Installing a new kitchen is a costly investment, so take some time planning and preparing beforehand.
Measure up your room and make a drawing, make sure you include doors and the direction of opening, window positions and also show where services such as water, waste pipes and electrical points are situated.
Try to be as accurate as possible when taking measurements, care at this point will save time later.
Get advice from a kitchen designer, these could be independent or in store, but could prove invaluable as they understand unit sizings and functions.
43 Jervis Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8PR
Tel: 02392 340041
156 St Augustine Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9AE
Tel: 02392 819475
BACK TO BASICS KITCHENS LTD
17 The Downsway, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 8NU
Tel: 01329 826363
92 Landguard Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9DT
Tel: 07766 108639
CREATIVE KITCHEN DESIGNS LTD
166 Haslemere Road, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9AS
Tel: 02392 833836
DESIGNER KITCHENS & INTERIORS LTD
3 Westquay House, 20 West Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0LG
Tel: 01329 828201
DREAM DOORS LTD
Unit D22, Heritage Business Park, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4BG
Tel: 02392 604630
Unit 13 Westbourne Road, Wren Centre, Emsworth, Hampshire, PO10 7SU
Tel: 01243 370000
1200 Blueprint, Dundas Spur, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5RN
Tel: 02392 651100
29-30 Landport Terrace, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2RG
Tel: 02392 828550
KITCHENS OF CHARACTER
Northwood Farm Cottage, Forestside, Rowland's Castle, Hampshire, PO9 6EG
Tel: 02392 631346
48 White Hart Lane, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 9BH
Tel: 02392 387755
KNIGHT KITCHENS AND BEDROOMS
42 Cheltenham Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO6 3PZ
Tel: 02392 649636
3 Ocean Park, Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5NP
Tel: 02392 668455
161 West Street , Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0DZ
Tel: 01329 826627
138-142 London Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 9DE
Tel: 02392 363030
Burrfields Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5NA
Tel: 02392 662261
SBS EUROPEAN KITCHENS
112 - 116 Haslemere Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 9AP
Tel: 02392 734291
WHITE ROSE KITCHENS LTD
30 Grunesien Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8QG
Tel: 02392 343059
WOODCOT FITTING SERVICES
2 Brookside, Gosport, Hampshire, PO13 0YS
Tel: 01329 516293
YOUR CHOICE KITCHENS & BEDROOMS
Pyramid Centre, Airport Service Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 5SH
Tel: 02392 663223
If you are on a tight budget consider using stock cabinets, mass produced in standard sizes, these will save you money allowing you to spend more elsewhere in the kitchen, such as on accessories or on white goods.
Think about the finishes that you want for your kitchen, in a smaller room, dark overpowering wood finishes make the room appear smaller, consider lighter finishes such as maple or cherry wood, or a light laminate finish.
Worktops cover a significant area in any kitchen and so have a great effect on the overall look of a kitchen. There is a wide range of material available for worktops, granite and marble are luxurious but expensive, laminate worktops are a practical and cheaper option, consider the pros and cons of each material in terms of finish, practicality and of course cost.
A successful kitchen design is reliant on three core items, cabinets, appliances and worktops, you need to balance the quality, look and cost of each of these to create your ideal kitchen. If you are going to use a professional kitchen designer / installation service, ask for references from previous customers, do they have photographs of previous installations, what level of guarantees or warranty do they provide?