How to Choose a New Kitchen
If you are thinking about installing a new kitchen in your home, it can be an exciting time, but many people will also find it to be extremely daunting. There can be a seemingly endless list of things to consider, such as what style you would like, what worktop to go with, who to buy from, colours, finishes, quality of the materials and, of course, the price. Buying a new kitchen is a big investment, of both time and money, but with a few hints and tips, it will all be worth it.
The kitchen worktop is often the source of most anxiety surrounding new kitchens, but before looking at various styles or materials, it is useful to look at how you use your current kitchen, if you want more from your new one and what wear and tear it might experience from day to day. For some, the kitchen is the busy heart of the home, the room used most often by family and visitors, therefore it would benefit greater from hard wearing surfaces than kitchens that do experience such heavy use. Similarly, it is important to consider the length of time you wish to remain at your property; if you think it’s possible you may be moving in 3 – 4 years then you might be able to choose materials that are cheaper, but not necessarily long lasting. However, if you are staying in your home for 10 years or more, then it is worth investing a bit more money for a more durable product that will see you through.
In addition to cost and durability, for some, the level of maintenance can also be an important aspect of your kitchen worktop. Laminate is a very popular choice across the UK as it is easy to look after and relatively hard wearing, however, you must take care to avoid scratches and contact with hot appliances in regards to surfaces like granite and stainless steel. Wood surfaces are also proving to be popular as more people seek the ‘country’ look and their impressive look, but these require regular oiling to prevent water penetrating the wood and causing damp and mould problems.
Choosing materials and surfaces for your new kitchen can be stressful enough on its own, but can be made even tougher when certain retailers bombard you with terms you don’t understand or offer you certain deals you are unsure of, so don’t be afraid to do your research. It is most important to make sure the company you are dealing with is an established company with a good business record and you should ask family and friends about their experiences with particular retailers and how they found the service. Only deal with a company that you feel you can trust or gives you that ‘good feeling’, it is not worth compromises on little details that might leave you unhappy in the near future.
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