Ripping out a kitchen and replacing it with a new one can seem like a daunting task, well, because it is! Your home will become a building site and you’ll probably be spending a small fortune. If you’ve seen a kitchen from a homeware shop (Homebase, IKEA etc) then chances are part of the package will include a recommended builder and all the details will be easily arranged for you.
However if you’re after something a little more bespoke then you’re going to have to source a builder and arrange everything yourself. If the thought of this fills you with dread and you don’t know where to start then read on, I’ve put together a few helpful tips to guide you.
First of all do you research. Before you begin inviting builders round to get quotes you want to know exactly what you’ll be quoted on. Hop on over to Pinterest and start pinning any ideas and snaps you love the look of. When we started to get builders round it was so helpful to just show them our Pinterest boards. Plus, who doesn’t want an excuse to sit browsing Pinterest for an hour (or five!)
Work out your budget. Whatever your dream kitchen may be unfortunately it comes with a price tag! It’s easy to get carried away when planning a kitchen and decide you need a built in milk steamer and a marble fridge (that’s probably a thing?) but in reality that’s going to cost you more than you’re probably willing to pay. If you’re set on something pricey then talk to your builder about compromises. Want real wooden worktops but can’t afford them? Look at high quality wood effect instead.
Find a builder that works for you. First of all you’ll need to contact a couple of builders, if friends/family can recommend someone then that’s always a good place to start…however if you’re at a loss then head over to My Builder where you can find local tradesmen in your area reviewed by other homeowners. We had a couple of quotes and our chosen builder immediately stood out, he just got the sort of thing we were after straight away! Where others tried to put us off certain ideas he embraced them and filled us with the confidence that he could deliver what we wanted.
Decide where you want your kitchen from. This isn’t something you’ll have to decide up front. Chances are your builder will have one or two preferred suppliers (generally with a trade discount) where you can choose the shell of your kitchen from, think worktops, cabinets and electrics. If you also want to get everything else from here then so long as they offer what you want, go for it! However if you’ve got very specific ideas (in my case a gold tap!) then you may not find you’re able to source everything from the same supplier. This will mean looking around and buying everything else from several different places. Personally this was my favourite part, it was so much fun being able to design our kitchen and doing it this way means you’ll end up a unique kitchen completely bespoke to you.
So that’s it! Once you’ve done all this and decided on a start date it’s just a case of sitting back and waiting for your old kitchen so transform into a dream. I hope these tips have proved useful if you’re planning a kitchen overhaul! Stay tuned for Part 2 where I’ll be showcasing my new kitchen and talking all about where I got everything from.