Planning Your New Kitchen
21st May 2014
Planning Your New Kitchen
We understand that purchasing a new kitchen can be a very exciting yet somewhat daunting task for someone looking to improve their home. It will often be one of the most important purchases you will make in your lifetime after a new car or home. However, designed and professionally finished, can actually add value to your property.
We’ve written this handy blog to make the research, planning, purchase and installation process more manageable for you, whilst making that once in a lifetime purchase. We’ll be with you every step of the way.
So you would like to purchase a new kitchen?
- Establishing a budget – This is the first question our designer will ask you. This will give both you and us a guide price when looking at kitchen finishes, worktops, appliances, even down to the interiors and handles.
- How you use your kitchen – Who uses the kitchen, how is it used and what are the main functions of the kitchen if it is not just for cooking?
- Accessories you will be adding – Our planning and third party installation service also includes tiling, flooring, lighting etc. so thinking about a look, feel and colour scheme is always a great way to view the overall project.
Across our stores we have up to 40 different kitchens on display for you to get that ‘hands on’ feel to their styles and finishes. We have kitchen ranges to suit all budgets and you can always take advantage of Interest Free Credit.
Here are a few examples of our ranges;
Modern and Contemporary
Modern kitchens are characterised by uncluttered lines and sophisticated, sleek finishes, often with a bold choice of colour.
Key to the modern look are luxury gloss or rich wood curved cabinets in a smooth finish creating a streamlined look – integrated handles and incorporating hidden and built in appliances for an unbroken run of colour. Complemented by high tech gadgetry, bright lighting and accessories
Traditional, Farmhouse or Country
Traditional, Farmhouse & Country Kitchens are design favourites that have stood the test of time and can look equally stylish in modern or period properties. Key features are the use of natural wood or painted finishes alongside basket drawers, open shelving, decorative cornices and built in plate racks.
When planning traditional fitted kitchens, country kitchens or farmhouse kitchen designs we recommend incorporating any original features into your kitchen design - for example, range cookers work particularly well in chimney breasts to provide a focal point for the room, while in a large space, kitchen islands are both stylish and practical.
Traditional fitted kitchens, Country Kitchens & Farmhouse Kitchens are known for their character - and wood or stone worktops teamed with cream units are a great way to add texture, while glazed units offer the opportunity to display your favourite crockery.
Shaker kitchen doors reign as one of our most sought after cabinet looks - and versatility is the key. From dressed-down and rustic to dressed-up and trendy its five-piece flat-panel design delivers on simplicity and style, setting the stage for a kitchen with real personality.
For a contemporary, urban take on the Shaker kitchen why not team a gloss finish with granite or solid surface worktop plus sleek bar handles, glass splash backs and stainless steel appliances for a modern twist.
If your style is a little more traditional then wooden units are a classic choice and truly timeless in maple, pear, oak or walnut woodgrain - to name but a few.
Shaker kitchens are available from the following brands at Leekes: Sheraton, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Rotpunkt, Cusina, Signature by Symphony and Casa
Your Shopping List
- Choose your Range
- Choose your Handles
- Choose your Carcase colour
- Choose your Plinth (kickboard)
- Choose your Cornice
- Choose your Worktop
- Choose your Appliances
- Choose your Accessories
The kitchen range you choose will immediately affect the overall cost of your kitchen however we can tailor most ranges to meet your budget. Then adding handles, plinth and cornice will complement the style of your kitchen you wish to achieve. Adding your work tops and appliances shall be the finishing touches to your perfect kitchen.
Careful planning, and limiting the number of drawers you have in the kitchen will reduce the cost as well as opting for plain shelving interiors rather than expensive mechanisms such as corner carousels and pull out larders.
With a variety of natural stone and engineered stone options in different designs, colours and finishes, selecting the right stone worktop for your fitted kitchen is an easy task.
Granite Quartz and Silestone® are at the higher end of budget scale, they come made to measure and a template is produced once the kitchen units have been installed. It may mean that a temporary worktop will need to be provided whilst these custom measurements are produced.
Solid surface worktops
Maia® surfaces have been developed to be used in the domestic environment - particularly the kitchen. Maia® kitchen worktops offer a smooth, seamless finish that is highly heat resistant and impenetrable to dirt, dust and bacteria - perfect for busy families in the kitchen.
Maia®, unlike marble and granite, will resist most household chemicals including alcohol and cosmetics, it doesn't require any specialist cleaning regimes and most dirt and light residue will easily wipe away with a damp cloth and soapy water, making it simple to maintain.
Wood and laminate worktops
Wood and laminate kitchen worktops are staples within many modern and traditional style kitchens today and are available in a variety of finishes, grain patterns and tones. Whilst solid wood worktops are durable and have natural anti-bacterial properties, laminate kitchen worktops can provide the same design effect as more expensive worktop finishes including solid wood and granite.
Cooking and refrigeration appliances are a requirement in all kitchens, however you may not have room for dishwashing and laundry appliances. Positioning these outside of the kitchen, maybe in a utility room or cupboard, gives you the opportunity to make use of the extra storage space created. This may also give you the option to choose white, freestanding appliances instead of fully integrated appliances in the kitchen itself. This is a cost effective way without having to pay for false doors on top of more expensive appliances.
This may allow you to indulge in other items such as wine storage, a built in coffee machine or an instant hot water tap.
Book an appointment today!
So you have ticked off your shopping list, you have browsed our website for ranges, styles and ideas it’s now time to book a consultation. Fill out our consultation request form today.
At Leekes we guarantee quality from the design, to the product, to the delivery. With over 115 years in the business we bring a wealth of experience to every job we undertake and deliver on customer satisfaction. Our talented designers work to help you realise your kitchen dreams down to the last detail, no request is too small and with a 10 year guarantee* on all of our kitchens, you can purchase with complete peace of mind.
We look forward to seeing you in store.