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Planning A New Kitchen

Was it when the family all arrived at your home for Christmas Day dinner and you had to cook for loads of people that your realised that your kitchen needed a revamp?

We spend so many hours in our kitchen this is one room in the house that needs some TLC, but before you run off to check out some new units there are a few things you need to think about before making those important choices.

Grab a few kitchen magazines and make yourself a coffee as you flick through pages of designer looks and get a few ideas about how you want your new kitchen to look and ignoring prices create your wish-list making sure to leave nothing out.

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If you see something your really like, cut the image out and stick it on a large sheet of cardboard and create your own design board, do the same with paint colours, unit colours, worktops,accessories,window dressings,etc.until you build up an image of everything you need and like for your new kitchen.

Many companies offer a free design service, such as Laura Ashley, so make good use of their expertise and pick their brains for ideas and options you’d hadn’t even considered.

Always top of the list is to know from the outset what your budget is. It’s so easy to let your heart rule your head when it comes to revamping a room and before you know it your way beyond what you can reasonably afford to spend – all that does is leave you fed up and ready to accept whatever is on offer.  Don’t let your dreams take second place but keep your feet firmly on the ground and look for an alternative which is within your price range. After all, nice though it would be, do you really need an instant hot water tap?

Remember that age old saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’? Well, neither will your kitchen! So to roll out a few more adages ‘if it’s worth having, it’s worth waiting for’ ,’everything comes to those who wait’ and top of the shop ‘Patience is a virtue’ .  OK, you’ve got the point – it may take a bit of time before your dreams truly become a completed reality.

Your designer and fitter only want to complete your kitchen as you envisage it so don’t be surprised or annoyed when a few little snags appear and remember in the grand scheme of things you will have the new kitchen you first dreamed of and as well as adding value to your home, you will have the enjoyment of having a perfectly organised space for you and your family next time you’ve to make Christmas dinner!

What would you design your kitchen like?  Comment below and let us know.

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