There’s nothing better than having a bespoke kitchen design that specifically fits your needs and wants, complements perfectly with the rest of your home, and every element set up just the way you want it.
But, there are a few questions you might want to answer before starting such a big project, so here are the eight questions to ask before settling on a bespoke kitchen design:
1. How much practical space are you working with?
Your new bespoke kitchen design depends heavily on how much space you can work with. You need to make an assessment of the space that can be used and which you should logistically leave. If you’re working with a small space, you could take a look at our ideas for small kitchens here.
Will you use the existing kitchen layout, or do you plan to expand or create an open plan? Perhaps you plan to downsize your kitchen and build a bigger pantry? Whether you want to downsize, expand, or leave it the same, size is the first step that will determine everything else.
2. What style do you want to integrate?
How are you going to get the style of your kitchen to embody you and your home? You also need to consider how the kitchen style will fit in with the rest of your space.
Whether you’re looking at traditional, coastal, modern, contemporary – or maybe a bit of cottage charm? It’s all up to you.
3. What do you want to do in the kitchen?
Cooking is the obvious answer, but is there anything else you want?
Do you want your kitchen to be a central gathering location in your home that all family members will gravitate towards? Maybe you also want to be able to host dinner parties and entertain guests there?
If so, you’ll need a bespoke kitchen design with enough space for everyone to be comfortable and a practical design that encompasses everything you need.
4. What type of storage do you need?
Storage in a kitchen is a must, but it needs to be discreet so your kitchen doesn’t look too cluttered. So, you need to ask yourself what type of storage do you need the most?
Are you all about a large pantry for spices and dry goods, or do you want deeper cupboards and extra drawers? It’s all about the practicalities of using your kitchen so think about what you use the most and have this incorporated into your new bespoke kitchen design.
5. Should you integrate lighting options?
Lightning is a big factor in the final feel of a new kitchen and there’s a ton of options that people don’t necessarily know about. For example, under unit lights can brighten darker kitchen areas with fewer windows, and inner cupboard lights can highlight deeper cupboards so you can see at the back.
It’s not just about whether you choose downlighters or a pendant fixture anymore, it’s how you can incorporate light to improve the aesthetic in your kitchen.
6. Which layout suits your kitchen’s purpose?
There’s a lot of layout options in your kitchen and this can determine the amount of space you have available and the overall feel. From galley, U-shape, and islands to peninsula, and L-shape layouts figure out which one suits your home and cooking preferences.
7. How should you approach your appliances?
Make a list of appliances and separate them into two categories: Need and Want. For the need category, see how you can arrange them effectively in the kitchen. Will they all fit? If there is still room left, go to the want list and add a few more appliances,like a separate freezer or a microwave oven.
Just be aware that with appliances you’ll need to potentially consider more electrical sockets, and plumbing to go along with them which can impact the overall kitchen design.
A lot goes into bespoke kitchen design but it fundamentally creates a unique result that directly benefits you and your home. If you want a design quote or to chat about your options, give us a call today or contact us online.