Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Handy Hints for Buying a New Kitchen

The kitchen is often the most important room in the house, particularly in a family home. If you are unsatisfied with your kitchen or it’s very old and difficult to clean, some of the pleasure of food preparation can be lost and you won’t want to spend time there. A good quality kitchen that functions to a high specification is essential in a modern home, but many people are daunted by the size of the task and the disruption to their daily lives that the fitting of a new kitchen represents. Nevertheless, there are plenty of tips for making the process as hassle-free as possible.

Choosing the Company
Look for a company that gives you a free quote and a substantial guarantee. Better Kitchens offer a five year guarantee and provides a quote-beating service. Do your research on the company you’re considering buying from because no one wants to pay for shoddy, late work or overpriced components. Check out their previous work and detailed customer reviews. It’s always useful to know what criteria you’re looking for so get clued up on the technical terms! Throughout the project make sure you collaborate with the designer so they understand exactly what you’re after and the risk of disappointment is minimized. Make sure all items arrive in perfect condition before you allow them to be fitted.

Counters are Key
Countertops represent the biggest single expanse of color in your kitchen and provide the basis for the rest of the kitchen’s palette. The material you go with should be durable and easy to clean. Granite, stainless steel, natural wood and zinc are all popular choices. If your counters are dark, choose a lighter backsplash. Stick with one countertop material for consistency. If you’re not sure about how different colored counter will look, there are some great kitchen design ideas that can give you a feel for it.

Cabinets Count
Cabinets are especially important as they reoccur across the kitchen and often end up being, at eye-level, the first thing you see. Light colors keep the space open and bright. If you want your kitchen to last, go for quality cabinets with 18/19 mm width and solid backs. Some professionals will advise against using hardboard for cupboards and drawers as this material warps over time.  If you have a small kitchen, it’s worth considering space-saving corner units and ditching oversized fright-freezers for something smaller and more compact. Never underestimate the power of lighting, fixtures, hardware, ornaments and barstools to tie the room together.  

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