your approval – after which work will commence on your say so. To see the case study around the drawings below you can click here. Learn more about your Mudd & Co journey here.
If you want to do some of the work yourself however, we’re also happy to follow your plans, we even provide sketch paper so you can draw your plans up and send them to us. Continue reading for more advice:
- It’s a little obvious but firstly, measure the room you intend to use for your kitchen in millimetres and plot out the space on our planner, which you can print out here.
- Next, mark on the planner the positions and measurements of any:
- Doors, also indicating the opening angle so that clearance space can be allocated when plotting out unit and appliance locations.
- Windows, this has a great influence on the colour of a kitchen. Light and airy spaces can get away with dark colours while we recommend a lighter colour for small or enclosed spaces.
- Light switches
- Sockets, do you need more? We can incorporate space saving electrical sockets within kitchen islands or freestanding units with ease.
- Water pipes
- Heating pipes
- Note down the height of the windows, how far they are from the ground, the size of the window and the ceiling height.
- Consider where you would like your main features to be positioned such as the cooker, sink and refrigerator. For example, the sink is usually placed in front of a window on an exterior wall. Don’t forget to consider your pre existing power and water supply, unless you’re planning on changes the electrics, plastering and hiring a plumber to assist in these. They can take up huge amounts of a budget and many people do not consider this in the overall cost.
- After they have been positioned, consider the landing space available on worktops. This is an important factor for efficient kitchen design. For example, taking food from the oven, prepping food from the fridge, is the flow efficient and is there adequate counter space for your main activities. You could also consider where to put your other equipment such as dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster etc as this will have an impact on landing space. At this point it might be worth getting rid of clutter – anything that doesn’t add value to your kitchen. Have a coffee machine you’ve not used for 12 months – is it necessary?
- Now if you would like a seating area in your kitchen, think where you would like this to be positioned. Ensure it doesn’t affect the traffic flow of your kitchen. There’s nothing worse than cooking in a kitchen and manoeuvring around chairs and benches as you move from station to station.
- With the main components in place, you can utilise the gaps to include different types of storage options including kitchen islands if you have the space. If you do opt for an island, consider the function of the piece. Will it serve as landing space or will an integrated appliance be a part of it?
There are four or five classic kitchen layouts that suit the majority of homes in the UK including single or double galley (also known as the preferred kitchen shape of chefs because of the close proximity of appliances and the lack of wasted space), L shaped and U shaped.
With your outline completed, our designers can discuss any specific requirements you may have, before producing a 3D visual of your design! The rest is then a choice of how you wish to proceed. But, if you need any further help, we’re only on the other end of the phone.
To find out more or to send over your plan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01538 380988
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