So, you’ve decided 2019 is the year your long-planned kitchen renovation gets under way.
Style-wise you know exactly what you’re after, with piles of dog-eared interior mags, Pinterest boards and Instagram #KitchenGoals providing inspiration.
But how much should you spend on your layout and appliances? See our guide for help...
Follow the 5-15% rule
Okay, setting a budget isn’t the most glamorous part of redesigning a kitchen, but it is important. It’s widely accepted among design experts that you should spend no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home on renovating a kitchen.
That means if your house is worth £200,000 you shouldn’t be spending any more than £30,000 on a new kitchen as you won’t recoup your investment if you decide to sell.
Always budget for the unexpected. Keep a little extra aside in case of any nasty surprises under the floorboards or behind the walls – or for if you decide you need to upscale your cooker in coming years.
Savvy design ideas it’s worth spending on
As you’ll be spending so much time in your lovely new kitchen, it’s vital you get the layout right, and that you know exactly how much of your budget you want to spend on things like units and flooring. Want a really sleek, sophisticated finish? Try:
- Deep-base cabinet drawers and a pull-out pantry so you’re not struggling to reach pans stuck at the back
- Taller wall cabinets that make use of high ceilings and create extra storage space
- Statement surface for your kitchen island – a granite top with an eye-catching pattern, perhaps?
- Smart lighting from Philips Hue for setting an elegant scene in your kitchen. What is Philips Hue?
Should I pay more for kitchen tech?
If you don’t often eat in or entertain at home, you don’t have to spend loads on appliances. But if you love to cook and regularly have guests round, you’ll want your dream kitchen to be kitted out with professional-grade appliances built to last.
Invest in the gadgets you think you’ll use most, such as an oven that cleans itself or a smart fridge-freezer with anti-freeze technology. Get the tech right to suit your lifestyle and you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
Remember that premium appliances often have longer guarantees for you added peace of mind down the line. And no matter how you use your kitchen, you’ll save energy (and money) if you search out energy-efficient models.
One of the big decisions is whether you opt for freestanding or built-in appliances.
They’re slickly concealed behind your kitchen units and drawers to bring a neat, sophisticated appearanceand feel to your kitchen. They may cost up to 50% more than freestanding appliances, but for that, you get a more practical, spacious kitchen. No more squeezing past your family to reach the fridge! Read more about built-in appliances
They're designed for all budgets, and they’re more flexible in terms of features and choice. They’ve also come a long way looks-wise, with premium freestanding fridge-freezers and washing machines often finished in black or grey stainless steel. And they come with lots of clean lines and elegant touches. And they come with the hottest new tech too.
If your budget can stretch to those kitchen luxuries that aren’t essential but are nice to have, why not consider these premium choices?
Appliances to help you run your home like a pro
Samsung American-Style Fridge Freezer
In a nutshell: A pro fridge that cools your food to perfection
This Samsung fridge looks good, and it’ll keep your food fresh and great-tasting. Because the fridge and freezer have their own cooling systems, they’ll both have the perfect humidity level. This will stop flavours and odours spreading, so everything from fish to fruit will stay fresher.
Another cool feature (no pun intended) is the water and ice dispenser that'll give you cold water on demand, ice cubes or crushed ice if you're in the mood for a mojito. Finally, there’s a frost-free feature which maintains an even temperature across your whole fridge, so you won’t lose any space to ice – nor will you have to spend time chipping away at it.
Samsung QuickDrive Smart Washing Machine
In a nutshell: Wash things fast and add clothes mid-wash
With this Samsung washing machine, you can get things washed faster. The machine creates a fast water flow that covers the entire drum, and because the detergent penetrates deep into fabrics, you get a more thorough wash.
Another innovation is ecobubble technology, which works by mixing air, water and detergent to create bubbles that wash your clothes faster. Plus, it's better for the environment and even helps you save on your bills.
If you've forgotten to add a stray sock – we’ve all done it – or maybe want to add some extra softener, you can use the AddWash door. The small opening in the main door can be opened as long as the temperature is below 50°C.
Just a couple more things to tell you about. Auto Optimal Wash uses four sensors to adjust the time and water depending on the weight of the load, helping save water and energy. During the wash cycle, it’ll decide whether more detergent and time is needed to complete the job. Finally, there’s smart control, which lets you check and monitor the cycle from your smartphone.
Bosch Serie 6 Full-size Integrated Dishwasher
In a nutshell: A quiet, spacious, fast-drying dishwasher
We all hate opening the dishwasher to find half of it needs drying again. You’ll be pleased to hear that this Bosch dishwasher dries things brilliantly, so you can put that tea towel away.
This dishwasher also does away with loud disruptive noises which can spoil your relaxing evenings – or your sleep. Running at a whisper quiet 41 decibels, it’s perfect if you want to wake up to clean and sparkling kitchenware. And those delicate items won’t be damaged thanks to its protective clean program.
This dishwasher is spacious – it holds up to 14 place settings, so you can get everything cleared away and out of sight after a grand feast.
Bosch HBS573BS0B Electric Oven
In a nutshell: Perfectly cooked food – and easy to clean
Good news - there’ll be no more needing to swap your spuds and Yorkshires halfway through with this oven. 3D Hotair technology evenly distributes heat on up to three levels so you'll get perfectly cooked food whichever shelf you use.
You’ll be able to spend less time cleaning and more time cooking with the pyrolytic self-cleaning feature, saving you both time and money. Just to explain how pyrolytic cleaning works, it heats the oven to a high temperature, reducing any dirt and food to ash – then you just wipe it away after.
The AutoPilot 10 makes sure every dish is a success thanks to 10 pre-set automatic programmes. Choose the right mode and the oven will get to work.
And with two slim-sized pans included, you have all you need to create some amazing dishes.
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