Designing a kitchen can be daunting so we have put together some advice to help with the task.

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ALWAYS MEASURE TWICE
To ensure you measure the kitchen correctly and accurately follow these simple steps
1. Always measure from left to right , or in a clockwise fashion. This is the way a surveyor would measure and always measure at worktop height.
2. Start in a corner and measure to the nearest obstruction i.e window,doorway or pipe box.
3. Write all sizes down on your preliminary plan as you measure and when you have completed one wall measure the whole wall and all these sizes should add up.
4. When measuring doorways and windows the architrave or facing must be included as part of the window or door measurement.
5. Complete the above tasks for all the walls in the kitchen.
6. Measure and locate all services i.e stop tap, gas point,cooker control unit (ccu),power points and position them on your plan.
7. Measure all other anomalies e.g soil pipes, pipe boxing and boilers and position on your plan.
8. Measure the height of the window sill from the floor sill height. Do this in two stages by measuring from the floor to the top of existing worktop height then measure the space between the worktop and top of sill, add these two measurements together sill height.
9. Measure the height of the window from top of sill to the top of the window then add this to the sill height
10. Measure the height from the floor to the ceiling ceiling height
11. Always measure the depth of the existing worktop,if it is more than 600mm? Find out if there are pipes behind or any other obstructions.
12. All your measurements should be done in millimetres.The scale you should be using is 1:20 which means that every square on your planner equals 100mm.

DO’S
1. Do wherever possible , use the same width door for a base unit as on the wall unit so that the doors line through.
2. Do place a washer / dishwasher close to the sink to minimize plumbing work.
3. Do position a larder / oven housing unit at the end of worktop runs so as not to split the working areas.
4. Do remember that an inset sink does not have to be in a 1000mm base as long as the unit is big enough to accommodate the bowl e.g 600mm will house a 1.5 bowl.
5. Do , if possible plan hob/free standing cooker in a position which will minimize the customer carrying hot pans across walkways in the kitchen.
6. Do allow a minimum of 300mm clear space at each side of a hob to allow for pan handles which may protrude over the side of the hob.
7. Do ensure that there is a minimum of 750mm between the bottom of a wall unit and top of any hob.
DONT`S
1. Don`t locate a cooker or hob beneath a window where curtains might catch fire or where it is dangerous to reach over the hob to clean or open the window.
2. Don`t put wall units above a cooker without an extractor.
3. Don`t put worktop joints near an inset sink.
4. Don`t have worktop joints over appliance spaces.
5. Don`t plan a hob or cooker on the end of a run or next to a door.
6. Don`t plan an oven housing next to a fridge or freezer.

So you have finally decided to update your kitchen and do not know where to start.Your kitchen is tired and worn out, the appliances are old and need replaced.
Your kitchen is at the heart of the home and it is essential that it is a space that you will enjoy.
A new kitchen will also improve the value of your home.
The functionality of your kitchen is vital in such that the design is correctly laid out so you can
achieve maximum storage space and is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The cooking area must be designed and implemented in a structure that is conducive to a modern kitchen.Your appliances need to be both functional and practical resulting on what will work for you.
Lighting is an essential issue in the overall ambiance of the kitchen resulting in a warm and
welcome environment. The emphasis on worktops and flooring in recent years have been on stone which is both functional and easy on the eye. Stone flooring and worktops are now the prevalent favorites of the high end kitchen market.
COSTS OF MY KITCHEN
After you have decided on the layout of your kitchen your next step in the process is what budget will i need to realise my dream kitchen. It goes without saying that to update your kitchen is an investment in your home and will improve the value of your property.
The materials used in the construction of your kitchen will determine the cost.

Cabinets solid
wood / chipboard
Doors wood / mdf
Worktops stone/ laminate
£3000 – £5000 Budget Kitchen
£5000 – £10000 Quality High St Retail
£10,000 – £20,000 Solid Wood / Contemporary High St Retail
£20,000 – £100000 Solid Wood / Contemporary High End
WHAT TO DO NEXT
You have now decided on what type of kitchen you desire and your budget. Your next step is who is the right company or individual to fulfill your dream kitchen. You now have a general feel of how you wish your kitchen to be planned.
First step is to measure the kitchen with an emphasis on informing your designer your hopes
and desires for your new kitchen.
Kitchen plan You will need to plan where the cooker, sink, washing machine, dishwasher, fridge
will be located. Do you wish a draw pack, type of sink, taps, handles.
Worktops Stone, laminate, splash-backs
Flooring Stone, wood,vinyl
Lighting Under counter , main lighting
Painting Doors, other areas
Appliances integrated, stand alone,
You have now agreed in conjunction with your designer your luxury bespoke designed kitchen.

1.Is the kitchen to be drawline or full height base units.
2.Are the wall units to be small,medium or large
3.If full height base units you must have at least one draw pack.
4.Free standing appliances will be seen ,doors cannot be made to cover these.
5.Integrated appliances must be provided if a door is required.
6.Existing wall tiles must be removed prior to fit.
7.Have you included lighting in the design.
8.What worktops? granite, laminate, wood etc
9.Are you going to have a free standing cooker.built in oven or in a tall unit.
10.Do you require a cooker hood.

1. Keep all wet appliances together in same area as sink if possible.
2. Keep all cooking appliances in the same area if possible.
3. Can the extractor be vented or is it to be recirculated.
4. What appliances whether new or existing ( will the old appliances look good in a new
     kitchen? )
5. stop tap,gas point,gas meter,drain/gully,elec meter and fuse board to be noted on plan.
6. Ceiling height,cill height and head height of window to be on your plan.
7. Include all obstructions on your plan e.g stair well
8. Wall and floor type to be written on your plan.
9. Include all architraves ( facings ) in your door and window measurements.
10. Are there to be new sockets above the worktops.
11. Leave 100mm tolerance per run.
12. Have you balanced the runs.
13. What cabinets will fit after subtracting appliances.