When planning a new kitchen, start by taking measurements of the kitchen area. Ensure that you double check your measurements. Doing so could save you from serious problems and further expense later on.
Sinks, Sockets And Appliances
Avoid placing cookers, hobs, sockets and electrical appliances too close to the sink.
Washing machines and dishwashers should ideally be positioned near the sink but not directly underneath potential leak areas.
Hobs and ovens should also be sited slightly away from other appliances as the additional heat may cause overheating or reduced lifespan.
Integrated ovens should be allowed to breathe. This is usually achieved by fitting a vent into the plinth below the oven. Once again, electrical sockets should not be placed over the hob.
If any items, such as, sinks, drainers or hobs are to be sunk into the worktops, check to see how they work with any joints. For example, if a sink’s location is near the corner of the kitchen, try to plan the worktops so as the joint does not pass under the sink.
Even if you have to buy an extra length of worktop to achieve this, it is better than replacing two water damaged worktops, a year or two down the line.
Don’t Overlook The Obvious
It is easy to get carried away with the look of your new kitchen but do not forget the obvious. Will the kitchen be user friendly, functional and practical.
Plan To Save Time And Money
As with the sink, keeping sockets in their existing location will save money.
Sockets should be around 150mm above the work surface. This will allow room for the plug and flex, as well as keep the socket clear from spills.
When you order your kitchen units, do not be afraid to ask if you think you have missed anything. You will need many fixings, handles and lots of things that are easily overlooked.
You can save money on flooring by laying your floor up to the new units rather than over the entire area. There are some pro’s and con’s to doing this so think carefully about future changes to layout before you make a decision.
Play hard to get and see if you can squeeze a bit of discount out of the salesman. Being in the trade myself, I know first hand that there are often considerable discounts to be gained if you ask for them. Make sure that you shop around and make sure that the salesperson knows that you are also interested in another deal.
The Regs Are There To Keep You Safe
Make sure that electrical work is carried out according to the laws and building regulations of your locality. The same should be said for gas work and structural alterations. Remember, it’s your home and your family, these are shortcuts that must not be taken.