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Updated: Jun 26, 2020

At a time where we are housebound, this doesn’t have to mean you are cut off from the norm of everyday life.

While physical contact is limited, something that this pandemic has taught us, is that modern communication does keep us connected and able to interact, to a certain degree, as usual. While travel and activities are now limited, it doesn’t mean you can’t plan for the future. So, while you are spending plenty of time within your home, perhaps now is the ideal time to think about the renovations and improvements you can be making.

Even though the showroom is now shut, this doesn’t mean you can’t talk to the System Six Showroom team about your project. What’s more, there is plenty of opportunity for you to get fully prepared to chat with the team about your requirements.

To help you get started on your new project, whether it be a new kitchen or fitted bedroom, we have outlined a number of steps you can take to get your kitchen design started - both independently, and by chatting with the team.

1. Research

This is the start of any project, have a look online for inspiration and ideas. Find out what you do like and what you don’t, and pull together colour schemes that you feel would work in your home and alongside your style. From this, the team will be able to create a kitchen design and make suggestions in line with the aesthetic you’d like to create.

2. Request a brochure

We may not always be able to send out a hard copy of our brochure, but you will always have access to a PDF version - all you have to do is ask. If you’d like to see door styles featured within these brochures in more detail, please get in touch, and we’ll be able to provide more images upon request. Once you’ve decided on some door styles you like the look of, visit of our worktop suppliers websites for inspiration. We source lots of our stone worktops from Steve Bristow Stone Masonry, many of our wooden worktops from Spekva, and laminate worktops from IDS. To find out more about these brands and to browse the worktop options available, scroll to the links below.

3. Measure up your space

If you measure the room you want your kitchen to go in, this will help our designers understand what they’re working with. This can help them create a kitchen design that is tailored to the size and layout of your home. If you aren’t sure what measurements you need, just ask a designer, who will be able to talk you through what you need to do to provide accurate measurements.

4. Consider how you currently use your kitchen

We recommend making a list so you can add to it regularly, whether you’ve come up with what you like about it or what you’d like changed. For example, think of things like; does your electric hob drive you up the wall? Do you not have enough storage, or is your storage just managed inefficiently? Is your extractor fan at an awkward height for you? All of these things, and many more, are points we can bear in mind when creating your design. Our goal isn’t to just make you a pretty design, it’s as much about practicality as much as anything else.

5. Consider your budget

Budget may be an awkward subject, however, by us knowing what you’d like to spend can help us provide you with realistic suggestions of what you can have in your kitchen without going over budget.

6. Think about when you’d like your new kitchen

Are you flexible as to when you’d like your new kitchen, or do you need to tie this in with other work? Are you having an extension put on your house, or are you repainting and putting down new flooring at the same time? These are all things to consider.

7. Plan for the future

Real wood worktops may seem like a great option now (who wouldn’t want a natural finish that only improves with age?), however there is lots of upkeep required for real wood surfaces such as these. They are required to be oiled regularly, and, are less resistant to being marked than stone worktops or laminate options.

8. Project management and subcontractors

A standard part of getting a new kitchen or bedroom from System Six is also having the project coordinated and managed by your designer. While this is something we offer at no extra cost, it doesn’t mean you have to take it on board. You have the option of receiving a supply only kitchen, which means you can choose to organise the whole process yourself. Think over whether this is something you want to organise, or whether you’d prefer to leave it in the hands of your designer. This also applies to subcontractors. You can opt for a fitter and other tradespeople recommended by your designer, or you can choose to employ a tradesperson you’ve found yourself. Really, it’s completely up to you.

While the System Six showroom may not be currently functional, our staff are. They are on hand to assist you through every step of the journey. While many people’s everyday lives are put on hold, this can be a time of planning and reflection of how you and your family operate within your home. Talk with the team and begin your project today.