19 January 2021
Fitted kitchens are functionally designed to use every inch of space in a seamless and streamlined manner. Meeting individual wants, needs and requirements, a fitted kitchen tends to consist of a variety of kitchen storage options, along with integrated or built-in appliances.
When considering your options for a fitted kitchen, you should always start at the design stage and with a project aim. This should be a refurbishment outcome: think about what you want the works to achieve, whether that’s more storage space, a sleeker design or adding value to your property. Your overall aim will dictate what to include.
Taking measurements of the available space will determine your exact kitchen dimensions, providing you with a workable template which you can use when creating your fitted kitchen design.
Fitted kitchens can include all sorts of appliances and units, including base, wall and corner units, tall units, different styles of kitchen worktop, a breakfast bar or kitchen island, and appliances and white goods. Of course, these all vary in size, but you can read our complete guide to kitchen dimensions to find out more about the standard size of each.
Whether you’re opting for a traditional, linear or classic style, a true fitted kitchen concept should consist of a seamless and streamlined design. Considering the four key areas below will help you reach that goal.
Integrated appliances are hidden by a cupboard door matching the style of your kitchen, so the appliance isn’t visible. The most common integrated appliances are fridges, freezers, fridge/freezers and dishwashers. These differ to built-in appliances, as although these are often fitted flush with your units, the appliance itself is visible.
In order to achieve a true streamlined design, we advise integrating as many appliances as possible as this will offer a consistent flush finish.
Depending on the types of units you have incorporated, your options for appliance integration include:
- Fridge, Freezer or Combined Fridge-Freezer
- Washing Machine
- General and Recycling Waste Containers
- Induction Hob
- Downdraft Extractor
- Instant Hot Water Top
Although any chosen style can lend itself to a fitted kitchen design, it’s preferred to opt for a linear kitchen concept or a contemporary kitchen design as both of these styles favour a minimalist and streamlined finish.
Delivering the ultimate sleek design, if you decide on either of the above styles, to further enhance your chosen flat door concept we’d suggest you consider the following streamlined kitchen handle options:
> Handleless – where the handle is built into the door frame or casing.
> Inline – where there is no visible handle or mould, but spacing between the units allows access.
Our fourth and final fitted kitchen design tip is to ensure you apply a consistent colour scheme to your kitchen worktop and kitchen flooring choices.
Offering design synergy and to avoid overly blending your kitchen elements we suggest you opt for a contrasting colour for your cupboard fronts. This will help break up the floor, units and worktop while lending itself to a clean, minimalist and streamlined design.
Offering a full design and fitted kitchen service, the average cost of a fitted kitchen from ourselves is between £15,000 and £17,000.
An all-inclusive figure that typically includes a small amount of building work such as taking down a dividing wall, this cost includes the following services, products and materials:
> Full kitchen design service.
> Help, advice and guidance on all product, fixture choices and appliances from your Senior Designer.
> CAD visuals of your agreed design.
> A detailed, itemised, quotation inclusive of all works – products, sundries, labour and materials.
> Schedule your project in with our installations team following receipt of order.
> Carry out an installation survey to confirm specification and final measurements.
> Order and store all products, fixture choices and appliances ready for your project to start.
> Assign a lead fitter who will carry out all aspects of your installation
> Start the installation on the agreed date and time.
> Lay dust sheets and carpet protector film, preserving your home and minimising mess.
> Keep you in the loop every step of the way as your project progresses.
> Tidy tools and equipment at the end of each day.
> Fully project manage all aspects of the installation:
- Stage 1: Removal and disposal of existing fixtures, materials and equipment.
- Stage 2: First Fix i.e. replacing pipework, rewiring electrics, building stud walls etc.
- Stage 3: Installation of new fixtures and fittings, products, appliances and materials.
- Stage 4: Final checks including testing and certification.
- Stage 5: Sign off with customer including demonstration of new appliances.
> Once the project is complete and the customer is 100% happy we will raise the final invoice.
> We offer a 12 month guarantee on all workmanship, complimented by manufacturer warranties.
Although the average cost of a fitted kitchen from us will often fall within the higher end of the price bracket, we wholeheartedly believe that due to the service we deliver, value we offer and the level of knowledge, experience and expertise of our people and processes, this is fully justified.
Examples of our service, and finished installations, can be seen in the customer images below.
If you’re considering a new kitchen and want to explore your options for a full design and fitted kitchen service, call a friendly member of our team today. Alternatively you can book a design appointment online.