Consider lighting options. When planning lighting it's a good idea to make the system quite flexible so you can regulate areas of your kitchen independently. Secondary lighting, such as spots above cooking and preparation areas, is also useful. Consider your kitchen must-haves. Do you long for sleek worktops, a statement island or lots of cupboards for storage? Or are there some specific appliances that you think will make your life in the kitchen much easier? Everybody likes to work in their own particular way and each person has a different list of priorities, so it's important to write yours down right at the beginning to ensure your kitchen is tailored to your family's specific needs. This will also save a lot of time and trouble when it comes to discussing your project with a kitchen specialist.
Think about plumbing and heating. Will you be using existing plumbing for sinks and appliances or will you require additional pipe work? If you're planning to include a kitchen island containing a sink or other appliances in your design, you need to ensure that plumbing and electricity supplies are in place before flooring is laid. Work out where appliances, both big and small, are going to be to ensure that you have plug points where you need them. ‘Wherever you decide to locate your sink, it's a good idea to install your washing machine and dishwasher nearby,' says Paul Gibbs, Kitchens Buying Manager, B&Q. ‘It'll help keep plumbing simple.' Underfloor heating is a popular choice for kitchens as radiators can take up valuable space. If you're opting for underfloor heating, this will need to be installed prior to laying the kitchen floor.
An open-plan kitchen suits today's informal lifestyles, providing a natural hub for the home and greater sociability during cooking and prepping. But it takes skill to design a space that integrates easily with the living area, especially in apartments and smaller homes. Clever zoning, sound control and a cohesive decorating approach are all key factors. Open-plan living has become part of our everyday lives. From a home office within a living room to a kitchen-diner, these spaces should be well designed and able to utilise the best of the overall room in their function. Clever decorating and styling ideas will keep each area looking separate but seamless. Sound complicated? Well, fear not, as we have compiled our top five tips for making the most of your open-plan space, without breaking the bank.
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