The kitchen should be the hub of your home. Twenty years ago, our living rooms were the space where families congregated to relax and unwind. Fast forward to today and larger, open plan kitchen diners have become very on-trend. If you are looking at ways to transform your kitchen into something resembling a luxury living space, you need to check out these inspiring ideas to empower your kitchen revamp.
Going Open Plan
Going open plan is not for the faint-hearted, and you will require deep pockets to complete this sort of renovation successfully. You must ensure that you can cope with a couple of months of upheaval, living in a bit of a dusty mess, and having tradespeople wandering in and out of your house. If you fancy an open plan kitchen diner, the chances are you will need to extend outwards. This could mean applying to your local government office to obtain a planning permission document. This can take time, but if you have a lawyer and an architect in your team, you will have more chance of having your planning application heard faster.
Going outwards means eating into your garden, so think carefully about how much space you are willing to extend. Just one meter can add a lot of space. The optimum to extend is three meters or so. Doing this allows you to have a deeper and more square room with added floor space to accommodate a large dining room table. The vision would be a kitchen on one side of the room with a clear open plan view to your dining area. By achieving this, you can watch the kids doing their homework while you cook up a feast, you can chat with friends over coffee, and you can enjoy hosting the odd dinner party or two.
If you are keen to save some cash for your kitchen makeover, think about recycling your current appliances. If you still have a working oven, a great refrigerator, and a decent microwave oven, keep them. Even if you have an issue with an appliance, this doesn’t mean you have to get rid of it and buy a brand new one. Before you call a repairman, think about buying the spare part you need from a dedicated website. Alongside the appliance manual, you should be able to fix your washing machine, your hob, or your oven yourself.
If you do want new appliances to go with your new kitchen diner, think about integrated options. These look neat as they are hidden away behind a kitchen unit door. This makes your kitchen look seamless and more minimalist.
If you are watching the purse strings, consider the sort of units you will be purchasing. Your extension will eat into your budget, so you might want to save some cash on your cabinetry. If you are after a modern look, why not opt for a high gloss gray unit front? If you prefer a country kitchen vibe, a shaker style kitchen may be more your style. Either way, head to your local showroom and check out the ex-display models on offer. Sure, these units have had their drawers opened a few hundred times, but they will still be in near perfect condition. They won’t be scratched or have any faults. Just because they have been on display to the public means that you could buy them for less than half the recommended retail price. The same goes for the sorts of worktops you could consider. A black granite quartz worktop can cost more than the kitchen units themselves. A manmade engineered equivalent will look the part but will be a quarter of the price.
If you are looking to enhance your flooring, whip out the old lino, and consider a more hardwearing floor. You could take the opportunity of a kitchen revamp to install underfloor heating in your kitchen. You can do this under some reclaimed Minton tiles or some resilient real wood laminate flooring. Try to consider how you will be utilizing the space. If you envisage a few spills here and there, you might prefer tiles as they can be wiped clean easily.
Make your space as cohesive as possible by making your new open plan kitchen diner share the same vibe and aesthetic. Don’t follow the crowd or just opt for the decor that is gracing the cover of an interiors magazine. You need to love the interior design around you. Follow these three inspiring ideas, and your kitchen revamp will be a huge success.
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