Everything You Need To Know About Getting Ready For Your Kitchen Renovation

At Cambridge Kitchen & Bathrooms we’ve renovated hundreds of kitchens over the years, and we completely understand that transforming such an important part of your home can feel both nerve-racking and exciting in equal measure. As a social hub and a practical area, the kitchen is a complex space that we know means a lot to you, however, you can rest assured that with 40 years of experience under our belts, your project will be in the safest hands. Our professional team will be here to guide you at every step of the way, to ensure your beautiful new kitchen lives up to your expectations and more. While our team will support you wherever you’re at on your kitchen design journey, it can help put your mind at rest to know a bit more about the process and how to prepare.

Finding Ideas & Inspiration

Embracing your creativity and exploring the amazing variety of options available to transform your kitchen can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable parts of your design journey. As you discover a fantastic range of kitchen styles, colour schemes and design ideas, you should start to get an idea of the kind of look you’d like to bring to your space. We certainly don’t expect you to have a fully formed vision, but the more information you can share with your designer (even if it’s just what you don’t like) the better placed they will be to help bring your perfect kitchen to life.

Browse The Internet- Creative databases like Houzz and Pinterest can be a great place to find inspiration, as can exploring your local kitchen company’s websites. Many magazine publications have an online presence which allows you to browse a fantastic selection of designs for free.

Visit Showrooms- Exploring a range of kitchen designs in person is the best way to visualise how they will look in your space. You might find that when you experience some of your favourite kitchen styles up close you change your mind in favour of something new.

Collate Your Ideas- Collect your design ideas as you progress and watch as your vision evolves. Working on a visual mood board will provide you with a great communication tool when it comes to your design appointment.

Planning Your Kitchen Design

As you browse a range of kitchen designs searching for visual inspiration, you will also want to start thinking about some of the practical features of your interior. The way you use your kitchen is unique to your family and lifestyle and should inform your design to ensure you maximise the use of space. At Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms, our designers will take the time to get to know you and to appreciate your practical requirements to make sure your new kitchen delivers the most functional solution. However, the more insight you can give, the more detail we can include in your bespoke design.

Review Your Current Kitchen- Imagining your new kitchen as a completely blank canvas can feel overwhelming. The best place to start is often to take a look at your existing kitchen. If you can outline how it is and isn’t meeting your current needs, you can use this as a basis to work towards finding solutions and creating a new much more successful design.

Consider Your Kitchen Layout- Your kitchen layout is one of the most important things to get right if your new interior is truly going to stand the test of time. Finding a layout that really works for you and your family is crucial to ensuring everyone can enjoy the space. This might mean incorporating several cooking zones, seating for guests, or somewhere for the kids to do homework while you prepare dinner. Being clear on how you want to use your space is key to helping your designer find the best layout for you.

Plan For The Future- On average, most of us only redesign our kitchens once every 20 years, and while we appreciate you don’t have a crystal ball, it can be worth planning your kitchen with both the present and the future in mind. Is your family likely to grow or might you need more space for entertaining as your kids get older? One thing’s for sure, you should never underestimate just how much storage you might need!

Make A Wish List- If there’s one thing your kitchen designer will definitely want to know it’s exactly what appliances you’d like to include in your design. This can have a big impact on the layout and cost of your kitchen. Creating an initial wish list gives you a great starting point as well as a point of reference should you need to prioritise certain aspects of your design further down the line.

Your First Design Appointment

At Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms, we’re always delighted to welcome new clients to our showroom to discuss their project and to explore the potential of their space. We can help offer advice and share our ideas wherever you’re at with your kitchen design journey. However, to really get the most out of your first design appointment, the more information you can share with our designers the better. This gives them the opportunity to sink their teeth into your project with a clear understanding of what you’re looking to achieve.

What To Bring

Details of the space- This can be photos and dimensions, or if your space is a new build, architect’s or builder’s plans.

Visual Inspiration- Either bring along a mood board, brochure or magazine cuttings, or screenshots of some of the kitchens that inspire your personal style.

Your Wish List- Let your designer know your practical requirements, including appliances and design features you’d like to include.

A Budget- Setting out a rough budget upfront will help your designer to get to work maximising every detail of your kitchen right away.

An Open Mind- With 40 years’ experience designing beautiful kitchens, our team will have lots of exciting and innovative ideas to share with you that you might not have considered.

What Does A Kitchen Installation Involve?

Most of your involvement in your kitchen renovation journey will be during the design stage of the project. This being said, we appreciate that the kitchen installation process can seem like a bit of a mystery. At Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms, we trust our in-house team to ensure all our installations are carried out to the highest standards with the least disruption to your home.

Your installation will take place in two stages. The first stage includes the removal of your existing kitchen and the preparation of your space. This is the messy bit and will usually involve installing services like plumbing and electrics and preparing your walls and floors. Once this is complete your kitchen can be fitted, your worktops measured up and ordered and finally, your remaining services can be connected. When it’s time for your installation, our team will explain the process clearly, making sure you understand what to expect and what is required of you. You can rest assured our team will be here to support you throughout the process.


Renovating your kitchen can seem daunting, but here at Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms our team always goes above and beyond to make sure your experience is as seamless and hassle-free as possible. Bringing your dream kitchen to life is one of the most exciting and rewarding processes and we hope that wherever you go to redesign your space, you have the most fantastic experience. If you’d like to take the first step on your kitchen design journey then why not visit our nearby showroom, or get in touch with our friendly team by calling 01223 904150 or emailing info@cambridgekitchens.co.uk.