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Tips for Buying a New Kitchen
Even though the TV (and other consumer electronics) may be in the living room, the kitchen is still the heart of most homes. This means that a good kitchen is one of the best investments you can make, not only in terms of your own personal enjoyment of your home, but also in terms of increasing its value.
With that in mind, here are three tips for buying a new kitchen.
Most people need to squeeze out every last drop of space in their home, including their kitchen. What makes kitchens different from other rooms is that they tend to have very “fixed” layouts. Most furniture and appliances have to be fixed to a wall for reasons of practicality and safety. This makes it challenging (read difficult and expensive) to put right mistakes.
Getting the design right, starts with measuring your kitchen accurately. Get (at least) two people to do the measuring separately and if there’s any difference of opinion, measure again until you are sure it is right.
The perfect kitchen is the kitchen which works perfectly for you in your real life, not the life you see on social media pictures. For example, open shelving can look wonderful if you genuinely have minimalist leanings or if, at the very least, you’re the kind of person who likes to have everything ultra-tidy even if it means you need to take extra time to perform certain tasks (like cleaning up after a meal).
If, however, you’re neither, then cupboard doors can be one of your best friends.
 Be pragmatic about where to spend and where to save
For example, sinks are plumbed-in appliances, which means that they do take work to update and they are certainly used regularly (and for all kinds of different reasons from filling kettles to washing pots and pans). In short, a sink meets all the criteria to justify a higher spend. Taps, however, can be upgraded fairly easily and so even though they are used regularly, if you need to make savings somewhere, then it can make sense to do so with the taps and then change them out later.
Similarly, kitchen cabinets typically get a lot of use and while they’re not actually plumbed in, it’s usually a bit of work to swap them out. So, it’s usually worth spending as much as you can afford on the cabinets themselves. Hardware, such as handles is, however, easy to swap out and so can be an initial save.
--TaraNeil 11:48, 19 Aug 2019 (BST)
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