So you have planned a family room extension to your home? It may be a space for your kitchen, dining area and also a lounge area, but how do you divide it up. Your first thoughts may be to have a large kitchen with a large island; this can be a big mistake depending on the area of your room. You may have a small kitchen at present and just want to spread it all out and have a feeling of space. This is fine if you are left with enough room for your dining and lounge areas. The thing is that your small kitchen you have at present is probably very efficient at the very least you don’t have to walk too far to any within the kitchen. If you can imagine taking away two of the four walls (assuming it is rectangular)and putting your kitchen in the corner of your new extension, your old kitchen would have a completely different feel to it. Just add a breakfast bar, and you have a seating area where your kids can eat their breakfast and your friends and family somewhere to sit and chat to you while you are preparing and cooking their meals.You may also have a view of the rest of the area including the garden, which will give you a great feeling of space, In my opinion, a peninsula is a much better option than an island if you want to limit the area your kitchen takes up. If you don’t get the layout right, you can end up with small areas of the extension which you can’t do much with and sometimes they just become a big walkthrough. If you have a vast space to work with, then go for that big island. When visiting potential clients islands are probably one of the most requested features that people want in their kitchen. A significant proportion of these I have to convince them that an island will not work .this may be for space reasons or if they want a sink or dishwasher in the island that it would be impossible or costly to get the waste water away. There are many many factors involved in choosing a kitchen layout, the position of existing services in your house such as gas, water and electrical installation. Many of these I will be going through at a later date.
There are a few things to consider should you be contemplating extending your house to create a family area incorporating your kitchen and living space. The kitchen could be the most expensive part of the project apart from perhaps the building work. It is an excellent idea that when you have obtained planning permission (should you need it) before you start to get quotes from builders, you should decide a layout for your kitchen. Not only will the builder have to know the positions of sinks, boilers, and appliances etc. but the location of a window may affect the kitchen layout. I always prefer to position a sink central with a window if possible, so the position of the window could be critical. Also, a doorway in the slightly wrong place may affect the dream kitchen you always wanted. To do this before you get quotes is far better, as the quote you get will be based on what you wish to, any changes to the work after the builders quote is excepted usually work out more expensive especially if you have paid a deposit, and the work has already started. If you came to Teddington kitchens for a free quote and initial design, I would go through all this with you which could save you a lot of heartache and money dealing with your builder.This may sound obvious, but I have met an awful lot of people who have fallen into this trap! Also If you do not have a separate utility room for your laundry etc. and you are planning a family room incorporating your kitchen you need to consider creating one in either the new extension or in the existing house. Due to the noise from the washing machine etc. and the clutter which laundry area creates, this will spoil the look and your family area. And ruin any conversation or the viewing of a tv or listening to music.
Over the next few weeks, I will be discussing the do’s and don’ts of kitchen design and layout, concerning all the decisions you have to make not just in design.
We use high impact water resistant M.D.F for our doors and frames; this is a high-quality product not the run of the mill M.D.F obtained from most suppliers.
M.D.F is far more stable than wood no twisting or bowing and is not affected by moisture and temperature changes, unlike wood. Our frames and doors are cut from a single piece of M.D.F.This means that after painting there is no chance of cracks appearing in the paintwork around the centre panels of the doors or anywhere around the frames as there are no joints. The doors always close flush with the frame and never bind. Tulipwood has been used traditionally for this purpose and still is for most frames and doors on painted kitchens, some manufacturers now use M.D.F for the doors and tulipwood for the frames, but they always use the five-piece construction for the doors. M.D.F is also a far better painting surface than wood, and although tulipwood is classed as a hardwood it is in fact very soft, and you can easily push your nail into it.
Our Doors and frames are cut on a CNC machine (computer numerical control)which can be programmed to cut very intricate shapes and exceptionally accurately so there is no limit to the door types that can be produced.