Baileybridge can provide any style of kitchen across a variety of budgets. These include:
- Off-the-shelf kitchens at an entry level price range
- Off-the-shelf kitchens of a higher price range
- Off-the-shelf kitchens where we carry out bespoke work to enhance their style
- Bespoke kitchens where we make them entirely to your design in our workshop
Why not get in contact with us with your ideas for your project and see if we can help.
How do we approach the design of your kitchen?
When starting a kitchen refurbishment there is usually one of two approaches we take to understanding the initial style. Sometimes Clients approach us with pictures of the type of kitchen they want and will perhaps ask us to copy the island area from one and the stove arrangement from another etc. Others will not really know what they want and we will provide pictures of different kitchens we have created and ask them to tell us which they really like, which they really do not like and the specific things from each that they wish to have.
We discuss the appliances and content the Client requires and prompt them with suggestions. We advise on the pros and cons to certain approaches – a high level oven versus a low level oven or a range, a normal tap versus a ‘kettle’ tap or filter/sparkling water tap, granite versus quartz versus wooden worktops, a ceiling or wall mounted extractor, visible or hidden, or a down draft extractor, tiles versus wooden flooring etc.
Choices and style are personal, but quite often a Client might like the look of something and then when we prompt them with the pros and cons of the item they may change their mind. In the case of a wooden floor for example – ‘how will you feel if this scratches?’ – quite often the Client will not have thought of that and their response is ‘I would be really upset’ so we may facilitate the change from their initial idea into something more suitable, such as tiles or Karndean?
Lighting plays a very large part in the styling of any room and unless you are experienced with lighting design and up to date with what is available, you may be unsure about how to tackle this. Do you like the kitchen to be very bright, or not very bright? Typically the answer is ‘both’ depending on what time of day, where in the kitchen and which task is being carried out.
We often provide LED downlights, sometimes directional to shine into a cupboard or potentially dark corner, sometimes fixed to provide an equal light to the space below it. We usually fit downlights to a dimmer switch and we will often put kitchen lights on multiple circuits so these can be turned off or dimmed in isolation to others.
Frequently we provide pendant lights over islands or dining areas which can again be separately switched and dimmed. Under wall unit lighting can be very useful as well as providing subtle restful light if the ceiling lights are dimmed or turned off. Plinth, skirting or low level wall lighting gives a very sophisticated look and this is a relatively inexpensive way of adding drama and ambiance to a room.
Careful consideration needs to be given to how you want to use your kitchen and we can help with this. However large or small the space, it should be organised so that activities can be grouped – the stove, fridge and sink along with usable worktop is perhaps the most important zone. Then there can be zones for preparation and baking, beverage making, wine storage, dining, entertaining, doing homework etc. If you do not have the luxury of a separate utility room, a zone for washing and drying clothes may be required, as might a zone for charging phones and laptops etc.
More and more we are building and renovating homes to enlarge the kitchen into a wider floorplan to incorporate seating and play areas, in order to provide the main family space.
Once we have a good idea of what we are trying to achieve we will provide a CAD drawing of the proposed kitchen. Often these can be quite accurate with our first attempt, but even if they are not, they enable Clients to see their proposed kitchen in a way that makes it ‘real’ and then they can fine tune its design and layout.
How do we build a kitchen?
Much of the work is in getting the room ready for the kitchen to be installed. Once the basic space is created and often we are building this or creating it from knocking multiple rooms into one, it requires the following:-
- The electrics to be in place (1st fix)
- The plumbing and drainage to be in place (1st fix)
- The plastering to be completed and emulsioned
- The woodwork to be fitted and painted, possible with the exception of the skirting which might need to fit around the kitchen
- The floor should be leveled (if you combine rooms the floors are never the same level)
- The finished floor is installed (sometimes we do this after fitting the kitchen depending on the floor type)
- Then we fit the kitchen and 2nd fix the electrics and plumbing.
Below is a kitchen during its installation and afterwards.