Read this before you remodel your kitchen!

Everything you should consider before contacting kitten fitters in London. 

A kitchen is the heart of any home. A multifunctional room that needs to accommodate complicated recipes and family dinners, and provide a space for homework and cocktail parties. Every part of your life comes together in the kitchen. You need it to accommodate all your desires- functional, stylish and durable. Whether you are remodelling your kitchen to extend and create more space, or to upgrade, these tips will ensure you create a room you’ll never want to leave.

What’s worth spending money on?

At least 25% of your budget should be spent on cupboards and cabinets.

Soft close drawers and cupboards 

No one likes slamming doors.

Full extension drawer glides

Eliminate reaching into cabinets! Pull everything completely out of a cabinet to ease strain on a back and ensure nothing ever gets lost back there. 

At least 20% of your budget should be spent on design and installation.

A reputable kitchen designer and fitter

Do not underestimate how much simpler the process is made if the company designing your new kitchen is also installing it!

Spend around 10% of your budget on countertops. They’re a big investment that set the tone and feel of your kitchen. Don’t be fooled into thinking that granite and marble are the only way to achieve that high-end look. Engineered stone offers the same style without the effort, or price tag. If you live a busy life and haven’t the time to clean and maintain a tricky countertop material like wood, choose something man made that keeps its shape and shine with minimal effort. 

Extractor fan

The extractor fan straddles both sections, depending on your food tastes. If you’re a fan of curries and fried food a high quality extractor hood is key, unless you’re cool with food smell and grease around the rest of your home. However, if your palette prefers a more mediterranean menu of grilled meat and veg you can get away with something less powerful and expensive. 

What’s not worth spending money on?

Customised cabinets and spaces

You can always find ways of filling gaps in cupboards and awkward spaces. Same goes for drawers with inbuilt storage sections. Cutlery trays, utensil dividers and unused gift boxes will achieve the same organised effect. If in doubt binge watch Marie Kondo on Netflix to ensure how your spices, spoons and saucepans are not only neat and tidy, but also make use of all available space. 

Overly fancy appliances

If you’re a masterchef in the making then you may want to shell out for the top of the range hob, otherwise have a sensible conversation with yourself. Let your lifestyle dictate the price point on ovens, dishwashers and other equipment. Do they need to be integrated? Do you really need an ice dispenser in your fridge? Will you actually ever steam cook anything?

Look for where you can make compromises. 

What can you refurbish and reuse?

It’s amazing what a little DIY on cabinets can do to transform a space. Repurpose a butcher’s block into a kitchen island. Search the web for ideas and inspirations and save cash. 

Kitchen Design London

If you’re investing in a completely new space, be sure to consider whether your kitchen might not work better with a different layout? Working with a kitchen fitter who is also your designer will help you save space, time and money. You may want your sink to sit under the window so you can gaze off into the distance as you wash up, but moving plumbing, or gas pipes is not a job for the faint hearted!

Red Box London are committed to the highest standards. We are proud to be a Which? Trusted Trade. As recommended kitchen fitters London based Red Box take care of everything from tradesmen to complete building, maintenance and project management services. To see our completed projects click here.

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