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The kitchen is not just a room where you prepare meals anymore. Over recent years it has become much more than that. It has become the focal point of any house and is indeed considered the heart of the home. Whilst most people do not cook as much as they might like to think, it does not detract from the fact than an increasing number of us are spending a great deal of money modifying our kitchens like never before.

Research has shown that not only is a kitchen renovation aesthetically pleasing but it also significantly increases the value of your home.

Steps To Improving Your Kitchen

The first step is to plan your kitchen properly. You need to have a clear idea of what you require and the limitations of your budget. Of course this will also depend on the space you have at your disposal. There are so many options available these days and the gadgets you can incorporate are quite astounding. A great aspect to have in any kitchen is good lighting. This not only provides a vital function but is also an impressive feature if done correctly. Illumination always draws people’s attention to a room.

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Alongside this, you should try to make sure your units have self closing draws and doors. This has been a very popular function lately and has that added ‘wow’ factor. However you need to make sure that all cables are correctly laid as wires hanging loose would ruin the intended effect. With this in mind, you should try to reposition your boiler to a part of the room where it looks less unsightly. If this is not possible, then consider having units which hide the boiler and ensure it fits well with the rest of the layout.

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One thing you must ensure is that your plumbing is adequate for any extra appliances you chose to have in the kitchen. There is no point in having a dish washer and washing machine incorporated into the units if there is no room for additional pipes to carry the waste.

If you are conscious about the environment, then why not stick to stainless steel sinks and glass worktops. These are generally made of 70% and 95% recycled materials respectively. This approach will go a long way to creating a more eco kitchen.

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It should be remembered that kitchens vary widely in price, so you should always shop around for the best quote. Large chain retailers will usually be far more expensive than your independent fitter. A good idea is to get some plans drawn up for free by a main retailer who supplied you with the kitchen and then potentially go to a local fitter to have it installed. Many larger retailers will generally provide plans as part of their quote for installation.

In order to save some money, you might want to consider ripping out the old kitchen yourself as fitters will charge for this service and it isn’t that difficult to do. It also means that the professionals will have a clear space and can get on with the work straight away.

And finally, never pay up front for the work undertaken. You need to be satisfied that it has been completed satisfactorily before you hand over any of your hard earned

Thank you to the Staunch and Flow team for putting together this article; It would be good to hear back from you on how your renovation went, so keep in touch!