“If your budget stretches to just one refit in the home, make sure it’s the kitchen. This has now become the showpiece area of the home. We don’t just cook in it, we do homework in it, we watch television in it and hold dinner parties there.” – Phil Spencer, TV Property Expert
Wise words, Phil. So, how can you improve yours?
The focal point of any home, kitchens are vitally important to your home life. Remodelling your kitchen will increase your home’s value and can bring about a new wave of energy and warmth to your home.
Kitchen renovations can even encourage better eating habits! According to research by Houzz, more than 1/3 of those who invested a new kitchen reported a healthier lifestyle post-renovation. The survey of 3,000+ homeowners found that 43% cooked more meals at home, and 36% even claimed to have reduced the number of takeaways they order!
4 for 2018
1) Go for Gold… or Brass
Copper kitchen accessories dominated 2017 with homeowners turning towards shiny metallics to enhance their industrial-look kitchens with subtle splashes of colour. And we expect the same shimmering finishes to continue, but with brass taking centre stage in 2018, and even gold for those with deeper pockets.
Whether it’s statement pieces like ceramic wall tiles and big lighting, or finishing touches like door handles and taps, golden, brassy tones are set to become the most coveted metal finish for kitchens up and down the country.
2) Install an Island
With a new kitchen in mind, you’re already thinking about how to make the most of the space available to you. Have you thought about adding a multi-purpose island?
Islands are brilliantly hardworking. One day it might be used as a food preparation area, another day it might be the main stage for a congregation of friends. But more commonly that not, they make great spaces to work in more ever so precious storage space.
How about incorporating an appliance into your island? Fitting a small sink or a separate hob may just tempt more of your family to get involved with dinner prep!
3) Get That Eco Look
Gone are the days when kitchen design was all about colour choice and style. More and more of us are now
looking at how we can have a more environmentally friendly space.
With new eco-friendly appliances available, such as energy-efficient refrigerators and magnetic induction cooktops, we can all lessen our kitchen’s carbon footprint.
Achieve the ‘eco look’ with natural materials like bamboo and real hardwood, and combined with some strategically placed plants and foliage you can really begin to feel like you’re bringing the outside in.
4) White Lighting
Kitchen lighting is often left as an afterthought. However, for a relatively small investment, good lighting can enhance the overall appearance of your kitchen design, add ambience to social gatherings and make your kitchen a more enjoyable space.
Ideal for kitchens, halogen bulbs and LED strips produce a much whiter light. LED strips can also be used for under unit lighting, they can easily be added and are typically inexpensive.
Finally, it is a very good idea to use a local kitchen fitter instead of the ones offered by your supplier. They are often able to install your kitchen at a fraction of the price!
“But isn’t a new kitchen really expensive?”
Research from consumer body Which? found that a new kitchen typically costs around £8,000, and could add up to 6% to your home’s value, which works out at an average of around £18,000 for a £300,000 home.
At John O’Connell Building Solutions we can supply and install any brand of kitchen. Our turnkey service includes plumbing, plastering, tiling and electrics. In other words, we take care of everything for you!
If you would like to discuss your ideal kitchen project, or get some professional advice, please call us on 01206 396667 or send us an email on email@example.com for a FREE, no-obligation discussion.