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New bungalow has a large (ish) kitchen with separate utility/dog room. Electrician wants to know the design before he comes to do the wiring. Going to get quotes from three designers. First is today from a local small specialist firm. Then we will look at places like Howdens and Magnet.

If you had a blank sheet what are your must haves and your not bothered's?

If you have researched cabinets and worktops recently what did you decide on and what is there to avoid?
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We like the idea of standing at the sink looking down the garden and being able to make a cup of tea without moving. i.e. Tap, kettle, fridge, cups and tea all within reach.
Try to stick to classic door fronts as the latest 'in vogue' colours soon fade from popularity and then the whole kitchen can look dated.
Because I did the wiring nearly all the counter plugs I put underneath the upper cupboards and behind a light pelmet. You can have lots and always add more.
Once they are 'chopped' into the tiles your stuffed.

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Kitchens are a nightmare, luckily you are at the planning stages, I would say that have as many sockets as you think you might need then add another four, at least one double on each wall, and one outside socket front and back of the house for mowers and pressure washers.

We are not long finished doing our kitchen, not enough sockets still. we went everywhere looking at kitchens and prices, the best most comprehensive range and strangely the best prices were from here, worth the trip to have a look at the quality.

It's called DIY because you can buy whatever you want, from a single door to the full monty, we re-used a lot of units just changing the doors, and added a lot more units, we even invented stuff they didn't have already.


https://www.diy-kitchens.com/kitchen...waAlXPEALw_wcB
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We have good views over open countryside from kitchen sink window and views of the garden from the other end which we think will have a table. Good idea for the sockets.

DIY Kitchens does come highly recommended on the self build forum. We have very conservative tastes so more likely to opt for a traditional style. I think so many kitchens are designed to wow friends and visitors rather than suit the people that use them. Yes they might well "sell" a house but are often the first think that people change when they move in
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We went for a shaker style in wrapped MDF in a mid gray, we looked at different styles everywhere and liked that the most.
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Our last kitchen remodel included an island unit including breakfast bar, although not an option for us then as we have a slate type stone floor tiles, I would have loved to have a power outlet point on the unit that would eliminate trailing wires to electrical items used at times on the island.

The kitchen manufacturer said he couldn’t make the island mobile, I however strengthened the underneath the base units and added heavy duty castor wheels, when in situ the plinth boards hide them and the normal unit legs bear the weight.

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We remembered the electric supply to any future island just in time!

Looking good Ray!

I like shaker style too.

First kitchen designer just been. Seemed a good guy and well used by the locals which is what we try to do too. Recommended quartz worktops from a local supplier. He is going to lower the sink units a little for me and also the island so that I can access hot pans etc with ease.
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My daughter n SIL put an island in their kitchen n it drives me mad - whatever I want is ALWAYS on the other side! However, it seems to work for them. It also has a breakfast bar at one end that I've yet to see them use!
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We remembered the electric supply to any future island just in time!

Looking good Ray!

I like shaker style too.

First kitchen designer just been. Seemed a good guy and well used by the locals which is what we try to do too. Recommended quartz worktops from a local supplier. He is going to lower the sink units a little for me and also the island so that I can access hot pans etc with ease.
Won't lower sinks make it a harder property to sell when the time comes? I like to wash up now and then, but a standard sink is too low for me, and I'm not what you call tall at 5'10'' ish.
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