Contemporary KitchenContemporary Kitchen, London
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Focus on the kitchen“The kitchen is one of the most important rooms people take into account when house-hunting, and it could make or break a sale,” Louise says. “A well-designed, functional kitchen has huge appeal.“Whether your kitchen is large or small, it’s really important to think about the design to ensure you maximise the space you have,” she says. “Good-quality, integrated appliances are also important. They don’t necessarily need to be high-end brands, but they do need to work well. “There are lots of clever storage solutions available to suit smaller spaces,” she adds, “as well as smaller appliances, such as half-size dishwashers.”Zoe agrees that you don’t need to spend a fortune. “It depends on the value of the house as to how much to spend. You can’t guarantee your buyer will like [your taste], so keep it neutral. A plain kitchen with nice handles, solid work surfaces and an under-mounted sink looks fabulous.”“Open-plan kitchens with family space that opens out onto the garden are very popular,” Liz adds.
Will you design other buildings within the project, such as a summerhouse?Often projects go beyond just the home, and your designer can assist you with the look of any outbuildings or offices. Some designers prefer to keep this arrangement casual, but it’s best to include it in the Scope of Work from the very beginning. That way, you avoid causing any ill feelings with your designer by suddenly adding something to the brief that wasn’t taken into consideration when they put their fee proposal together.A good brief and a full and open discussion about what the job entails is the best way for your designer to work out a fair fee.
Assess your spaceThough galley kitchens work best in small spaces, they can also be good for medium-sized kitchens, too, as in the one pictured above. However, be aware that if the opposing runs are set too far apart, the kitchen will lose its efficiency, becoming a hindrance rather than a help (the kitchen above gets it right). Be aware that while ideal on a professional level, galley layouts are usually enclosed without the space for a dining area. This means that if there’s no possibility of opening up the space, it’s potentially not the most sociable of arrangements. On the flipside, a galley layout in an open-plan space can provide the best of both worlds (read on for details about galley kitchens with islands).
Consider the property’s orientation‘Look at the light and observe which way the key rooms face. This is one thing you can never change and I think it’s so important! A south-facing kitchen and garden are such a joy. Consider other buildings/trees around, and what shade they will cast on your house and the garden. Look at it on both gloomy and sunny days. Also check how the garden is accessed from the house – level access from the kitchen is the best option in my opinion.’ katypercy
Plan aheadThe most common cause of problems arising during the build is inadequate planning. Without proper discussion, presumptions can be made, and if you haven’t even talked about these things with a builder let alone documented them, it’s easy for mistakes to be made.Mistakes result in extra time for the builder, extra cost to the client, and probably not the best finish. A good builder knows that true quality and a beautiful finish can only be achieved with almost clinically perfect planning. This must include a full MEP specification.