Utopia    Guest Blog 01 Aug 2015

Michael Haigh’s step-by-step on how to plan a successful kitchen renovation


Planning a kitchen renovation is a difficult task – in order to help you I’ve put together some top tips

Getting started
Once you have made the decision to renovate your kitchen and got your budget in place the hard work starts. For anyone on the cusp of redesigning their kitchen there are three questions you must ask yourself before making any definite design choices:

  1. What is irritating about the current space?
  2. How do you use your kitchen?
  3. Is this going to change in the near future?

Once you have answered these questions you will be able to pull out the priority design features that your new space must have in order for your new kitchen to work in your home.

If your children use the kitchen to do their homework, make sure you have a large dining area with plug sockets in close proximity. As part of a large family you may also want to include plenty of storage and possibly a pantry to store all your non-perishables. Or, if you frequently entertain, you can opt for a large open-plan space perfect for both cocktail and dinner parties.

Where to spend your budget
The next step is to make decisions on where your money is best spent. If you have never renovated a kitchen before this can be a tough task. It is important to remember that while the look of your kitchen is important to making it feel part of your home, individual design features are not where the bulk of your money is spent; smaller details which contribute to the overall working and practicality of the space are in fact, where you should attribute the majority of your budget.


You should spend around 20% of your budget on appliances. Such kitchen devices typically last at least 15 years, so it is important to choose those that will suit your changing lifestyle. This does not mean that you have to go for a plain kitchen. For a standout design, move away from the safety of stainless steel and instead go for appliances in block colours.


Pick fittings wisely

Spending on quality fixtures and fittings can help to give your kitchen a sense of luxury that lasts. Soft-close drawers and doors will save cupboards from unnecessary damage and reduce stress on hinges. If you have children, these fixtures will also help to prevent little fingers getting hurt.

Heavy duty rollers and glides are also vital for drawers holding a lot of weight, such as crockery and cookware. Crucial for the upkeep of the unit, they also ensure that plates and bowls are stored both safely and securely.
Finishing touches
A section of your budget should always be put aside for finishing touches to ensure that you achieve a quality finish. Lighting is key to creating a stylish space and will help you to avoid dingy spaces and to illuminate new design features.

Under-counter lighting is practical and will help you to highlight statement worktops and appliances, or if you have glass fronted cabinets try adding lighting to help draw attention to the items displayed inside. Alternatively, if you are looking for a standout design feature why not pick a statement pendant light to hang over your eating area?

Practicality vs. design

Once the stress of organising budgets and contractors is over, designing your new kitchen can be incredibly exciting. But remember it can be easy to get carried away with the latest design trends. Keep in mind that your kitchen renovation may have to last and look good in your home for a long time to come.

Focus your energies on building a kitchen which is timeless and you will make the most of your budget and create a space which is both beautiful and practical. You can do this by picking practical cabinets and flooring made from durable materials and neutral colours that will suit your lifestyle in the years to come. And remember, you can always refresh your kitchen space with bold trend-setting accessories and a fresh coat of paint if you want to update it. britannialiving.co.uk

Neutral colours will keep your kitchen design timeless and will allow for easy design changes