Welcome to Episode 2 of the Hearne House blog. This month we will be discussing how to you can transform your house with a new kitchen and some of the important considerations including current trends and maximising space.
The kitchen is the heart of the home for millions of people in the UK. It is where families meet, decisions are made and love is shared around a meal. When searching for ideas that will bring your kitchen up-to-date, often the place to start is at your current kitchen table with a pad of paper and pencil. A new kitchen or kitchen extension requires careful planning, considering both design and budget. Nothing should be purchased until you have considered your options and laid out a final plan.
The first step is planning
The standard philosophy for the perfect kitchen layout is a triangle. The sink, hob and fridge freezer should be located so that all can be easily reached without taking too many steps. As a general rule, the sum of the three distances should be no more than 8 metres, and each stretch of the triangle should measure between 1.5 and 2.5 metres.
How does traffic flow through the kitchen now? Ideal passageways in a kitchen should be 90cm-110cm in working areas. Do you need to make adjustments here? It can be tempting to try and cram in as much as possible but this can make a kitchen feel too busy.
Are you considering removing some walls to open up space? Many older kitchens were built in whatever space could be dedicated to it and that meant there were two and sometimes three walls defining the kitchen area. Open plan style kitchens and living areas are extremely popular at the moment so removing walls is often a primary consideration. If walls are to be removed then consider the structural aspect of the redesign and expect to appoint a structural engineer.
The latest trends or timeless features
Do you want the latest trend in kitchen designs? Then consider the following list of possibilities:
- Bespoke pantries – there is often a need for additional storage in a kitchen, and a custom-designed pantry or larder area is a great way to achieve that. It’s also helpful to have a workspace with sockets in so that your toaster, kettle or other appliances can be hidden away.
- Adding an island – a central island can serve several purposes in the kitchen. The most obvious is additional prep space and eating area, but it can also contain a sink or hob.
- The technology in modern appliances has advanced greatly in recent years. Brands have focused on improving the aesthetics of kitchen appliances and put a real focus on features that add convenience. We install boiling water taps in most kitchens now meaning you can get rid of your kettle and free up space.
If you’re planning a new kitchen, but you would prefer a classic design that ages well then here are some ideas:
- Custom-designed cabinets with Shaker doors offer a timeless design that will never go out of style
- Use a Belfast sink with bridge taps
- Choose colours that are more subdued or muted
- Companies like Smeg and Rangemaster manufacture new appliances that have kept the classic lines of yesteryear
- Keep the design simple
Working with a professional
While the prospect of starting to plan for a new kitchen may seem overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be if you are working with experienced professionals. The team at Hearne House has years of experience building in Central, West and South West London areas, and we have a portfolio of finished projects that you can view here. Our high standards and commitment to excellence will ensure that you will be delighted with your new extension and it will be delivered on time and on budget. Please call us on 020 8769 6816 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your building project.
We look forward to meeting you soon.