Advice and Ideas

Your kitchen is the heart of the home. The place where your family comes together to cook, dine, relax and socialise. This arguably makes it the most important room in your house so its design deserves careful planning and meticulous attention to detail. Our designers will be there to guide you through the entire process of planning your kitchen, with the passion and industry experience to help your kitchen vision flawlessly to life. However there are a number of careful considerations you can make before or whilst working your us to make sure your finished kitchen is everything you have been dreaming of.

The How and When

The first consideration is to make before delving into your kitchen plans, is how and when you will be using your space. In many households, kitchens are no longer solely used for cooking and food preperation, with the room becoming the social hub of the home - where the family gather to relax, socialise, dine and entertain.

If you form a list of ways your kitchen is used at present, and the ways you would like to use the space after the renovation, this can help you and us, to form a clear idea of what your kitchen needs to complement your everyday life perfectly.

Main features and storage

After deciding how you want to use your kitchen, it will be clearer what designer features could be introduced to improve the functionality and aesthetic of your space.

From clever storage solutions to store away kitchen essentials, to a feature island with intergrated seating for family dining, to an impressive wine cooler or American fridge freezer - writing down your feature requirements in terms of priority will help us understand what you are looking for from your dream kitchen.


the choice of door, worksurface, appliances and finer details can all effect the price of your kitchen. It is important to enter the design process with a figure in mind that you would like to stick to, as this will help your designer to make considered suggestions that equally suit your budget, style and functional requirements.

Finer details

As it becomes clear the demands you will be placing on your new kitchen, it is time to consider the finer details you would like to incorporate in to your design. From a practical perspective, you need to consider the appliances, worksurfaces, storage solutions, sink and tap - both in terms of appearance and functionality.

You may already have a look and style in mind for your space, but it would be a great idea to collect inspiration from magazines, websites, brochures and social media, so that you can present these to your retail when expressing your wishes.


There are many factors to account for when deciding on the best kitchen layout for the dimensions you have. It is a decision that needs careful consideration, as the perfect layout will help maximise and complement your space, whilst making time in your kitchen enjoyable.

Our designers will be able to talk to you through the options for your individual space, but if you would like to help the process along, it could be helpful to sketch how you see the layout working, taking in to account the features and appliances you would like the design to include.


Lighting is no longer just a kitchen accessory, it is a necessity, offering benefits for both the practicality and aesthetic appeal of your kitchen design.

To plan lighting effectively, you will need to consider the times you use your kitchen the most, the areas you will need the best visibility - such as food preperation areas adn in dark cupboards - and whether you want to use a combination of functional, task lighting and mood/ambience lighting.



GB Building Centre offers a wide range of high-quality, rigid-built kitchens including design and either 'supply and deliver' or 'supply and fit' services. Our design service will ensure that you get a bespoke kitchen that suits your exact needs.


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