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Well-designed kitchens 'greatly add value'

A well-designed kitchen could be the perfect solution for homeowners looking to add value to their property, it has been claimed.

Alexi Sugden, founder of interior design practice Egerton Designs, said it is worth the time, money and investment to deliver a superb kitchen in a home, as this is one of the most important rooms in the house in terms of adding resale value and also in terms of improving comfort and liveability for the occupants.

He commented: "How much time are you and your family likely to be spending in the kitchen? This will influence space planning and whether or not you will choose a table or an island, or neither.

"[On the subject of style, features] you should never have in a kitchen [include] curtains, floor mats, table lamps or clutter, put it all away in the cupboards."

All kitchens have a few basic elements which designers will have to implement - cupboards, a sink, work surfaces and appliances such as a fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine - and the outcome of kitchen renovation work will often depend upon how well these features are integrated and designed.

Those planning a kitchen overhaul should also remember the importance of lighting - an area which can have a significant impact on the overall impact of the room and can be the perfect foil for setting off unique design features, such as expensive surfaces or appliances.

According to Oliver Kearin, managing director at the Freestanding Kitchen Company, UK homeowners are presently cutting back on their budgets for kitchen refurbishment projects as a result of the ongoing financial problems being faced across the country.

Indeed, he noted that individuals who in the past may have budgeted £40,000 to £50,000 for these types of home improvement are by and large reducing the amount they spend, primarily because many banks are now more reticent about lending for this type of project. 

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