A Kitchen for Christmas

Dec 16, 2019, 16:59 PM by Polly Buckland

Kitchens are the focal point of any home, providing an area for families to catch up, somewhere to relax while you bake or cook and be a welcoming place for guests. A kitchen renovation can be a big, costly project but as TrustMark Registered Businesses are now able to offer affordable finance options for larger projects, there’s never been a better time to design your dream kitchen.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

The first step in any kitchen renovation is to plan. Your first stop should be to speak to a TrustMark approved kitchen designer or fitter as they can provide insight into areas that you may not have already considered. 

Often, bigger companies offer design appointments which will give you a professional opinion on your space, illustrating how your kitchen can be transformed. However, smaller companies may also offer this service, so it is worth checking. 

On average, a kitchen renovation costs around £8,000, so applying for finance from one of our TrustMark businesses could help you with the overall project costs and get you closer to your dream house!

If you’re planning the renovation yourself, start with the three main appliances. The kitchen ‘work triangle’ of the oven, sink and fridge should be placed first. Plan your kitchen around your appliances, not the other way around as it’s easier to adjust cabinets around appliances than trying to find a white good or oven that fits in a specific space. 

Finally, measure, measure, measure! Take notes of every height, width, and depth, not only for the kitchen but for each unit you have. If you’ve bought new appliances or are planning to, measure these as well. 

An eye for design

As we’ve spoken about before, a kitchen can massively impact the value of your home. According to Zopa, kitchens can offer an average 51% Return On Investment (ROI) and a 10% increased value on your home. 

When designing, think about creating a timeless and neutral feel that in 20 years time will still be appealing. To bring in bold colours and statement pieces, choose replaceable items such as kettles, toasters and smaller appliances. 

A more neutral base colour on the walls, cupboards and floors is advisable, meaning that you can switch around feature pieces to make the colours change as trends change.

Get quotes

Getting a quote couldn’t be any easier. Utilising the TrustMark dashboard, you can now submit your brief, outlining your necessities and requirements for your dream kitchen. Include photos and elements of things you’d like to include and any architectural drawings. Also, add as many dimensions as possible and floor plans of the house. Speak to the builder about any more information they’d like as the more prepared they are, and the more accurate your quote will be. 

Your brief can be submitted to up to three TrustMark businesses, enabling you to receive a range of quotes promptly before then making an informed decision. Once you have received and approved your quote with your chosen builder, you can start making preparations. 

TrustMark Registered Businesses are now able to offer finance options for specific jobs. Not only can you have the peace of mind that your project meets Government Endorsed Quality Standards, if eligible you can spread the cost of work between the value of £500 and £25,000. With a competitive 9.9% APR representative and the option to spread payments over as long as 10 years, funding your next home improvement project is now easier than ever before.

During the build

During the temporary period, while work is carried out on your home, you will need to source alternative dining arrangements which could include eating at friends or families who can host you. Having a microwave or camping stove can also help and means you can prepare basic food and save money. 

Depending on your kitchen requirements, completion of work can take up to eight weeks, and it’s essential to work with your builder to understand what you can use and access and when. It is vital to plan and prepare accordingly for this length of time while remaining flexible to any potential changes. 

Show off!

Once the job is completed and you’re happy with the work carried out on your home, then a positive review, testimonial or a snap and social mention can go a long way. We wish to ensure that work carried out by our certified tradespeople is performed to the highest of standards that our customers deserve. 

Bring your dream kitchen to life in the world of social media and don’t forget to mention us and we can share it on our feed! We’d also love it if you left a review on our tradesman search once the job is complete, as it means other consumers can see work completed and other customers satisfaction. 

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