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What to consider when planning a new kitchen

Planning a new kitchen is an exciting domestic improvement job, allowing you to unleash your creativity and implement vital upgrades that make your home an even happier place to be. That said, it’s tricky to know where to start. From cabinets and colour schemes to sinks and splashbacks, there’s a lot to check off.

At Jonathan Wolfe Kitchens we are here to help you take the first steps by outlining exactly what you need to keep in mind when planning a kitchen upgrade. Whether it be a whole kitchen remodel, kitchen revamp, custom built in cupboards or a new bathroom vanities we will go through all the items on this list and you’ll be more than ready to start the transformation.


Understand what does and doesn’t work in your current kitchen before you start planning a new one. You don’t have to change everything just because you’re upgrading. For example, you might still love the colour scheme and where your appliances are positioned. However, it’s also important to be honest about the elements you don’t like — perhaps there isn’t enough storage space, the style is a bit outdated, or you keep catching your clothing on protruding handles. Making a list of all your likes and dislikes will show you what to retain and what to improve.


Is your kitchen really meeting your needs? If you like cooking with your kids or would like to introduce a dining area, you may consider adding a bespoke custom island or replacement kitchen cupboard doors which can double up as an additional food preparation zone as well as a place to eat. Similarly, designing an open plan kitchen is a great idea if you regularly throw parties, or simply enjoy the thought of a free-flowing social hub rather than separate kitchen and living areas.


Looking at pictures of other kitchens can help you think outside the box and discover unique design flourishes which you can combine or put your own spin on to create a space that’s truly yours. Flick through magazines and brochures, and explore image-focused social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram for kitchens in real homes to give you inspiration. You should also be sure to create a scrapbook or mood board to refer to while planning your new kitchen. View some of Jonathan Wolfe Kitchens as a starting point for inspiration and to view our most popular designs.


Investing in your kitchen is crucial for long-term use, but be realistic about your budget. Set a budget, including installation fees, to determine what’s achievable. Identify where you can splurge and where to cut back. For instance, opt for luxurious countertops by sacrificing less essential appliances like a coffee machine or wine cooler.


As important as features such as your cabinets and surfaces are, the overall layout of the space is just as significant, impacting things like traffic flow and your storage options. The perfect kitchen layout will ultimately depend on the size of the available space. An L-shaped design, for instance, leaves plenty of space, and is therefore ideal for smaller kitchens. If you have a larger area to work with, you could consider planning a kitchen with a U-shape to divide the space up.


Are your current systems suitable for the kitchen you’re planning, or will you need to make some changes? For example, underfloor heating will need to be installed before you can lay the flooring. Plumbing will be simpler if your sink, washing machine and dishwasher are all close together, and you must ensure there are plug points near to where you plan for your appliances to go.


Clever storage solutions optimize space, enhancing functionality. Consider custom options like the ‘magic corner’ mechanism for corner spaces and pantry larders for organized storage of non-perishables and kitchen equipment


Choosing kitchen colors is fun and reflects personal taste. Consider how colors complement space and design features. Lighter shades can make small kitchens appear larger, while vibrant hues highlight stylish islands. Material selection matters for both aesthetics and practicality. Keep maintenance in mind; granite, for instance, is durable and easy to clean but requires periodic sealing.