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How to plan the perfect kitchen re-fit without any stress

Creating your ideal space in the kitchen doesn’t have to be an overwhelming home renovations job (Picture: B&Q)
All great homemakers know that the kitchen is the hub of the house, whether you’re cooking, eating or entertaining.

And if you’ve always dreamed of making the perfect space for any occasion, now’s the ideal time to cook up a plan.

B&Q has all of the ingredients to create the kitchen you’ve always wanted; with a range of 25 new GoodHome kitchens with an exciting selection of cabinets, worktops and colourways to suit any style, along with a great new range of innovative appliances at affordable prices that make a new kitchen seem like an even smarter solution.

Plus, with tailored advice and tools to help you plan it down to the smallest detail, B&Q makes it easy to turn your redesign into a reality.

So take the stress out of your next improvement project, and follow our essential guide to planning the whole process.

Whether it’s a space for entertaining, preparing or eatin..

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Creating your ideal space in the kitchen doesn’t have to be an overwhelming home renovations job (Picture: B&Q)

All great homemakers know that the kitchen is the hub of the house, whether you’re cooking, eating or entertaining.

And if you’ve always dreamed of making the perfect space for any occasion, now’s the ideal time to cook up a plan.

B&Q has all of the ingredients to create the kitchen you’ve always wanted; with a range of 25 new GoodHome kitchens with an exciting selection of cabinets, worktops and colourways to suit any style, along with a great new range of innovative appliances at affordable prices that make a new kitchen seem like an even smarter solution.


Plus, with tailored advice and tools to help you plan it down to the smallest detail, B&Q makes it easy to turn your redesign into a reality.

So take the stress out of your next improvement project, and follow our essential guide to planning the whole process.

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Whether it’s a space for entertaining, preparing or eating, your kitchen should be designed to suit your needs (Picture: B&Q)

1) Look & Feel

A head full of design ideas is a great way to kick off any renovation, whether it’s colour palettes or layout inspiration, but knowing how to channel them into a space that suits your family is the way to get the re-fit just right.

Start by gathering a vision board using inspiration from B&Q’s Pinterest or interior design magazines, along with a few ideas you borrowed from your friends’ homes to get a feel for the trends you like best.

B&Q’s new Kitchen Visualiser brings the kitchen to life during the planning process, so you will get a real feel for how your new room will look before opting on your final design. And the best bit is that you can do it all from your own home. Maybe you’ll like the look of the Artemisia Kitchen (available in a choice of four shades) or something like the Garcinia Matt Stone Kitchen with integrated cupboard handles?

Whatever you choose, you’ll find something for every taste at B&Q.

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At B&Q, all of the perfect elements of your ideal kitchen are under one roof, like this stunning Artemisia Kitchen in four different shades (Picture: B&Q)
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From storage solutions to stylish fixtures and fittings, the kitchen pretty much fits itself (Picture: B&Q)

2) Functionality

One essential way to make the most efficient use of space is by drawing up a basic room sketch that includes your window placement and doors, along with the accurate measurements of your space, marking out the current position of plumbing and plug sockets.

In fact, B&Q’s entire GoodHome kitchen range has been specially designed to make everyday activities like food prep, cooking, storage, cleaning and eating as simple as possible, so there’s something that functions well for every family. Whether you’re creating extra work space with a stylish island unit like the Algiata Matt Marble Effect Chipboard & Laminate Square Edge Worktop or saving space with a nifty contraption like the Pebre Space Corner (pictured below), you’ll be able to find a solution for everything you need your dream kitchen to be.

It’s also super quick and easy to book a B&Q planning appointment either in-store, or at DIY.com, where you’ll also find a handy online guide to measuring your kitchen accurately and preparing for your appointment to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible.

Once in store, a member of B&Q’s helpful team will be ready to bring your vision to life.

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Create a space that works best for your family, at B&Q, where you’ll find this gorgeous GoodHome Alisma Design in high gloss (Picture: B&Q)
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Hidden storage solutions, like the Pebre Space Corner (above) available at B&Q, are ideal for creating additional space to suit your needs (Picture: B&Q)

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3) Finishing Touches

When it comes to the final pieces, stylish lighting, flooring and taps can make all the difference to a space. With everything under one roof, you can complete the look in one go at B&Q.

A brand new kitchen will be finished off perfectly with the GoodHome Bamia range of cooking appliances, exclusive to B&Q. The GoodHome 77cm Freezone Induction Hob with Integrated Downdraft extraction can be placed on an island unit or against a wall. Meanwhile, the GoodHome Bamia GHPY71 Integrated Oven in Dark Inox finish has a pyrolytic self-cleaning function and twin TFT touch control screens.

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Making mood boards, featuring kitchens like B&Q’s Chia design, and collecting style inspiration ahead of your design appointment will help visualise the best kitchen imaginable (Picture: B&Q)

4) Finance

If financing your project is one of your biggest considerations, planning the process carefully is the key to coming in on budget. Allow B&Q’s helpful experts to find the most versatile, sustainable and practical solutions for your family with the reassurance of a 25-year quality guarantee* on all GoodHome kitchens.

What’s more, there’s a range of flexible finance options to help you fund the whole project. There’s no need to pay a deposit upfront, even if you decide on a buy now, pay later scheme, where you go payment-free for up to a year with no interest.

Then there’s the option to make fixed monthly payments from the start of your project, allowing you to spread the cost across one to five years, or discuss an interest-free credit option** at your in-store design appointment, with information online at DIY.com

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And with energy-efficient appliance options, your new kitchen might even save you some money (Picture: B&Q)

5) Fitting

Finally, choosing the right installer for your new kitchen is just as important as picking the products, which is why there are a few simple tips to remember when completing your home re-fit.

An installer who comes highly-recommended is often a trustworthy choice for your project, whether that’s through close friends or websites that rate local tradespeople.

When approaching a potential fitter, ask them to show you pictures of similar re-fits to evaluate their experience and level of finish and before making any final decisions, it’s best to get at least three like-for-like quotes to ensure you’re getting the best deal.

Trade associations such as The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation (BiKBBI) can offer free practical guidance on choosing the right installer, and there’s great advice from B&Q online at DIY.com.

*For exclusions and full terms and conditions see diy.com. This does not affect your legal rights.
**Interest free credit: Spend £1,000 (1 year); £2,500 (2 years); £4,500 (3 years); £6,500 (4 years) or £8,500 (5 years) Interest free credit. 0%APR Representative
Buy now, pay later: Nothing to pay for 12 months when you spend £500 or more. Settle in full within 12 months and pay no interest or spread the cost over 36 months. 8.9%APR Representative
Fixed monthly payments: Spread the cost over 1 to 5 years when you spend £500 or more. 4.9%APR RepresentativeNo deposit required. B&Q Limited acts as a credit broker and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number 712268). Credit is provided exclusively by Hitachi Personal Finance, a division of Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

** For exclusions and full terms and conditions see diy.com. This does not affect your legal rights.


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