Welcome to KCS Kitchens
In this section we will feature articles on every aspect of kitchen design and installation whether it relates to a modest refit or a complete reconstruction. If you have any need for kitchen advice and we haven’t so far published an article answering your question, contact us. We’ll either feature something within days or give you free direct advice
Everyone knows that the kitchen is the heart of the home. All life revolves around it. A lot of our family socialising occurs in the kitchen for the simple reason that it’s the room where by necessity we already have to spend a large part of our time. So kitchen design, needs to reflect that fact. It’s not just about storage spaces, sinks and kitchen appliances
The kitchen needs to be able to accommodate all the family and friend related activities which occur naturally and spontaneously. It’s much easier to socialise with the neighbours regularly if you can entertain them in the kitchen whilst you get on with other things. And it’s a much more relaxed environment
We’ll help you with ideas so you can decide what you want and help you assess whether they’re achievable within your budget. If they aren’t we’ll assist you in finding something which is. We’ll also help you decide whether it’s worth paying for professional kitchen advice.
Most importantly we’ll help and encourage you to focus your kitchen design around your own lifestyle. We see kitchens on TV which look fantastic. Many TV dramas and nearly all (it appears) sit coms are set in the kitchen. We replicate them in our own homes at great cost only to find that although they still look fantastic we’re not so comfortable with them. They simply don’t fit in with our way of life.
We’ll show you how to create a kitchen design which avoids looking too cluttered and takes advantage of lighting options. Given that most of us are accompanied in the kitchen by friends and family a good deal of the time we shouldn’t forget acoustics, If you really want your kitchen to be the heart of the home the right kitchen advice may be to install a kitchen diner, but to achieve that, if you don’t already have the right layout, you’ll need to link up with our other sections to coordinate a more extensive project. But it may well be worth it. Many dining rooms are hardly ever used and an open plan kitchen/diner may be a better option by far. We can show you how to plan the layout so you still maintain the integrity of the dining part as a separate venue for guests or for the children to do their homework.
For the same reason (some single people only use their living room when they have guests around) the best kitchen advice might be to consider incorporating the kitchen into the living room itself and create a single living area/kitchen space. This type of arrangement can make a small flat appear far more spacious than it really is. It might only involve taking down the partition wall separating the kitchen and living room and putting a breakfast bar in its place, Once you’ve decided on your kitchen design you’ll need guidance on how to make it happen. We’ll be offering advice on installation of all the main features and explaining how to manage a project where you get the individual tradesmen in to do each part of the job. This, on the face of it, is a relatively simple process, but it’s still something you have to think about. Who for example should arrive first, the plumber or the electrician.