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To help with planning your dream kitchen, we thought we’d take you through what happens when you visit a Magnet showroom…
Before going into a showroom, it’s best to have an idea of the space you have to work with and your budget. Once you’re with a member of our team, they’ll talk through your ‘Wish List’ of requirements and the amount you want to spend. This usually takes around 40 minutes, as we need to be very clear about your requirements so we can design the perfect room for your needs.
Next, one of our specialist kitchen designers will carry out a home survey, taking measurements and noting any odd angles or spaces in your kitchen.
Once this has been completed, you’ll pop back in to see us so we can show you the exciting part - the 2020 images and 3D visual of your potential new kitchen! This is created as per the unique measurements of your kitchen and exact specifications – we’ll give you a printout and total costs for you to take away to consider. Of course, if there’s anything you’d like to change such as the worktop or appliance positioning, your designer can amend it at this stage.
Once everything is perfect and you’re completely happy, your kitchen will be made up. This takes between 4 and 6 weeks as each one of our kitchens is made to measure.
If you’ve chosen to have your kitchen fitted by one of our Government TrustMark approved fitters, they will carry out a pre-fit survey while the cabinets are being made to get a thorough understanding of what the job entails. If required, our installers will also remove your old kitchen before starting to fit your new one.
The last step once everything has been fitted is for your designer to give your new kitchen a final check to ensure everything is running smoothly as planned. Then we’ll give you a 15-year cabinet guarantee so you can get on and enjoy your new space!
As part of Magnet’s Smart Care service, your designer will visit your home a year after installation to conduct a thorough check and make sure your kitchen is looking and performing exactly as it should be.
Linda Parker, an expert freelance journalist who covers all homes and interiors subjects, has written a blog for Magnet on the trend for kitchens in conservatory-style extensions – read all about it below ….
For several years now, I’ve been admiring the ultra-sleek glazed extensions that house many of the latest kitchens. It’s not a style that’s for everyone – and indeed, it does need a generous budget and a back garden that will accommodate an extension, but the amount of light and space these projects bring to quite ordinary houses has to be seen to be believed (and appreciated).
I love the way that the extension opens up the house to the garden, allowing folding-sliding doors to be thrown wide open in summer so that the lines between house and garden become blurred. The fact that the resulting space usually becomes a sunny dining room, often with space for a sofa and a family chill-out area is a great concept. These kitchens usually incorporate an island unit too – which can sit between ‘kitchen’ and ‘dining/conservatory’ space, bridging the gap very neatly indeed. It also makes up for the lack of wall space which ensues when removing part of the back wall of the house and turning it into a conservatory-style extension.
Just plan the island very carefully … it’s going to be the chef’s ‘performance area’ and as such needs to accommodate a prep sink, lots of chopping space, a hob, and easy access to pan drawers and a perhaps even a waste chute and a pop-up bank of electrical sockets (for the mixer, processor, blender etc). And of course, the best thing about an island kitchen is that the chief cook and bottle washer doesn’t have to stand with his or her back to the rest of the room, but can chop and mix whilst facing guests and being part of whatever social or family occasion is happening in the rest of the kitchen-conservatory.
Linda Parker, Freelance Interiors Journalist.
Currently contributing to: Period Homes & Interiors; Good Homes; Beautiful Kitchens, The Essential Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom magazine.
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Storage is essential when designing a kitchen and requires planning to ensure the space available is used to its potential.
So, what are the hot trends this year in the storage stakes?
2013 will be the year to take storage solutions one-step further, even the smallest of kitchens can be uncluttered and stylish if space is maximised.
A low-level pan drawer is a great way to create additional surface space, whilst dedicating storage for pots and pans.
Create a kitchen island with a surrounding seating areawith a storage area underneath the sink - this innovative storage area will be perfect for keeping everyday items.
Dedicate a section within the island as a shelf to give plenty of space for storing cookery books and your favourite recipes.
Or, why not invest in a wire storage rack or plate rack to keep your kitchen accessories tidy and give a classic, industrial look.
What are your best storage tips?
THOUSANDS of Londoners walk past them every day but are blissfully unaware of their design majesty.
It is familiarity’s fault. How often do we ignore masterpieces in our own back yard because we ‘see’ them every day?
That fantastic antique tea chest in your mum’s kitchen soon becomes just an old box to childish eyes. Not because we don’t admire its beauty but simply because it is so familiar.
Londoners are guilty of this, possibly more than most because they have so many architectural diamonds in their midst.
We’re not talking about St Paul’s Cathedral, Marble Arch or Buck House here – the fact that millions of tourists flock from across the world to stand and admire these altars of architectural perfection means they are difficult to ignore.
We’re talking about something, on the surface at least, far more every day, mundane even, than that.
Ladies and gentleman, please be upstanding for one of these humble, yet astonishingly beautiful, yet largely ignored treasures - the London depot that is Stockwell Bus Garage.
Take a good, long look at its architectural beauty. Gorgeous isn’t it?
STOCKWELL BUS GARAGE
It’s a design masterpiece from another time and though stunning in the tiniest detail, is largely ignored by the thousands who walk past it and the hundreds who work in it, every day.
London’s Design Museum’s latest exhibition aims to redress that balance somewhat.
‘Lesser Known Architecture’ is an exhibition at the Design Museum, running now, which aims to celebrate a number of these forgotten structures.
Some of Britain's top architecture experts have been roped in to nominate their London favourites, from the filigree ironwork at South Kensington Tube station to the six-mile subterranean Post Office Railway and the concrete diamond exoskeleton of Welbeck Street car park.
The car park is tucked behind Selfridges and, according to Sam Jacob, director of FAT Architecture, ought to be "regarded along with other great structures occurring at the intersection of transport and architecture, such as Gilbert Scott's St Pancras, Brunel's train sheds and Grand Central Station".
Every city in the UK has a collection of these forgotten beauties.
And sometimes all we need to do to reacquaint ourselves with their beauty is look up.
Funny how the beauty we see in modern life seems strictly confined to eye-level. If only we took the time to look up, take off the blinkers on our daily commute to work, we’d realise there’s so much to enjoy no further than an arched neck away.
Along the same lines, the new strapline from Magnet, ‘Find Beauty Built In’ embraces the quality of our kitchens both externally and internally, and celebrates the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into every aspect of the kitchen from design to installation.
There’s a school of thought that says the kitchen is a room dominated by men in 2013.
While the traditional role of man as breadwinner and woman as home-maker have quite rightly changed over the decades, whoever says that the kitchen is a man-castle couldn’t be more wrong.
Even the ranks of celebrity kitchen-meisters is swollen by new ranks of top-notch female chefs these days thanks to cuisinistas like Mary Berry, Nigella Lawson and Lorraine Pascale.
As a result our kitchens style is also changing. No longer are we forced to cook and create culinary masterpieces in the kitchen equivalent of Oxford Circus. There’s so much out there now to give your work surfaces a bit of feminine glam.
The key to achieving the girly glam look in your kitchen is a mix of textures, finishes and vintage pieces juxtaposed against a modern framework.
Antique mirrors and open style shelves allowed which allow gorgeously girly collections of crockery and kitchen objet d’arts to be showcased, can make the kitchen an extension of the glamorous girliness elsewhere in your home.
There’s no need to do this…
…in order to illustrate your feminimity.
There’s some beautiful style ideas out there to draw inspiration from.
Look at this, for example…
It is girly and glamorous but still gorgeous.
It has cool, contemporary lines and looks feminine in a not-so-obvious fashion.
You don’t even have to go pink to craft that gorgeously girly, glamorous look.
We’ve come a long way from frosted black glass and chrome in the early 21st Century male kitchen.
Now’s the time to take advantage, girls.
Mismatch kitchen accessories for instant impact
Introducing bright colours has always been encouraged in interior design and it's a kitchen trend that isn't going anywhere soon- something we're very happy about!
The key to a beautifully bright home is finding the balance between quirky and quaint...Step in “mismatching”. Using alternating colours on the same furniture and fixtures automatically adds character and adds interest to your interiors. Why not try different colours for your kitchen and island cabinets? Or be bold and add alternating splashes of colour to each of your dining table chairs?
Whatever you choose to make the focal point, be sure to commit to the trend and select eye catching colours that compliment each other.
If you paint furniture in a colour that oozes the aura of an English rose then team it with a white or neutral kitchen so it has the maximum effect. Like the Gloss Cream Slab from Magnet- a simple and classic design that is the perfect backdrop for feature walls and bright furniture.
Hack your way to a happy kitchen
Revamping your kitchen doesn't mean spending a fortune on shiny new cabinets and appliances.
Hacking is a popular kitchen trend that’s cost effective and puts a personal stamp on your kitchen. Whether you're a DIY pro or new to recycling, we've come up with some hacking tips perfect for the kitchen:
1. Open your eyes and your mind
Everything has potential and multiple functions, you just need to see beyond the purpose objects are categorised into. An old rake can easily become a wine glass holder, a couple of wooden slacks can be transformed into a coffee table and a sanded down tree stump make great tablemats.
2. Hacking is about cutting costs, not corners
It may take a few attempts but persevere and you'll achieve the look you want. It's always a good idea to have a practice first so grab more wood than you expect to use or experiment on other objects first, it may take longer but the end product will be more than worth it.
3. Be yourself
No matter how 'out there' your vision is, go for it. Hacking is all about injecting personality into your home so be confident in your project and your ability. Whether it’s subtle touches like changing kitchen cabinet door handles or revamping an entire kitchen worktop, each hack is important and adds to the overall character of your kitchen.
Magnet sketches out how to use patterns in the kitchen
You don’t have to be Picasso to bring an artistic flair to your kitchen. All you need is a quirky pattern and the right fixtures to give your space an alternative edge.
The key to using patterns is clashing with confidence. Use primary colours such as red, blue and yellow that are guaranteed to make a statement especially in the form of a zigzag, geometric, spirals…Need we go on?
Here are some top ways to incorporate patterns and magic up that wow factor:
It might sound simple but investing in bright crockery will subtly inject personality into your kitchen. Pastels and patterns are more intriguing than plain plates, especially if they’re on display in a showcasing cabinet.
A feature wall is a go to trend for those who want a kitchen full of character. But why not go one step further than a block colour and create a collage of your favourite patterns and shades?
Using a variety of fabrics with different patterns is a simple but effective way to introduce colour. Cover kitchen chair seats with the fabric and team with a bold colour on the chair frame for maximum effect.
Using any of these techniques you can transform an ordinary kitchen into a masterpiece.
How to combine materials in the kitchen
With the rise of hacking and easy access to unusal and exotic materials we're spoilt for choice when it comes to decorating our kitchens.
And with this array of options comes a more open mind with interiors; we no longer have to be reginmented or uniformed, we can mix and match to our heart's content and still have a super sleek kitchen.
Using different textures, colours and shapes gives your kitchen depth and are visually appealing. It doesn't have to be a jaw dropping, state-of-the-art wall mural, it can be as simple as a wooden island paired with high gloss kitchen cabinets or a tiled floor spilling into wooden planks.
If you're working with industrial, rustic open brick walls then a contrast of high gloss cabinets will draw out the beauty even more and create a showstopping backdrop.
Simple blocks of white handle-free kitchen units are the perfect partner to showcase a statement decorative piece. Using striking materials such as marble or distressed wood in a block design will have maximum impact when used for a worktop, kitchen island or flooring.
As well as materials, introduce colour to add defiinition to your space. For example a bright, bold splashback or kitchen table in a neutral coloured room will add zest to an already interesting kitchen.
Whether you opt to mix different materials on a large scale or subtle touches throughout the space, this design technique is certain to add depth to your kitchen.
Reclaimed furniture will restore your most prized possessions
Something old, new, borrowed or blue – reclaimed furniture in the kitchen is a match made in heaven. The opportunities are endless when it comes to transforming old furniture into something completely different.
If you’re about to throw out an old filing cabinet or chest of drawers or even some scrap corrugated iron – think again. These items might not have a place in your home for their intended purpose but why not give some thought to how they could fit in?
Are you about to splash out on a new coffee table or shoe rack? There’s no need when you have the materials to do it yourself; items like old drawers or wood slacks are the perfect candidates for reclaimed furniture.
And you don’t have to restrict yourself to wood – any furniture can be transformed if you look beyond its purpose and see its potential. Take an old car seat for example, with the right treatment and creative touch it can become quirky lounge chair in your kitchen.
So the next time you have the car boot packed ready for a trip to the skip, #lookagain and see what treasure lies before you.