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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?
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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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.