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Planning a New Kitchen: A Comprehensive Guide

Planning a new kitchen is an exciting yet challenging endeavor. The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home, a place where functionality meets aesthetics. Whether you’re remodeling an existing space or designing a kitchen for a new home, thoughtful planning is crucial to creating a kitchen that is both beautiful and practical.

At FK&B, we will work with you to plan and design your new kitchen. However, we hope you find our guide helpful.

Step-by-Step Guide to Planning a New Kitchen

  1. Assess Your Needs and Lifestyle
    • Usage: Consider how you use your kitchen. Do you cook often? Do you need space for entertaining?
    • Family Size: Larger families might need more storage and larger appliances.
    • Special Requirements: Think about any special needs such as accessibility features or space for children to do homework.
  2. Research and Gather Inspiration
    • Magazines and Websites: Look for inspiration in home design magazines and websites like Houzz and Pinterest.
    • Showrooms: Visit one of our showrooms to see products and designs in person. FK&B has showrooms in Newcastle, Gateshead and Whitley Bay.
    • Trends: Stay updated on current kitchen trends but ensure they align with your personal style and functionality needs.
  3. Design and Layout
    • Work Triangle: Ensure the kitchen layout follows the work triangle principle (stove, refrigerator, sink).
    • Types of Layouts: Common layouts include U-shape, L-shape, galley, and island kitchens.
    • Space Optimization: Utilise every inch of space, considering options like pull-out cabinets, vertical storage, and corner drawers.
  4. Choose Your Style
    • Modern: Sleek lines, minimalistic design, and high-tech appliances.
    • Traditional: Classic designs, ornate details, and warm colors.
    • Transitional: A blend of modern and traditional elements.
  5. Select Materials and Finishes
    • Cabinets: Options include wood and laminate for example. Consider durability and maintenance.
    • Countertops: Choices range from granite, quartz, marble, to more affordable options like laminate and butcher block.
    • Flooring: Popular choices are tile, hardwood, and vinyl. Ensure it is durable and easy to clean.
    • Backsplash: Can add color and texture. Materials include tile, glass, and stainless steel.
  6. Lighting
    • Ambient Lighting: General lighting for the entire kitchen, often provided by ceiling fixtures.
    • Task Lighting: Focused lighting for specific tasks, such as under-cabinet lights.
    • Accent Lighting: Adds drama and highlights specific areas or features.
  7. Appliances
    • Energy Efficiency: Look for Energy Star-rated appliances to save on energy bills.
    • Features: Consider features like smart technology, convection ovens, and induction cooktops.
  8. Storage Solutions
    • Pantry: A well-organized pantry can greatly enhance kitchen functionality.
    • Cabinet Accessories: Pull-out shelves and drawer dividers can maximize storage space.
    • Open Shelving: Can be stylish and functional but requires neat organisation.
  9. Hire Professionals
    • Kitchen Designer: FK&B provide expert advice and design solutions.
    • Contractor: Ensure they are licensed and experienced. Get multiple quotes and check references. FK&B has approved kitchen fitters and can manage the installation of your kitchen too.
    • Specialty Installers: For tasks like plumbing and electrical work. FK&B has approved installers and will manage this as part of your installation.
  10. Plan for the Future
    • Resale Value: Consider how your design choices might affect the resale value of your home.
    • Sustainability: Opt for eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient appliances.
    • Adaptability: Design your kitchen to be adaptable to future needs.

Planning a new kitchen involves a balance of aesthetics, functionality, and budget. By carefully considering your needs, researching thoroughly, and working with professionals, you can create a kitchen that is a joy to use and a focal point in your home. Remember, a well-planned kitchen is an investment that enhances your lifestyle and adds value to your home.

Contact FK&B now and we will help you to plan, design and install your new kitchen. Click here for your nearest showroom

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