White kitchens have been popular in both traditional and contemporary designs for many years, and we don’t see any signs of this slowing down. They are neutral, clean and work well with a splash of colour from appliances or feature walls.
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Painted cupboard doors mean you can have you can have your Conquest kitchen in almost any colour you wish. In addition to white continuing to be a popular choice of colour, being clean and natural, forest green is on trend for 2018. The colour works well with traditional style kitchens, bringing the outdoor living indoors.
Over the years we have seen less wooden worktops requested at design and installed. Many customers now opt for natural materials such as granite, marble or stone. With timber worktops requiring regular oiling and being susceptible to water stain, people are drawn to an easy to maintain surface.
Over the years kitchens can accumulate miscellaneous clutter – often being a primary motivator to built-in cabinets, organisers, pan drawers and pull out waste bins. Reducing clutter with suitable storage can make a significant difference to how you use and enjoy your kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of the home with an open planned kitchen/dining room desired by many homeowners. Entertaining friends and family in an open plan kitchen brings everybody together. You no longer have to leave your guests in another room whilst you continue to prepare food in the kitchen and balance entertaining in the dining.
Adapting to the future is something many of our customers consider before the design process. Renovating a kitchen with technology in mind is often at the forefront of kitchen designs, such as concealed cabling, smart technology and automation.
In the past, an induction hob hasn’t had the best reputation for cooking, with opinions of not being able to control the heat as well as gas. The report shows that 41% of homeowners surveyed selected an induction hob, 29% gas and the remaining upgrading to a gas/electric combination hob.
The 2018 Houzz kitchen trends study reveals some interesting insights, from what makes homeowners decide to change their kitchen through to their preferred appliance upgrades. The research shows that 40% of all people asked about their motivation for a kitchen renovation, say that is tied to their having recently purchased their home and are looking to personalise it, while 33% had lived in their home for a number of years and now have the means to renovate.
New 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!
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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.
Our 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.
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‘.