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Tips and Advice

Are you looking for a kitchen design or a new kitchen in the Long Eaton, Nottingham and Derby area? This page provides some useful tips and advice that can be used to help you plan and make some good decisions.

Who is this for?

If you intend to stay in the property then the home improvements are all about you. That is to say, the choices you make can reflect your personality, taste and desires. On the other hand, if you are looking to add value to a property before a sale, it pays to be more rational.

A larger kitchen is really what buyers are looking for. With this in mind, consider removing a wall or adding a window before splashing out on fancy appliances such as coffee machines. Anything with a strong personality is potentially a waste of money. Therefor, to make the biggest return on investment you should consider using neutral colours for major surfaces and worktops. Additionally, try and avoid the latest design trends as they are often the most expensive and they could turn some buyers off. You can always transform the feeling of a kitchen through accessories such as glassware or painted walls that can easily be changed.

Make a list

There is a lot to consider when planning a renovation or kitchen. Therefore it’s a good idea to write down all the things you want. The list could include more space, natural light, appliances, storage, or any desire you might have. As a result, your list will be very useful for planning your new kitchen.

Know your style

Are you looking for a modern kitchen or a more traditional kitchen style? With so many options available, choosing your dream kitchen can be confusing. However, some great places to find inspiration are Pinterest and Instagram. Start by saving pictures of colour schemes and styles you like. Furthermore consider details such as doors, worktops, lighting, and sinks. If you are still unsure of your style, sometimes it helps to think about what you don’t like first. This will help you make a short list so you can pick between your favourite ideas.

Set a budget

A kitchen renovation cost can start at about £2000 but the average cost is approximately £10,000.

Decide which aspects of the kitchen design are most important to you. For example, if you are working to a budget and a larger kitchen is important. Consider allocating more of the budget to increase the room size before splashing out on expensive appliances. You can always add desired appliances at a later date.

Kitchen showrooms often just advertise the cost of the units but this tends to be about a third of the total renovation cost. However, our kitchen designer will provide clear and honest advice, thus allowing you to know the complete cost of your finished project.

Consider the kitchen working triangle

The working triangle is a concept used to provide efficient kitchen layouts. It allows you to flow around the kitchen with minimal effort. For example, the main tasks in a kitchen are carried out between the fridge, cooker and sink. Consider the position of these 3 elements; you want them to be close – but not too close to each other. Get this right and your kitchen will be easy and efficient to use.

Do your research

New kitchens and renovation work is a big investment, therefore it’s vital to get value for money and a high standard of installation.

It is easy to be seduced by kitchen showrooms and salespeople because it’s their job to sell a dream. However, we suggest talking to friends and family to see how their kitchens are standing the test of time. Even budget kitchens can look good in the showroom but after a few years, they can show signs of wear.

Get the pros to come to you

We believe that we can only achieve the best design by visiting the proposed site of installation and getting to know the customer. When designing a new kitchen or renovation, accurate measurements are essential. For example, you need to consider the kitchen layout along with windows, doors, fuse box, lighting, sockets, gas, extractor hoods and ceiling height.

An experienced kitchen designer will be able to help with ideas and consider all the elements. Only by doing this can you ensure a well-planned renovation that will achieve a perfect finish.

3D Kitchen models

In recent years computer-aided design has come a long way. As a result, we can use the latest software to bring your kitchen vision and ideas to life. This is a great way to plan your kitchen layout and choose from a variety of styles and fittings.

Ellmea provides free kitchen design and home consultations to Long Eaton, Nottingham, Derby and the surrounding areas.

Plumbing and electrics

If you are looking to save money then the kitchen designer can see if it’s possible for your appliances to go in the same position. This will dramatically reduce the work needed to be done by the plumber and electrician. However, If you have decided to remodel your entire kitchen, then this is a great opportunity to put everything in the perfect place. Our experienced team will plan your kitchen to make sure sockets, lighting and all the appliances have been carefully thought about.

Protection from renovation mess

Renovation work is messy and dust does a brilliant job of getting everywhere. As a result, our installation team work hard to keep things tidy and recommend taking your time to protect the rooms separate from the work area. It is expected that customers will want to check on work progress, so by using drop sheeting and taping off doors you can protect your house from any debris being walked through.

Plan your daily routine

Renovating a home or kitchen is going to cause disruption to your daily routine. Therefore, you want a plan in place so you can feed the family and save on unnecessary hassle. One solution is to create a temporary mini-kitchen in another room. A microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge will provide you with the basics and keep you going nicely.

Speak to your insurer

It’s a good idea to speak to your insurer and let them know you will be having renovation work done. This will give you peace of mind and ensure you have the right cover.

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