Everybody’s dream kitchen is unique, reflecting their personality and preferences whilst blending seamlessly into a residence. Going bespoke is the answer for anyone who is looking to make this concept a reality.
First of all, you may be asking yourself what exactly is a bespoke kitchen? A bespoke kitchen is a tailor-made kitchen which is built around your concepts and ideas, rather than you having to conform your own thoughts and choices on pre-made ‘off-the-shelf’ options provided by different retailors.
Due to the nature of these kitchens specifically adhering to what you want, rather than purchasing a pre-set layout, means that doing research before reaching out to a kitchen company can be useful. Perusing through different magazines, showrooms, kitchen brochures and online resources can help you form an idea of what you want – using Pinterest, Instagram and Google browsing will provide great ideas, allowing your creative juices to flow.
From all of this information and imagery you can bring together and combine your favourite aspects to create a mood-board, displaying your chosen styles, colours, finishes and materials which you would like to include in your dream kitchen. Having these resources at hand will help any kitchen designer looking to help you. Even if you don’t have a clear image of what you want your kitchen to look like, being able to develop themes from these resources will speed up the process by a substantial amount.
When it comes to the costing of a Bespoke Kitchen the average prices within the UK can vary greatly, ranging from £20,000 – £60,000. Before delving into any specifics make sure you have put a budget in place so both you, and your designer, can choose items which won’t break your bank but will also meet your expectations.
There are a number of things you can address and approach early on which will streamline the time it takes to build this kitchen landscape:
- Choose the Worktop First: Picking what worktop you want before the paint scheme will make save time in the long run, as finding worktops which conform with certain colours will heavily restrict the range of counters available. Taking this into consideration, request samples for any surface you like and compare them in your current kitchen, turning them in the way, they would be if installed (horizontal or vertical), and comparing them to prospective flooring samples.
- Consider whether Refrigeration Units: The heart of your kitchen is your refrigeration unit, as this is the place where the majority of your food will actually be stored! Substantial consideration ought to be given to the food consumption rates within your house. If there is a need for significant storage, then looking at unique products such as the ‘Corner Fridge’ would go a long way to remedying these issues due to their huge internal dimensions and capacity. Having this impressive piece of hardware installed in any kitchen would be bound to impress any conveniently can be placed in a ‘Corner’ deferring from your chosen theme.
- Designate different areas for different functions: Large kitchens should aim to group the main sink, crockery, cutlery and bins in one zone, with the fridge, dry food storage, hob, ovens, pans and utensils being situated in a separate area.
- Use Built-In Appliances: Installing high-quality integrated appliances will reduce worktop clutter and create space for any additional items such as bread makers and coffee machines. For any wine rack concerns looking towards an integrated wine cabinet would be prudent as they offer an impressive finish and guarantee the preservation of wine bottles in their ideal conditions.
Overall, this development can be quite lengthy and requires extensive communication between you and your designer, so ensuring you have picked someone who you can build a rapport with makes a notable difference. After-all there will be numerous conversations being had over your requirements, the measurements which need to be taken, and what advice they can give on what is, and is not, achievable. The result of these discussions will be a comprehensive brief and plan detailing your proposed kitchen.
Having decided on the various elements of your kitchen, ensure you receive a written quote (not an estimate) either printed or sent online, as this will enforce the final price you will pay. Included in this quote there ought to be a detailed breakdown of the work costs including; materials and labour costs with a mutually agreed upon deadline.
Having received this quote, it is now time to sit back and watch the work being carried out, making sure to monitor each phase of installation to ensure the kitchen work is completed thoroughly, going over each stage with your kitchen design manager.