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How much should I spend on my kitchen?

 working together at homeNew Year – New Home?

Any housing expert will tell you that if you are only going to improve one room in your house to make your home more sellable, then make it the kitchen.
But you may ask yourself, ‘How much should I spend on my kitchen?’ In an article for the Daily Telegraph, TV house sale guru Phil Spencer explains that you need to match your kitchen budget to the value of your home, so if your house is low in sale value don’t go overboard on a kitchen and appliances as they won’t add the equivalent value.

However if your house is valuable, adding a cheap kitchen will devalue it, so make sure you invest in a high quality kitchen to add value to your property. Ideal Home echo this view saying ‘always keep expense in proportion to the size and current value of your property; for example, there’s little chance of adding value (or even recouping costs) if you add a bespoke £25,000 kitchen to a house that’s valued at £170,000 – even if it is in a brand-new kitchen extension. Nor is it sensible to put an £8,000 kitchen in a house that’s worth £1m!

Adding Value to your Home with Bespoke – 10% January discount

Bespoke kitchens will add real value to the more valuable properties. As well as enjoying all the benefits of a beautifully designed and fitted bespoke kitchen, Ideal home say that ‘a new kitchen will make your property more appealing to buyers and according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), can add as much as 4% to its value.”

In his article Phil goes further saying that ‘typically, a new kitchen will add 4.6 per cent onto the value’ of your home.

A bespoke kitchen provides unbeatable quality with the kitchen being made to measure and built to last, here in the UK but this needn’t mean expensive. Once you’ve fully priced up your new kitchen you’ll find that a fully bespoke Conquest kitchen is very competitively priced even against the flat pack, build cheap and import, one size fits all approach of the High Street. In addition, we are now offering a 10% discount on all of our kitchen orders in January 2018 so now is the time to give us a call, visit our showrooms in either Portsmouth or High Wycombe or have one of our designers come and talk to you.


New Kitchen Trends Report

houzz kitchen trends reportOur friends at Houzz UK recently published their 2017 Kitchen trends report and there are some fascinating insights into what people are doing to their kitchens and why. They surveyed over 3000 registered Houzz users who had either completed a kitchen renovation in the previous 12 months or were planning one in the next three months. The results provide some food for thought. 

Key findings included:

More than a third of homeowners reported leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home.

Contemporary kitchen styles lead the way, comprising 56% of new kitchen styles. White cabinetry appears in nearly a third (31%) of kitchen renovations. More than a fifth of new cabinetry is custom made (22%).

People are prepared to invest in quality and craftsmanship with around 9% spending more than £75k on their kitchen renovation and 7% spending more than £50k.

Nearly two thirds of kitchen renovations are increasing the room’s size (63%). Open concepts continue to be in vogue with 59% of new kitchens more open to the other rooms and 52% more open to the outdoors.

You can download and read the detailed report here.

How to add a computer workstation to your kitchen

glass worktop kitchen

Have you thought about adding a workstation to your kitchen? While some may prefer a room of their own, if you need to keep an eye on the children whilst catching up with e-mails or cook dinner whilst keeping up-to-date with business news, then a carefully integrated and perhaps even concealed workstation and storage for files and paperwork can offer an ideal solution.

The breakfast bar is perhaps where most of us tend to sit in the kitchen when we need to check on our emails or complete that last piece of work. In recent years the kitchen has now, more than ever become the focal point in the home. The number of homes where the kitchen is solely used to prepare food is now in a small minority. Most of us like to eat our meals there, relax in there, watch television and from time to time do our work there.

Whilst some may think that it’s unhelpful to bring the workplace into the heart of the home, in the kitchen, for many it’s more a case of the growth of the blurred lines in our lives . We seek and enjoy the benefits of a more flexible work life balance which involves perhaps working from home a little more, more sharing of parenting and work roles in the family and roles within the home and this is surely all to the good. It’s only natural that in turn, the space in which we live also adapts to allow this more flexible approach to life and living and this is why we’re seeing the kitchen now fulfilling such a wide variety of roles in the home.

The key to getting these changes right is not to simply drop something into this space which rightly fits in a different space – such as your home office. Adding a work station to your kitchen can be done gently and with subtlety. It could be an approach which is as simple as reshaping a kitchen island worktop or perhaps recessing an area of shelving. As a bespoke furniture company, we can provide tailored solutions for your kitchen ad your family needs. That might mean incorporating a homework nook into a corner of the kitchen using the same cabinet and worktop materials for a desk so that there is a seamless connection. Alternatively you might like to have a workstation that will slide out from an area of worktop – as in our glass kitchen worktop design or might prefer a concealed computer station which is only revealed when needed. 

If you talk to us at the early stages when planning a kitchen, we can ensure that every possible option is explored. You can see other examples in the Houzz article, ‘How to Fit a Home Office or Workstation into Your Kitchen‘.

Painted Cabinetry

Steel grey continues to be popular as a colour for painted cabinetry but the use of darker painted colours such as this ink blue for cabinetry is also a growing trend.

Offsetting the warmth of the inky blue with the lightness of the ivory wall cabinets and light grained wooden worktop ensures a balanced overall feel.

shaker kitchen blue units

At Conquest we can supply almost any colour you wish. Our designers can also advise on the use of colour in your kitchen or indeed any room of your home as part of our bespoke furniture service. You can see more of our contemporary kitchens here and you may wish to take a look at an article in House Beautiful where they explore the use of inky blues in interior design.

London apartment chic

This open plan kitchen and London apartment is practical and accessible as a home whilst being perfect for entertaining.

With wheelchair access a must, this London based couple needed their home to be stylish and practical, accessible and sociable. With cleverly designed built in storage in easy reach from a wheelchair and wide gangways that work for everyone, this stylish apartment is jam packed with thoughtful features. The apartment boasts two lounge zones one for reading and one for entertaining, a kitchen a library zone and a dining area. 

London Appartment

The couple chose to use wood tones and a warm blue to create an open plan space in this London apartment that was warm and homely whilst also being elegant and perfectly suited to entertaining.

We designed and made the kitchen and living room furniture so that the style flowed through the apartment beautifully. 

Blue bespoke kitchen

Our designs also paid close attention to the fact our customers here included a wheelchair user and so items that would require frequent access should be easy to reach without tricky manoeuvring of the chair. Our hidden pantry conceals food at an easy to reach height ensuring the apartment looks clutter free at all times.

Hidden pantry
The wood and stone flooring adds a practical finish with warm tones. The built in library adds plenty of storage for books whilst leaving sufficient space for the piano.

Built in library

You can see more of our contemporary and open plan kitchens here.