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Whatwouldagoodmotherdo Thu 11-Jan-18 13:51:23

am planning my new kitchen and am very interested in your views. What would you have to have, what would you avoid? Not talking the fact I need sink, cooker etc, but really interested in what you did that worked, what you did that didnt work, what utensils or clever tricks you would not be without.... hive mind of mumsnet, please help me

keely79 Thu 11-Jan-18 13:55:33

My favourite thing in my kitchen is the drawer units for plates and cutlery - which is in the island directly opposite the dishwasher (with the mugs in a cupboard above the dishwasher). Makes unloading very easy.

Whatwouldagoodmotherdo Thu 11-Jan-18 14:49:56

thanks keely79. Are the drawers the very large ones or more usual size? Am a bit worried the very big ones might not take the weight of plates etc for too long

whiskyowl Thu 11-Jan-18 15:02:01

There are quite a few previous threads on this topic. To sum up

- everyone loves drawers
- half of Mumsnet loves boiling water taps, the other half is meh about them
- quartz and granite get a thumbs up for worktops, laminate gets a thumbs down, marble divides people down the middle
- good fitting is generally agreed to be 110% important
- everyone seems to love navy blue smile

Whatwouldagoodmotherdo Thu 11-Jan-18 15:31:27

ooh thanks. But I am a bit confused. Am also a bit meh about the taps which seem to come in at £1K and that seems a lot for what they do. But why thumbs down for laminates? It seems to be more durable from all I have read. Any views on what inserts into cupboards / swivels/ pull outs? Anything to avoid at all costs?

Barmymammy Thu 11-Jan-18 15:36:41

The things I really love about my new kitchen:

Plenty of worktops, with hob, oven, sink and fridge all very close;

Great lighting, you really need lots of light over your worktops;

Built in dishwasher;

Large built in fridge;

Corner unit with swivel pull out section;

keely79 Thu 11-Jan-18 16:13:06

Fairly big drawers - one fits 8 plates, 8 bowls, 8 pasta plates. No issue with weight

tentative3 Thu 11-Jan-18 16:16:15

We had laminate in our previous kitchen, chosen by us and much loved. It was wood effect laminate. Have previously had real wood and whilst it looks amazing the maintenance really put us off. Admittedly it was already in poor nick when it became ours so perhaps you can stop it getting like that but it put me off for life.

I know that granite and quartz are very desirable and we have granite in our new house but I don't like it. Or marble. I did see a corian worktop I didn't mind the other day, but it looked more like concrete than anything else.

It's a tricky one - we need to keep resale in mind so will probably not go laminate given than people don't seem to like it but if i was doing a kitchen in a house I didn't have any plans to sell I'd seriously consider it.

Anyway, we had very wide and pretty deep pan drawers in our old kitchen and they were still in perfect condition after 4 years, I'd certainly have them again. Personally I like quite clean lines in a kitchen and we managed in our old one to have one wall of floor to ceiling cabinets and the rest just base units. I know they can't always be avoided but I don't much like cupboards above the work surface.

SunnySomer Thu 11-Jan-18 16:19:37

I don’t whether you have any flexibility about layout, but if you do, think about it carefully. My inherited kitchen has a cooker which is on the opposite side of the room to everything else so you have to carry hot pans right across the room to drain them. Would be a nightmare with a toddler or dog underfoot.
I have a perhaps daft loathing for high wall cupboards because I feel they block light from work surfaces.

SunnySomer Thu 11-Jan-18 16:20:52

Oh Tentative - thought it was just me!

whiskyowl Thu 11-Jan-18 16:25:52

I gather from the builder (currently fitting my new kitchen) that laminates have changed somewhat in recent years. The surface layer on many of them is thinner and less durable than it used to be. They are still lower maintenance than wood, though, and I'm hoping they still have some robustness because I just put wood effect laminate in my utility! smile Corian is supposed to scratch/stain quite badly if you are not careful. There is a new super-tough material on the market which is tougher than stone, but I can't remember the name of it! It's hugely expensive.

I don't like granite either, there's something about the visible texture of it I don't like, but I do like the uniformity of quartz.

OrangeCatnip Thu 11-Jan-18 16:38:15

Spend money on the details rather then the all the units which often look the same whether they are from John Lewis or Ikea! My units are ikea my tops were bought online and fitted by our builder. we splashed out on a really efficiant fridge, underfloor heating and spent a bucket load on the handglazed tiles. overall probably still cheaper then going to bnq for everything and i got exactly what i wanted.

Would double and triple recommend electric underfloor heating our costs basically nothing to run and keeps the tiles from being cold. it also acts as a big slow radiator for the whole house. it only cost about 300-400 too and we didn't need to waste kitchen space with a radiator.

I love wooden tops and have them in my kitchen but would not recommend them to anyone else. Best surface is a good quality man made stone. granite looks great but i have seen far too many ruined by food acid. Laminates tend not to be heat resistant so mark.

I grew up in a kitchen where the dishwasher was raised to knee height as part of the floor to ceiling cupboards and oh my god, how i wish i had done the same for my kitchen since. instead i opted for a raised oven but if you think about it you would do far more bending for a dishwasher then an oven.

We also had the one that has the third level at the top to put cutlery, i would recommend that!!

StillSmallVoice Thu 11-Jan-18 17:07:30

I have bins inside a cupboard unit which is great because it keeps the mess out of sight. I also have a big fridge with water and ice, and love the unlimited supply of cold filtered water.

OverByYer Thu 11-Jan-18 17:11:24

If you can’t stretch to granite or Corian worktops, check out Minerva.
I’ve just had that installed and it looks great.
A good fitter is a must.
I’ve got a big American fridge with a larder unit surround which I love.

LagoDiComo Thu 11-Jan-18 17:49:47

If it will fit your look then I'd really recommend an induction hob. It's as responsive as gas but a lot easier to keep clean. I think task lighting makes a big difference and I would plan out where you intend to keep everything so you don't find your plate cupboard/drawer and your dishwasher miles apart. If you have the luxury it's also nice not to cram all the walls with upper units as this can make it feel crowded.

OverByYer Thu 11-Jan-18 18:00:08

Yes I’ve got no wall units, looks sleek. And glass splash backs instead of tiles.

thegrumpallo Thu 11-Jan-18 19:21:49

I hate corners in kitchens, so when we had ours done I asked the builders to fit a full length corner 'pantry'... I absolutely love it. my kitchen is not very big and this has maximised space that would otherwise always have been under-utilised.

thegrumpallo Thu 11-Jan-18 19:23:32

similar to this:

thegrumpallo Thu 11-Jan-18 19:24:40

trying again:

Whatwouldagoodmotherdo Thu 11-Jan-18 21:01:59

thanks so much everyone this is brilliant. I really appreciate it. Adding to my questions while I am here. Induction hobs look great but I have one at the moment and when anything boils over it leaks into the drawers below/ over the surface. Does anyone else ever have this problem and if so any solutions? I cant be the only inattentive cook in the world?

MiaowTheCat Fri 12-Jan-18 07:56:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bowerbird5 Fri 12-Jan-18 08:27:07

Some great points I am also planning a new kitchen. Main plans done just need to tweak it.
Has anyone had wooden worktops? Drawbacks? I like the look of wood and we have a pine dresser in there so it would tie in. Just not sure about durability.

thegrumpallo Fri 12-Jan-18 09:46:53

we have wooden worktops. i love it, but it's maintenance (which i've not kept up with- they need regular oiling). i prefer a more 'rustic' look in kitchens so the wooden worktops tie in well, but i think in a more polished/highly finished look it would probably be a nightmare.

Ramona75 Fri 12-Jan-18 14:29:25

Definitely go with big wide pan drawers and as may as possible. Beats climbing into cupboards!

OverByYer Fri 12-Jan-18 16:49:12

I was tempted by an induction hob but went for a gas on glass instead and I’m really pleased with it

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