What to Look for When Having a Kitchen Fitted

While it might be more fitting to refer to the kitchen as the “stomach” of the home, in truth, it’s more like the heart. It’s where we gather around to share stories, indulge in our favourite meals, and console each other at the end of a busy day. It’s also a room that can become outdated fast. There’s a reason why kitchen renovations are comfortably the most popular form of home upgrade. Because there are few things in life as truly decadent as a luxury fitted kitchen.

Whether you’re embarking on a kitchen renovation for purely practical reasons or creating a brand-new culinary haven, however, the process of having your kitchen fitted demands careful consideration. From budgeting to layout design, material selection to lighting, let’s explore the essential factors that ensure a seamless and satisfying kitchen transformation, every time.

 

Budget and Cost Estimation

It’s easy to get carried away and go way over budget with a kitchen renovation unless you have a firm budget to stick to at the outset. Establish a realistic (but generous) budget and consider everything that will come out of that budget – materials, appliances, labour, and any unforeseen expenses.

The next step is to obtain quotes from contractors or kitchen designers and compare not only their prices but also what you think they could (quite literally) bring to the kitchen table. The right fit for you might not necessarily be the most affordable option.

 

Functional Layout

The kitchen is, above all else, a place where lots of things happen, often at the same time. That means layout is crucial, as it massively impacts functionality and efficiency. Work with your kitchen designer to explore several layout options tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle and settle on the one that you feel makes the most sense for your home and your needs.

 

Quality of Materials and Finishes

Fitting a kitchen is not cheap and it can be incredibly disruptive. So, it’s not something you want to be doing every few years and that means long-lasting materials should be your primary concern. Select high-quality materials and finishes and cabinets, drawers, and hardware that will endure daily wear and tear for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pay attention to construction quality too, choosing materials that are resistant to moisture, stains, and scratches, all of which are commonplace in the typical kitchen. Consider durability and aesthetics, with countertops that will take a good beating. Oh, and always go with stainless steel appliances, where possible!

 

Proper Lighting

Finally, let’s talk about the icing on the cake – the lighting. Proper lighting elevates the kitchen’s mood and functionality, turning a cook into a chef and a house into a home. Work with your natural light sources, maximising natural light and figuring out where to accentuate that light. Install task-specific lighting for cooking, prep areas, and dining, such as overhead LED lighting. Think about when and how often you’ll be using the space and go from there.

Remember, a well-fitted kitchen isn’t just about keeping up with the neighbours—it’s about creating a space that seamlessly integrates style, practicality, and durability. If it just so happens to look exceptional too, consider it a bonus!

 

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