For many people buying a new kitchen can be a life changing experience as it presents an opportunity to really make some big changes at home allowing the functional inadequacies of their existing kitchen to be set right and allowing the social potential of their living space to become re aligned to 21st century living.
However deciding to buy a new kitchen also constitutes a considerable financial investment with many people digging deep in order to fulfil their expectations. The rare retail indulgence of kitchen shopping does however generate a great deal of social expectation with many of your nearest and dearest immediately jumping to conclusions about the style of kitchen you will choose, how much you will spend and maybe even questioning with envy how you can afford it!
From the minute you utter the words; “I’m getting a new kitchen”, the clock begins to tick! The first few weeks will be quite enjoyable as you happily research your project and mull over the endless possibilities, but as your collection of interiors magazines slowly begins to morph from an interested collection into a fanatical stockpile up you may begin to feel that your living room requires a suggestion box; anything that will deflect the prying questions and opinionated input of others.
Choosing a new kitchen can be a rite of passage for many allowing individuals to make a very personal style statement whilst helping to transform a simple house into an instantly recognisable home. A new kitchen can become an instant design signature within the home and become the backdrop for future family memories for many years to come.
So the pressure to get it right can create a challenging retail experience, making many feel uneasy and in some cases causing design frustration and fatigue which in turn can lead to bad design choices. In order to prevent this from happening you must lay down some project parameters that will allow you to gain focus quickly and allow your chosen designer to point you in the right direction. It’s as simple as ABC!
Architecture: The most successful kitchen projects consider wider aspects of design such as architecture and interior design. Consider if structural changes to the building are possible from the outset as this will allow your designer to understand where the boundaries of design exploration should begin and where they should end.
Budget: There is no point in fooling yourself about what you can afford. Set a budget and allocate a contingency for any unexpected costs.
Cabinetry: Know what you like and use images from magazines and websites to help express your ideas. You might not be able to put a name on your particular style but by creating a visual collage of the designs and products you like you will help your designer to understand your ideas which will ultimately deliver better results all around!
Date: Set an agenda! When should the project start and when should everything be completed? Efficient time management can help avoid lingering deadlines and in the worst case unfinished projects.
Electronics: Consider your appliances, their function and their cost. Understand that modern kitchens can have a lot of integrated electronic equipment which can include multi-media and even some 21st century toys and gadgets.
Family: By understanding the needs of your family and expressing this to your designer you can help create a kitchen that is sociable and in doing so help to eliminate family fragmentation in the future.
By following this simple (ABCDEF) alphabetic rule you will soon be able to give your project some serious focus and deliver the kitchen of your dreams that is on budget and on time!