How to plan your new kitchen
A new quality kitchen is an exciting prospect – a brand new kitchen, with all the storage and built-in appliances that you’ve always wished for. A new kitchen can add value to your property, so it’s worth taking your time to carry out research before you get started.
Do you need a new kitchen?
If you are happy with your existing kitchen layout, storage, lighting and appliances, and the carcasses are in good condition, you may not need a new kitchen. Have you thought about freshening up your kitchen with new doors and worktops? This is a great option if you are working to a budget or are thinking of moving soon or renting out your property.
1. Work out your budget
Firstly, work out your budget, whatever your circumstances are – it will help to keep your spending in-check. Estimate how much each item will cost on a spreadsheet. If you have a budget in mind, it will help us to show you the best units, worktops, accessories and appliances for you. We can make recommendations on what and where best, to invest your money in.
2. About your kitchen
Who uses your kitchen? We design kitchens around you and your family, and we also offer a disabled design service, that also caters for people with limited mobility. Is there someone in your home that has special requirements? Is space needed for a wheelchair to manoeuvre? Do the kitchen units and oven need to be lower and be easier to open? How is your kitchen used? How much storage would you like? It’s a good time to de-clutter and take unused or unwanted gifts to the charity shop. How often do you cook? What appliances will be in the kitchen, so we can work out the available space? Are you replacing any and wish them to be in-built into your new units? Would you like to change the lighting?
Once you’ve worked out your budget and thought about all the where-for-alls to do with a kitchen, what about starting a scrapbook? Local newsagents, Post Offices, WHSmith and Paperchase sell them. It’s a fab way to jot down all your scribbles (phone numbers, websites, plumbers, electricians, Which reviews of best appliances) and ideas, as well as sticking in bits that you’ve torn out of magazines (kitchens, tiles, units, taps, kitchen tvs, storage, water filters).
4. Advice and inspiration
We can inspire your imagination and help you put together colours and designs for your dream kitchen. Come and see us at our showroom and we would be delighted to help get you started. We have a number of kitchens on display, and a library of magazines to look through too.
Also, magazines and weekend newspaper supplements contain lots of great ideas for designs, trends, accessories, storage and lighting. Try a couple of different publications.
Other great sources of inspiration include friends and family who have had a new kitchen fitted. Ask them about their experience. What’s the best part of their new kitchen? What would they do again and what wouldn’t they do?
5. Your kitchen
This section will give you lots to think about. Scribble down your ideas and plans into your scrapbook.
In addition to choosing a kitchen range, you’ll also look at:
- Handles: try different ones to see which are the most comfortable to open/close units.
- Carcase colour: note, as a whole, the carcass colour is the same colour or as near as the same colour, as the doors.
- Plinths: the panel that runs along the floor beneath the units is usually available in all carcase colours, door colours, and stainless steel. The plinth can also be a frame on metal plinth legs to give a free-standing look, providing there are no wet appliances in the run.
- Cornice: normally the same colour as the carcase.
- Pelmet/ light trim: this is the same colour as the doors and is a decorative feature under the wall units; this is used under the wall units to prevent glare from fluorescent lighting.
- If you wish to keep your budget on track, choose your door fronts wisely as they can have a significant impact on costs.
- Keep costs affordable by opting for plain cupboards rather than ones with additional features, such as pull-out larders and wirework.
Kitchen worktops are available in laminate, maia and wood, and specialist materials such as granite, quartz and Corian. Specialist worktops must be templated, so can only be measured for their fitting once the kitchen units are in place. Non-specialist ones can be measured in advance, so tend to be more affordable.
All our worktops are available in a wide range of finishes. Each surface has unique properties, and has differing levels of water, wear and heat-resistance. All come with a guarantee, which varies depending on the type of worktop.
We have sample boards and brochures showing the full choice of colours in our showroom. You can get a real feel for the materials by seeing and touching the samples.
Optional extras include: back panels, drainer grooves, built-in trivets and so on.
Every kitchen needs:
- Sink: think about the number of bowls, a drainer, the material, left/right position.
- Taps: what material, how controlled; treat yourself to extras like drinking or steaming water taps (a great space saver, brilliant for making hot drinks in an instant and no more kettles).
- Unit and worktop lighting: halogen, fluorescent or LED lighting and switches
- Power sockets: the Sensiopod is a pop-up power socket with three sockets and two USB sockets; it is hidden away underneath the worktop, and with once push, pops-up. Brilliant!
- Hanging rails for utensils and textiles.
- Media: we sell TVs specially designed for kitchens.
- Splashbacks: in stainless steel or glass.
- Waste bin: freestanding, integrated or fitted within a cupboard.
- Water softener: brilliant for hard water areas.
What are your plans for your appliances: cooking, refrigeration, dishwashing and laundry? Will they be kept or replaced?
- Opt for freestanding white goods rather than going for integrated if you want to keep costs down.
- The Which website is a great place to find tested and recommended white goods, which cater for all budgets.
Treat yourself: There are integrated coffee machines and steam ovens, warming drawers and wine storage, and many more…
Bringing your new kitchen to life – sketching and drawing up your requirements
The next step is to come and see us for a chat at our showroom in Doncaster. We are happy to give advice and help plan your new kitchen. Bring with you any ideas that you may have, such as sketches of your kitchen, or if you have put together a scrapbook. We hope that we can inspire your creative side and help you choose colours, materials and the overall look, feel and design.
We offer a free comprehensive plan and design service using the state of the art CAD system. At the end of your consultation you’ll be able to see your dream kitchen on screen using the latest in graphic technology.
Next, we’ll work out the installation costs. Once we’ve completed the estimate, we’ll invite you to come in for a presentation. Once you’ve accepted the estimate, we’ll order your kitchen and get the ball rolling.
Let DBI help you move your plans forward.
Installing your kitchen
Once you have accepted our estimate and we have arranged a fitting date, our installation team will remove your old kitchen and fit the new one, with all plumbing, electrical and gas connections carried out by accredited technicians.
Every kitchen unit is delivered assembled for easy installation. Soft-close drawers and doors come as standard, and drawers extend fully for easy access. Our kitchens use the latest internal accessories to allow flexibility and ensure that space is used to its maximum.