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Posted by portugalpress on September 17, 2015

During the early stages of planning a new kitchen there is a wealth of information and options available, which can be overwhelming, so consider the following before you engage with a contractor:

▪ Classic styles rather than current kitchen trends will always age better; particularly relevant if you are planning to sell in the future

▪ Incorporate as much light as possible, both natural and artificial

▪ Plenty of storage is essential whether you live in a large or small space

▪ Tambour units are ideal for tidying away kettles/toasters to keep worktops clear when not in use

▪ Magic corner units pull out around ninety degrees and contain wire baskets ensuring easily accessible storage, as do carousel units, le mans units and pull-out baskets

▪ Pan drawers with high load bearing capacity are wide and deep, offering good accessibility

▪ Maximise your worktops with long, uninterrupted lines where possible

▪ If space is at a premium, take wall units right up to the ceiling, creating additional storage

▪ Integrated appliances such as built-in microwaves and fridges will save on space in comparison with free standing models

▪ Prep sinks can be very useful, smaller than a main sink but ideal for washing hands, washing vegetables or draining pasta, whilst avoiding contact with dirty dishes and dishwater

▪ Include more sockets within your design than you think you will need

▪ It is best to locate both your dishwasher and bin near your sink for easy loading and rubbish disposal

▪ Wall units are ideal for storing mugs, glasses and crockery, but consider glass fronted doors or open shelving which can enhance the feeling of space

In addition to these points, there are many factors to consider. However, a skilled, knowledgeable firm will help you work through the planning considerations effectively and produce a design that will optimise the available space, whilst including the specific design elements to meet your personal choices.

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