Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Kitchen

The kitchen is quite often the hub of the home, with lots of foot traffic each and every day. You cook there, quite possibly eat in there too, and sometimes just socialise with friends and family. It’s because they are used so much, that they require some maintenance and upgrades every so often.

For many people, upgrading their kitchen is a bit of a monumental task, that is going to potentially cost a lot of money. If you think that your kitchen is due an upgrade, get in touch with kitchens Bangor for a competitively priced new kitchen.  Here are some key signs to look out for that will help you decide if it’s time for a new kitchen.

Parts of the Kitchen Are Damaged

This is probably the biggest reason to upgrade your kitchen – along with it perhaps having an outdated look. Even though good-quality kitchen units, doors and appliances are reasonably sturdy, they can fall victim to daily wear and tear. They can be exposed to steam, condensation, sharp objects and heat. Even if you think it is only minor damage, those small chips in your kitchen counters or doors can have a negative impact on how the kitchen looks as a whole.

Sometimes it isn’t necessary to upgrade the whole kitchen, replacing problematic aspects such as a new kitchen door can help to rejuvenate and breathe new life into your kitchen.

Planning on Selling Your Home

Perhaps you want to move house, and you might be thinking – why should I bother upgrading my kitchen when I’m leaving anyway? Well, upgrading your kitchen can add some extra value to your property. If you’re moving into a new home that needs a bit of work doing to it, that extra money could really help.

Even doing simple things like putting in new kitchen doors can help to bring a fresh and renewed look to your kitchen.

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Running Out of Space

Storage issues making you miserable? Running out of space all the time? These are signs you might need an upgrade. Lots of people just don’t have enough storage space in their kitchens for all their appliances, utensils, food or anything else. If your work surfaces are always covered in appliances with barely any room to chop an onion, it could be time for a redesign.

Doing a good old fashioned spring clean can go some ways to help this, but a lot of the time, you can actually create more space in your kitchen with the help of an upgrade. Kitchen designers will be able to advise on how best to maximise your storage space, with lots of clever space saving techniques.

The Functionality Isn’t Working Anymore

Quite a few home-owners have been known to sacrifice an efficient and functional kitchen design in favour of something trendy. This will be great for the first few weeks, but it does get old quick. Modern kitchens can be designed to be efficient when they are designed with daily practicalities in mind.

The triangle layout is recommended if you are planning on an upgrade. This is an imaginary triangle which includes the sink, fridge and cooker at each point. This layout is great in terms of efficiency, as it means that the three most used and important sections of the kitchen are close by and can be reached easily when it comes to cooking and working.

If any of the above signs relate to your kitchen, it’s perhaps time for a kitchen refresh to bring it back to the glory days. Kitchens North Wales are always on hand to advise on your new kitchen design.

Concrete Worktops – The Unique Addition to your Home

Run-of-the-mill materials aren’t exciting designers anymore. Polished concrete worktops are on the rise; with the need for individually crafted pieces steadily increasing. The natural qualities it possesses allow for each piece to be completely individual; the subtle differences are a distinct feature.

The time of granite and quartz has come to a somewhat grinding halt; too shiny, too formal and too common. Polished concrete worktops offer an irreplaceable flair. The ability to look natural, whilst maintaining the character and encapsulating a visual texture not available from other materials.

With the other solid surfaces used in worktops, you’re stuck with that slab of material. However, with polished concrete there are endless possibilities with the decorative elements, the sky is the limit. Polished concrete worktops; they are organic, filled with human nature and ambition. Whilst other worktop surfaces promise perfection; the faults and highlights of the concrete set it apart. The individual elements create something unique.

Polished Concrete Worktop

Concrete has elevated from a mere commodity and has evolved into a distinct art form. Polished concrete provides a beautiful and contemporary substitute for architectural products and surfaces.

From the moment of design conception, each piece is lovingly created and handcrafted to the absolute highest standards. The main aim is to provide a durable, functional concrete worktop that is capable of outliving its owners.

Concrete countertops can be straight, curved, notched, and multi-level. The restrictions once applied to worktops, has no place here. The versatility offered with concrete worktops is unparalleled; designers and consumers alike all rave about concrete’s talent to become any shape and practically any colour required. The classic shiny worktop look has begun to drop off in the past few years; concrete offers a beautiful matt finish which has become increasingly popular.

Concrete Worktop

Although concrete worktops can take more maintenance than other options on the market, the end result is worth the effort. Applying a sealer regularly will aid in preserving the worktop. Even after years of heavy use, the concrete will maintain its radiant glow. However, some of the natural wear and tear can increase the colour pigmentation of the concrete, allowing a different element from the material to highlight itself.

Durable and still functional, with a hint of elegance.

The Perfect Kitchen Door

Fitted kitchens in Bangor are the perfect place to install quality home improvement innovations and modern kitchen designs. However, finding the perfect door for your brand new kitchen is not always an easy task. So here we have compiled a short list of quality kitchen door styles below to get your design cogs moving!

Lacquer

Lacquer remains one of the top choices when it comes to luxury kitchens, despite there being an advance in cheaper materials which imitate it. Its high quality and luxurious professional finish is what justifies the cost of this material. Lacquer doors have numerous coats applied to them, yet all vary from one another depending on whether they have been treated on one or both sides. However, it is not a material which is easily restored due to the multitude of colour choices available and the intense shine it provides. Incidentally, this type of door is available in matt, metallic, sating and other finishes and is scratch-resistant which provides an additional quality feature.

Laminates

Specialists know how to tell a lacquered door from a laminate one, but do you? Laminate doors’ side edges are banded with more or less discretion, however new laser band machines that manufacturers are beginning to use, make it harder to spot the difference. This is especially difficult to try and differentiate between a lacquered gloss and a high gloss laminate, where the latter has been manufactured using this new equipment. What is certain however is these materials, which are available in a variety of finishes, are resistant to abrasion and knocks, plus they are proving to be less prone to scratches than lacquer.

Polymers

Due to the manufacturing process, the edges of polymer doors are coated in such a way that they closely resemble lacquered doors. However, some say that polymers suffer from too much heat and age which makes them the less popular door type to opt for when designing your kitchen.

Acrylics

Acrylic doors are better known by some as super high gloss laminates and have the appearance of glass. The benefit to acrylic doors as opposed to lacquered for example, is they are very easy to maintain which makes for an ideal door choice for your kitchen. The downfall to this type of door however, is the range of colours available is limited. These doors are manufactured by adding a layer of acrylic film to layers of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS); a polymer thermoplastic with a good impact resistance, which is relatively rigid, lightweight and can also be moulded. They are then assembled by thermo bonding onto an MDF panel.

If you have any questions regarding the types of doors available at reliable kitchen designers in your area, then do not hesitate to get in touch with their dedicated team who are more than happy to assist with any of your queries.