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kitchen planning

hints & tips on planning & design


so you want a new kitchen huh? ...

That's it - your sick of your old kitchen and you've made the decision to buy a new one. We know that installing a new kitchen is a major decision and a major project. Careful consideration has to be taken down to the last detail, so please bear these points in mind:

  • use of dead space and storage

  • power points - have you enough?

  • gas points - location; will you need to move it?

  • lighting - this can have a dramatic effect on the overall look

  • heating - radiators, space saving plinth heaters

  • washing machine and dishwasher drainage

  • boiler

We're here to help and advise you every step of the way.

what's your style

Kitchens express style as individual as their owners. You may need guidance over styling or you may have strong ideas on what look you wish to create. TFK kitchens are designed to suit all your needs including:

  • a vast range of styles from modern contemporary to traditional classical

  • a flexible range of unit shapes and sizes to accommodate awkward areas

  • accessories that make clever use of space such as magic corners & turn-motions

  • extras such as dressers, glass units, bottle racks and pull-out ironing boards

how do you use yours?

Your lifestyle will affect your choices. We all use our kitchen in different ways. For some of us it's purely functional; the place where we cook and wash up. For others it's the most important room in the house; a place for all to gather, chat and chill out.

  • If you're a cooking enthusiast and entertain frequently, perhaps quality appliances may be as important as design features such as an island to ensure efficient cooking as well as a pleasure.

  • Perhaps you're a busy parent needing practical doors that are easily wiped and are durable enough to withstand the many top-speed impacts of bikes and trikes.

  • If you're space limited, then storage may be all important - opt for tall wall units for example, to give you extra room.

 planning your new kitchen

working triange

  • DO think of your kitchen in terms of a working triangle between the cooker, fridge and sink to limit unnecessary movement where possible.

  • DO plan a dining area if space allows. Breakfast bars are a popular and practical choice and can be designed where a normal table wouldn't fit.

  • DO think about the details that add character such as tiles, colour schemes, lighting and flooring

measuring your kitchen

If you require us to quote on a supply only basis, we'll need your room dimensions, so its important to be as accurate as possible and provide as much information as possible. Here are our guidelines to help you accurately measure your room:

  • Enlist the help of someone to hold the other end of the tape measure to ensure accurate measurements

  • Measure the whole room including doors and window frames

  • Highlight any unusual features of the room such as low/sloping ceilings, any recesses or protrusions

  • Measure the height between the floor and the window sills

  • List all the appliances that are to be kept and note their height, width and depth

  • Draw the following on your plan and include measurements where they apply:

  • mains water stop cock
  • gas supply point
  • cooker switch
  • waste pipe
  • soil stack
  • electric sockets
  • light switches
  • serving hatch
  • boiler

Download our room plan graph paper free  (Acrobat PDF format) - size 58k -> room plan graph paper


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