Questions everyone asks about buying a kitchen

Ok, you want a new kitchen. You know where you want to buy it. What questions should you be asking in order to ensure that you get what you want, not what the showroom salesperson wants to sell you?

Will my dinner plates fit in to the wall cupboards?

Yes, as all our wall units have a minimum depth behind the door of 33cm, however not all manufacturers offer wall units this deep as standard.

There is always some dead space in the corner, how can I use it more effectively?

There are a number of different options for corner units now, whether it’s a half moon carousel, the swing out “Le Mans” shelves or the most efficient being the “magic corners”.

I am tall and always banging my head on the cooker hood, is there an alternative for me?

The height of the extractor is determined by safety regulations and how efficiently they will operate, however there are many designs which would help, such as an angled wall extractor, the new ceiling extractors or if your hob is on an island there is the option of a downdraft extractor which sits in the work-surface.

Have I got room for an island unit in my kitchen?

A good sized island in the kitchen can give a very convenient preparation area, as well as making a big design impact, however it is important to ensure you have enough room to move around in; we usually work to about a metre clearance as a rule of thumb. If it doesn’t work for you, there are other options such as having a peninsular, which can give a similar impact.

What is an Induction hob?

Induction hobs work much more quickly than ceramic and are very easy to control. They use an electromagnetic field to heat the pan, so they are far more efficient and there is little residual heat once the pan is removed from the hob. You will need to ensure your pans are made from a ferrous metal. The easiest way to check is to try a magnet on the bottom, if it sticks the pan should work. Why not come in and see our demonstration model in action?

What is the benefit of steam cooking?

Steam cooking has become very popular, as it is one of the healthiest ways of cooking food. You do not need to use any fats and it retains all the natural goodness in the vegetables. They are great for defrosting food or even reheating food, as the moisture is retained. The new combi-steam ovens combine steam and conventional cooking at the same time, giving great results.

Isn’t granite the best work-surface, as it’s indestructible?

Granite is a very durable and attractive work-surface, but it will contain natural imperfections and it is also porous, so can stain. There are many other alternatives which will look good and last, such as quartz – Silestone or Caesarstone (manufactured stone), Corian solid surface or even laminate, which has seen a resurgence with all the different finishes and edges now available. Whatever surface you choose, we would always recommend using a trivet for hot pans, as all surfaces can be damaged by mis-use.

Can I get accessories for my kitchen?

Yes, co-ordinated accessories are available for all our kitchens, whether it be cutlery liners, anti-slip mats, plate racks or any other fittings you can think of. All are tailored to fit exactly with your kitchen. We often suggest to customers who are unsure, that they start using their kitchen before deciding on what accessories they want. It’s easy to add them afterwards.

With the rising energy costs, I want to ensure our kitchen is as energy efficient as possible?

All the quality appliance manufacturers are focussing on producing more and more efficient appliances, for example many fridges are at least A+ rating, some even A++, which means lower running costs and the ability to store fresh food for longer. LED lighting is now available through-out the kitchen which uses a fraction of the power of halogen lights. All these factors can be built in to the design of the kitchen as an investment for the future.

We want a tiled floor in the kitchen but are worried about it being cold in winter?

A tiled floor is very practical in a kitchen, but they need not be cold. You can easily install under-floor heating which is thermostatically controlled to your own preference. If you don’t have sufficient depth, then a plinth heater can be a convenient alternative.