Conversations with the Designers - 5 Steps to a well planned new Kitchen

It can be overwhelming tackling renovations, and there are certain areas of the home that need extra skill and detailed thinking to get right. Thanks to its title as the hub of most homes, the kitchen is one such room that needs plenty of forethought and planning. But what if you could think like an interior designer before your next kitchen renovation, to ensure you haven’t missed anything important? As experienced designers we’re here to let you in on some of the key steps and processes that we take when designing a new kitchen for our clients, to ensure years of easy and enjoyable use ahead.

STEP 1: Think about the existing space

What works and what doesn’t?
Assess the existing layout, taking note of what works and what doesn’t. Think about what you would like to change. If the renovation budget extends to structural changes, look at the space with fresh eyes, ignoring the current layout and any existing windows and doors, plumbing and electrical positions. Movement of walls and plumbing can all be discussed with a qualified Designer or Builder to establish the feasibility and costs.

STEP 2: Decide on style and function

Think about the relationship between the kitchen and the rest of your home. Does the style of the new kitchen need to blend with an existing style within your home, or will the new kitchen dictate a fresh new feel to the place?

Next, look at the function of the new kitchen space. For example, if you have an open-plan style, you could reinterpret the dining table scenario and incorporate a dining space within a breakfast bar, voiding the traditional dining table altogether. Think about the space in a different way – and this is where visual idea books work well. Create a visual ‘Kitchen’ Idea book for your renovation, as the visuals of kitchen concepts will help you lock in your style, as well as ideas for alternate layouts. There are so many great online platforms you can refer to such as Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram.

STEP 3: Choose appliances

It’s easy to spend a lot of time thinking about what your new kitchen style is, but you must, however, retain a sense of practicality as there are certain items that will dictate the break-up of the space within the kitchen.


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