Aj Kitchen Design

Aj Kitchen Design

If you’re designing a kitchen from scratch, you’ll obviously be looking to do it exactly the way you want. You’ll be choosing colours, styles and materials that suit your tastes alone, because it’s your dream kitchen.However, unless you never plan to move, you’ll also need to consider what future occupants of your house will think of the kitchen. A new kitchen is a considerable investment, and you’ll want it to increase the value of your property rather than making it hard to sell. This is why it’s a good idea to at least bear in mind the appeal of the design to future buyers when coming up with the design.It’s also important to design a kitchen that doesn’t date, or again it could negatively affect the value or appeal of your property when it eventually goes on the market. Kitchen design trends change all the time, but there are some ways you can future-proof the space. Bear these tips in mind:Avoid brightly coloured units and embrace neutral shades. Unless you’ve absolutely got your heart set on those deep purple or avocado green doors and drawer fronts, it’s usually best to stick to relatively neutral shades. Black, white, grey and natural wood are all timeless choices, which should ensure your kitchen doesn’t date.Include colour in tiles and paint. Just because you’re bearing the future appeal of your kitchen in mind, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the colours you want. It’s best to include these in relatively inexpensive and easy to replace ways, such as tiles and wall paint. If this isn’t to someone else’s taste when you sell your home, replacing them is simple.Want something quirky? Make it portable. Just like your colourful tiles and walls, you can add in items that suit your personal taste but make sure they are easy to remove. For example, distinctive light fittings and wall art, which you can enjoy while you live there but which are easily removed for a neutral, clutter-free space.Incorporate technology, but don’t go crazy for gadgets. The problem with the latest trends in technology is that they end up being short-lived fads. By all means leave space for handy high-tech kitchen gadgets but it could be an expensive mistake to incorporate and integrate technology into the design of the kitchen itself. Last of all, go for quality in everything from the worktops to the fitting. It is perfectly possible to create a great quality kitchen without spending a fortune, and it is definitely worth doing. A kitchen that is solidly made and installed by a professional kitchen fitter will last longer and continue to look new, preventing it from looking dated. This makes your money go further, as it ensures that the cash you spend on your new kitchen now will help to boost the property’s value and appeal in the future.Looking for a perfect finish? Choose A&J Kitchens, a skilled team of professional fitters with years of experience installing all kinds of kitchens to the very highest standards.
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Aj Kitchen Design

The 2017 Houzz Kitchen Trends survey is out, revealing what nearly 3,000 participants have chosen and what they shy away from when carrying out a kitchen remodel. It may be a U.S. based study, but many of the trends are found right here in the UK too. A large number of those surveyed were between 25 and 34 years old, so this year’s survey has understandably been linked to kitchen trends among millennials. So, what do millennials want from a new kitchen? Here are just a handful of the key findings… Kitchen islands are still going strongIsland units have been popular for some time now, and the Houzz survey reveals that they still appear in at least 2 out of every 5 kitchen renovations. 49% of younger homeowners were likely to install them, along with pantry cabinets, compared to 36% of older people. Houzz’s principal economist Nino Sitchinava explained:“They are a must-have in a millennial kitchen,” “Millennials really do value that extra counter space.”Open plan spaces a top priorityJust like island units, another key trend – open plan design – is still a top priority for kitchen renovators. One of the main aims is to increase space in the kitchen, followed closely by making the kitchen a more social and family-friendly space. The survey found that 51% of new kitchen designs are open to other rooms, while 20% are open to the outdoors. Neutral tones and grey walls are on trendPeople designing new kitchens seem to be very conscious about choosing styles that will date, opting instead for softer neutrals and trendy grey shades that will stay in fashion for longer. A big part of this appeal for neutral shades is Scandi-style design which remains incredibly popular. ​Farmhouse styles are nearly as popular as contemporary looks26% of young homeowners and 24% of baby boomers prefer contemporary looks for their new kitchens, but other styles are not far behind. Modern looks were chosen by 19% of survey respondents, while farmhouse kitchens are seeing a resurgence in popularity with 14% of those included in the study. 14% of baby boomers and just 8% of millennials admitted preferring a more traditional look. Budget kitchens the top choice for younger homeownersUnsurprisingly, those aged 35 and under are twice as likely to design a kitchen with budget considerations very firmly in mind. They are also more likely to get stuck in with the DIY and fitting of a kitchen, tackling the assembly of flat-pack units and other jobs. ​However, around a third of younger homeowners splashed the cash on custom cabinetry, showing that there is a strong sense of getting the finish just right. Anyone who has ever completed a kitchen renovation will know that the finish really is everything, so it’s just not worth skimping on important element such as kitchen fitting and custom joinery. If you need expert advice and a professional fitting service, A&J Kitchens will be happy to help. ​
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Aj Kitchen Design

A new kitchen design absolutely has to work with your lifestyle, otherwise it will be a waste of time and money. Mistakes made at the planning stage, when lifestyle isn’t taken into account, can cause major headaches later on. You could even end up hating your new kitchen, because it just doesn’t work for you and your family.To prevent this from happening and to end up with your perfect kitchen, here are 7 essential questions to ask yourself before you even think about planning:​How do we use the kitchen? Observe your family’s use of your current kitchen, noting where everyone likes to sit and what they do in the kitchen. Is it a gathering/social space where everyone congregates, or do you just cook and leave?What’s our morning routine? A well designed kitchen will make mornings easier, not harder. Make a note of your morning routine, considering what you’d need to make it run just as smoothly (or more so) and what would actually slow things down.Am I a messy cook? Your style of cooking, and your attitude to the washing up, will definitely affect the layout and design of your kitchen. For example, it wouldn’t be practical to have a sink overflowing with dishes right in the centre of an island unit, and you might need to leave extra space for a bigger dishwasher.Do I use lots of workspace? If lots of family members like to get involved in the cooking, or you’re just the type of cook that leaves everything everywhere, then you’re going to need plenty of worktop space. What they say is true – you can never have too much worktop space.How much stuff do I have? If your home is bursting with gadgets, gizmos, pans and utensils, then you’ll need lots of storage space. More importantly, you’ll need lots of storage space that can be hidden away out of site and organised properly so that everything is easily accessible.How social are you? If you love to have friends round for dinner or have the whole family use the kitchen at once, then an open-plan design is probably the best option. Islands are great for encouraging socialisation if you have the space, while those wanting to keep an eye on kids will want to create a kitchen diner with views across the whole room.Which areas do I use the most? Ask a family member or friend to track you when you’re cooking, noting down the routes you use to move through the space and which areas you use the most. This will not only help you to create the most efficient layout, but will also highlight where you’ll need to put in task lighting.Once you’ve thought carefully about all of these questions and have made a start on the design, make sure to consult a specialist kitchen fitter to check that all your ideas will actually work in the space. A&J Kitchens have lots of experience fitting all kinds of kitchens into all kinds of spaces, so are perfectly placed to offer expert advice and tips.

Aj Kitchen Design

Aj Kitchen Design
Aj Kitchen Design
Aj Kitchen Design
Aj Kitchen Design