Planning our kitchen renovation was definitely one of the biggest challenges we faced during our home renovations. The previous owner of our house didn’t really look after the house and the kitchen looked a lot better in the advert than in reality. The white gloss kitchen cabinets were old, grotty and the gloss thermofoil was peeling. Once we decided the kitchen needed a revamp we went to kitchen suppliers to get an idea of costs. They quoted us from £15000+ for a new kitchen. Yikes! As cost was a big factor for us we decided to take on the challenge and ended up doing a lot of the leg work around the planning and design of our new kitchen.
We also weren’t too sure about the location of the kitchen as it was quite a long and slightly narrow kitchen. The dark floors and green walls also made the room look quite dark. We considered leaving the kitchen in its original location but moving the sink area to the window at the front of the house. But once we started meeting with tradesmen for quotes and with their ideas and input we started thinking about moving the kitchen back to the lounge. It turned out that the original kitchen was on the right hand side of the lounge as the pipework to the kitchen was being extended from its original location. We were also keen on a more open plan style kitchen- dining-sitting area and so decided to look into the possibility of breaking down the wall between the kitchen and lounge area.
I also started looking at kitchen suppliers that only provide kitchen cabinets. Fitting the cabinets is up to you as to whether you want to do it yourself or hire a tradesman to fit it. I would recommend hiring a tradesman as it is quite a skilled job. Whilst researching kitchens I started thinking about what we needed, what was available and how I wanted to store things in the kitchen. This also gives you an idea of the different kitchen cabinet sizes available. My hubby then decided to use masking tape on the lounge floor to get an idea of a possible kitchen layout using the actual cabinet sizes. The picture above shows the left side of the previous lounge floor showing a potential stove hob and cabinet layout. We did the same on the right side of the lounge marking out the sink area and more cabinets. This is such a handy trick as it gives you a good feel for the floor space as to how cramped or spacious the room might be.
We also found software that can help you to visualize room layouts more realistically. Using this software was the best solution to designing our own kitchen. The masking tape was handy for an initial idea but not ideal for changing around possible layouts. I remember my hubby and I spending hours trying different layouts(including “moving cabinets around”) on the software to find the best solution between keeping the kitchen in the old location or moving it to the new location.
Watch for this space for next week’s post for further details on designing your own kitchen and the software we used.
Have you designed your own kitchen? I would love to hear your experience of a kitchen renovation. Please feel free to share in the comments below.