Things To Consider When Planning A New Kitchen

Are you thinking about planning a new kitchen? Not too sure where to start? Our team has put their heads together and put together a guide on where to start and what you might need to consider along the way.

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There are five key areas you need to think about when you start your journey, these are; layout, functionality, appliances, colour scheme and relationships.

Layout and functionality – you need to think about how the kitchen is going to be used – it is more for show or how much cooking will be done in it.

Appliances – are you having a range cooker? A bank of ovens? Where do they need to be placed in order for optimal use and functionality? What make – appliances can quickly raise the total cost by substantial amounts.

Colour scheme – are you thinking wood? Painted wood? Are you looking for something quirky or subtle? How does it fit with the rest of your home?

Relationships – this might seem like an odd one, but the company and team involved in designing and fitting your kitchen are going to become a focal part of your life for at least 8 – 10 weeks. Do you get a positive vibe from them? Have you had any recommendations?

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So where do you start your kitchen journey?

Luckily, 2018 has brought us a wealth of social media sites geared up to homes & interiors inspiration including Pinterest and Instagram. There’s also dedicated homes & interiors sites such as Idealhome.co.uk where there are so many images to browse as well as articles on the latest kitchen trends and what’s hot in the world of kitchens. Another great resource is Houzz, for example you can see all of our kitchen and home design projects on our Houzz page.

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Once you start browsing, pull off any images and styles you like to take to kitchen showrooms so you can talk through how you’d potentially like your own kitchen to look. One thing to note is that traditional kitchens are often more expensive than a modern finish and it is worth considering how the style will fit with the rest of the house.

Thinking of adding an extension to house your new kitchen?

If you are thinking about an extension that will extend you houses footprint by more than 10%, you will need planning permission. We advise that you look to work with a local architect who can draw up plans and help you with the planning process. By working with a local architect, they will know the local area, as well as what planners are likely to pass for you.

We can recommend trusted and proven architects that we have worked with on a number of different projects.

Research kitchen companies

There’s no harm in visiting a number of different kitchen showrooms and taking time out to have a look and feel of their products. You’ll get an idea for quality and the kind of designs they are producing. You can also see in the flesh features that you like and what you hadn’t considered but that would work for you.

Also, take time talking to the designers and customer service team at each showroom. It is vital that you get on with whoever you pick and that you are comfortable dealing with the team as they will become a fixture in your life over a number of months.

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What a wonderful experience from beginning to end. We certainly weren’t the easiest customers , we weren’t sure what we wanted or when ! However Donna, Richard, Rich and their amazing team guided us through the process with utter professionalism as well as warmth and patience. The results exceeded our expectations, particularly the attention to every detail. They wouldn’t rest until they knew we were happy with everything. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or use them again.

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Thanks to all the team at The Woodworks for working with me on yet another great project.
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Look forward to our future projects together!

Alan Burton

Woodworks provided us with excellent service, from planning and design to finished kitchen

Build quality is excellent and it really does give the house the WOW factor

Our kitchen was part of a new build process for house we have built from scratch. Deadlines constantly moved, and Woodworks worked around everybody to get the job done on time and in full

After sales is very good, with tweaks to doors and cupboards all part of the service!

Sarah Innes

It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with The Wood Works. Our existing kitchen was 20 years old, and the layout of the room did not make use of the available space. Josh produced inspired ideas for re-designing the whole area, and really listened to what we wanted to achieve, patiently fine-tuning the plans to our particular requirements. We are now the proud owners of a stunning and practical new kitchen which has completely exceeded our expectations. When my sister visited for the first time, she said "it looks like the kitchen of a celebrity chef!" (which I am not). What a transformation. The Wood Works is a family-run business, and that really shows in terms of their professional service, quality of fittings, attention to detail, reliability and easy communication. Nothing was too much trouble. At the start of the project, Josh promised we would have our kitchen by Christmas. I was sceptical as we were in the midst of the pandemic, but they delivered as promised, with no hitches. Thoroughly recommend.


Brilliant Service!
They designed, built, and fitted my new kitchen.
Extremely happy and will be recommending to my friends and family.

Sian Baker

Over the moon with our new kitchen!
The design is exactly what we wanted, the fitters were excellent, and the craftsmanship is fantastic.
Everyone at The Wood Works helped to make the process as smooth and as easy as possible.
I would recommend them to anyone looking at getting a new kitchen.

Ruhel 4 November, 2021

We are delighted with the kitchen supplied and fitted by The Woodworks. The design, look and quality is brilliant. The designer (Tom Dodd), the project manager (Andy Neville) and the fitters were all brilliant. Always helpful and responsive. A really pleasing experience with Woodworks and a brilliant finished kitchen.

The design collated by Tom was brilliant and tailored brilliantly to our exact requirements.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Sue Finegold 22 December 2021

We have a beautiful kitchen of the highest quality The company are efficient friendly and nothing is too much trouble.
Richard and Donna designed everything for us to perfection. All their staff are really great.