Bishops Park Open Plan, White KitchenTransitional Kitchen, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Spend… time on planning and budgetingWhen you’re putting in a new kitchen, it’s likely that 40-50 per cent of your budget will go on building and labour costs. By being realistic about affordability at the outset, you’ll avoid costly mistakes (not to mention disappointment) later on. Start planning early on, make a list of your must-haves and keep a spreadsheet. Allow room for a contingency fund, as big builds tend to include unforeseen spends. Even if yours doesn’t, an emergency fund will allow you a little breathing space if you see something you can’t live without. Shop around and don’t be afraid to ask for discounts, and if your heart is set on a hand-built, top-of-the-range wood kitchen, but it’s not in your budget, consider finding a top-quality carpenter that can make something similar.
Choose open-plan livingThis bright and airy space with bifold doors leading out into the garden is refreshingly contemporary and made it into the ideabooks and wish lists of 160,000 Houzzers.The wide plank flooring in particular really caught the attention of Houzzers, as did the pitched roof lights and oversized pendant lighting. See kitchen design ideas for open-plan living
You!The last cost on this list might surprise you, but one of the biggest hidden costs can actually be you. While it’s your prerogative to change your mind during your project, you need to bear in mind that if you do this at a later stage, it may cost you. If you decide on a different worktop, for example, after the original choice has already been cut to size, you’ll have to pay for both. Other items may be returnable, but it’s worth finding out which aren’t in advance. Alternatively, you might decide on different appliances after yours have already been ordered and delivered, in which case a restocking fee may apply.You can reduce the risk of all this happening by working with a good designer, who will take the time from the very early stages to work through all the options with you thoroughly, so you only sign off on the final design once you’re fully aware of everything that’s being ordered and are entirely happy with your choices. Your relationship with your designer can be absolutely key to the final result. Have you encountered other unexpected costs during a kitchen renovation? Share your experiences and tips in the Comments below.
Is it possible to have an unfinished floor? While most people prefer to buy pre-finished engineered wood flooring, you can have your floors finished at home. Ask your fitter or do it yourself. While it’s labour-intensive – “drying times are between 10 and 12 hours per coat,” says Mil-Homens – there’s a large range of oils and lacquers to choose from, so you’ll be able to get the exact look and feel you want. Explore all the main options for kitchen flooring
Light and bright does it for usWe all seem to hanker after a breezy, sunshine-filled cooking area, with plenty of space to dine and gather, as well as to chop and bake. Lots of you thought this Shaker-style kitchen set-up had it all. With bifold doors opening out onto the garden, a generous kitchen island, and chic, oversized pendant lights, it ticks plenty of boxes. The colour scheme is a favourite with Houzzers, too, with clean white, industrial chrome and sophisticated black doing their jobs undeniably well.