Top 5 Tips For Your New Kitchen Project
Here at PD Designs, we understand that getting your new kitchen is a big deal, and something that you want to make sure you get right the first time around. After all, you can’t take a second run at it and you don’t want to end up on Cowboy Builders!!
Fortunately for you, PD Designs have been sorting out Lancashire’s kitchens and bedrooms for over two decades now, so we’ve learned a thing or two about getting it right first time, which is why we’ll be here each week with our blog to help you out with all the best tips and advice on how to get the perfect fitted kitchen or bedroom for you and your home. And in this week’s edition, we’ve compiled our top 5 tips for making sure your new fitted kitchen project is a roaring success, whatever the circumstances.
So if you’re planning on getting a new kitchen in the near future, read on to make sure your latest venture is a hassle free road to kitchen heaven!
Think About Your Needs
Before you even begin looking at the latest kitchen styles and gadgets, you need to work out exactly what you’re going to need. And remember, your new kitchen will last you for a very long time, so don’t just think about what your needs are now, think about what they will be in ten or even 20 years’ time too.
For example, if you currently have young children and don’t have a lot of time for cooking large meals, think about how you will use your kitchen differently once your children have left home and you’re cooking for dinner party guests instead of a rowdy rabble. If you live alone at the moment, how different will your kitchen need to be should you suddenly have a larger family to feed? Might you get a huge dog, or start a business that runs out of your home?
Whatever might change in your life over the next few years, it’s important to factor them in to your plans, to ensure you futureproof your new kitchen against any eventuality. After all, you and the other members of your family will be using it every day for a long time to come, so it needs to work for everyone, both now and in the future.
Research What’s Available
Once you have an idea of how your kitchen will need to work, the next stage is to research what’s out there to suit you. And by this, we don’t just mean looking at all the latest styles and kitchen trends – although these are equally important.
Here, remember to pick something that suits your tastes, but again bear in mind the length of time that this fitted kitchen will be with you, so try to go as neutral as possible to account for your evolving tastes (don’t forget, a neutral kitchen can be updated as often as you like with new accessories or décor) and never go for anything that’s going to look dated in five or ten years’ time.
In addition to the style though, you also need to research the latest technology and gadgets, to see what might be available to you to make your kitchen work better for you and your family. For example, if you’re pushed for room, why not go with a space-saving hidden pantry for extra storage? Or if you have a large family or like to entertain a lot, why not think about adding in a large kitchen island with a breakfast bar, or a sofa, to give you additional flexibility on how the room can be used?
Plan and Plan Again
The biggest single factor that will ensure your new kitchen is a success is the planning; as the old saying goes, it’s all in the planning!
Before you do anything else, it’s crucial to make sure you plan out your new kitchen in minute detail, including everything from where the kitchens units will go, where your large and small appliances will go and where all the other features, such as additional furniture and accessories, will go.
Obviously, part of the planning stage will necessary focus around the design of your new kitchen; this is the point where you choose the style of your new fitted kitchen (which units you like, your cupboard doors, your choice of handles etc.), what features you might like to include (a butcher’s block, an island unit etc.) and your decoration choices (the colours you wish to incorporate, your tiles or splashbacks, the type of wallpaper or colour of paint you’d like to use etc.). However, if you take the planning stage a step further to work out every last detail of how your new kitchen will work in practice, and how you and your family will interact with it on a daily basis, then you stand a much better chance of ensuring your new kitchen will suit your needs for many years to come.
Update As You Go
Even if you’ve got the best plan in the whole world figured out before you start doing anything else, however, it doesn’t mean that plan will always be 100% fool proof. In every kitchen project we’ve ever worked on, there has always had to be an element of updating as the work progresses, and you should never be afraid to amend or update your initial plan should the circumstances require it.
Sometimes that could be a structural problem that is encountered once the building work begins – such as a wall that you wanted to move but can’t without destroying your whole house – sometimes it could be because certain materials – such as that wallpaper you really wanted – can’t be sourced. Sometimes, you might change your mind about an element of your design once you start to see it in real life, rather than just as a drawing on paper.
Naturally, as a company with many years’ experience in this industry, PD Designs are specialists at keeping design problems to a minimum and we know how to make sure your initial plan is executed so well that there will be very little chance of any issues arriving later down the line, however occasionally little niggles do occur, so it’s important you approach them with the flexibility to alter your plans, should that be required. And if you do change your mind at any point, it’s better to know whilst the project is still ongoing, rather than waiting until everything’s finished and you’re stuck with a room you hate.
Work With The Best
As everyone knows – especially if you’ve watched any of those horrendous horror story TV programs about people’s dreams turning to nightmares in front of their eyes – if you don’t choose the right company for your kitchen renovations then you could live to regret it for a very long time.
The potential pitfalls are seemingly endless, from poor quality products that will see your kitchen doors hanging off their hinges in less than 5 years, to shoddy workmen taking twice as long as promised, running up huge extra bills and leaving your house looking like a war zone for months, to the ultimate nightmare scenario of them just running off with your money and leaving you stranded with no kitchen and no means of fixing it. It may sound far-fetched but, believe us, we’ve rescued people from this situation time and again.
Here at PD Designs, we don’t work like that. No matter what happens, we always put our customers first and follow the simple guiding principle that what the customer wants the customer gets. Plus, our all-in-one service means that we can take you through the entire process from start to finish, right from that initial planning stage (we can help you plan out exactly what you want in great detail), through to manufacture (we construct your kitchen and source everything for you ourselves) to the final stages (our qualified tradesmen will fit and finish off your kitchen for you to an exceptionally high standard), so you never have to deal with anyone you don’t know and trust.
So, if you want to make sure that your new kitchen is a breeze from start to finish and, more importantly, want to make sure that you end up with a room you absolutely love – a room in which your family can live and grow for many years to come – then make sure you choose your new kitchen supplier very, very carefully.
Get In Touch
If you’re looking for someone to supply and fit your new fitted kitchen and PD Designs sounds like the kind of company you’d like to work with, then why not get in touch with us today for a free, no obligation chat about your needs? You can contact us by email at email@example.com, phone us on 01282 602222, or complete the contact form on the website and one of the team will get back to you shortly.