Before you start planning a new kitchen, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to update your current kitchen or start totally fresh. Look at what you already have, what you like and don’t like, and what you want to remove, move or keep.

If the kitchen layout works, only change it if you can see it will bring a real benefit. Bear in mind that if you’re planning on moving, totally updating your kitchen might not add value; many buyers want to put their own stamp on a place and won’t want to change a new kitchen. Kitchen design ideas If you want an entirely new kitchen, think about the layout and how you use your current kitchen. Ask yourself these questions: What elements do you want to be close to together, such as the fridge and cooking station, so you don’t have to make too many trips around the kitchen?

Where will you want most worktop space? Next to the hob and oven? How much storage do you need? Think about whether you need more than you currently have and what you need to store.

Do you use your kitchen for dinner parties or do you have kids to accommodate? Do you therefore need space for a table or for someone to sit to talk to you while you cook?  Where do you want to keep the utensils and dinnerware that you use most? Do you have a lot of gadgets, and will you want these out, so you can use them quickly, or stored away? What appliances do you want, and will there be room for them? For example, you may want an American-style fridge freezer instead of a slimmer fridge. Thinking about how you use your current kitchen, and how you want to use the new one, will help ensure that your day-to-day needs aren’t overlooked in the planning process. You then need to look at the constraints in your kitchen, such as size and the positions of doors, windows and sockets.

If you have any questions regarding property renovations, please contact Pelin Martin on 0208 994 7327 or on pm@bluecrystallondon.co.uk – www.bluecrystallondon.co.uk