If you have been following me on Instagram stories, you will have seen the progress of the recent Kitchen refurb I undertook. Here I walk you through each step of the transformation! I am pleased to say the clients loved it and I hope you will too!
The client brief was to create a modern space, suitable for when grand-children and family came to visit. They had a big issue with storage, so a key requirement was to maximise the space they had for maximum storage.
This is the end result of more than 4 designs of the kitchen. As I said in my previous blog, it is really important when designing a kitchen to visualise all your possessions and where they would live. No good having a beautiful minimal kitchen if it means everything you own goes on top of the worktops! Another key consideration for me, was that this was a relatively big kitchen with very little natural light. The only source of light was through the window shown below, so lighting was something that was vital to get right.
I worked through this process with the client asking each step of the way "where would that go?" or "why do you need that?" Too often people get caught up in what they think they want as opposed to what they actually need! Following a list of everything that was kept in the kitchen, we were able to establish the amount of cabinets required.
Choosing materials and surfaces
The client previously had a laminate worktop and wanted this time, to get a natural stone. Refer to my blog about choosing your worktop here. In addition they did not want any building work so opted to keep the existing floor tiles which were in a neutral sand colour and worked well with any scheme.
In terms of cabinetry, I managed to convince the client to go bold with colour. With a neutral backdrop in the rest of the kitchen, it really stands out!
The old kitchen was in very good condition, simply not fit for purpose. I helped the client sell this on ebay for a substantial amount, helping keep it off land fill and save on waste disposal costs! Win win!! I strongly recommend you do this, landlords are always on the hunt for used kitchens to use in their properties so there is definitely a market for it!
Once all the units and appliances were removed, the walls were prepped. In new build houses it is often the case that pipework is installed before the building itself, for this reason waste and water pipes tend to be much further from the wall than required. Knowing this before the kitchen fit, will ensure you don't get any surprises from plumbing bills! Of course that said, there is no harm in keeping them this way as they will be encompassed in the cabinetry, however they will also take up valuable space, so something to consider if this is important to you.
(The Exciting bit!!) Fitting
This is the part where your visions start materialising, I love it!! The units were fitted in around 3 days. Ensure the fitter has all plans required so they know exactly where each unit will go. If you have an island, consider drop lights or any appliances you will have there. If there is an island extractor fan, ensure you have it centered correctly!!
The entire process will take at least 3 weeks, so ensure you have alternative arrangements for cooking and tea making! If you have friends that will bring cake, this is the time to tell them to come over!
I will be sharing pictures of the completed kitchen over on Facebook/ Instagram and will also add them to the gallery on the website. Be sure to come back and check it out!