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More planning ideas to ensure you make the very best of your new kitchen refurb or extension space……

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Recently on this blog, we highlighted a range of ideas to ensure your planned kitchen extension or refurbishment offered approaches, products and good ideas to make that difference ….and so ensure your new kitchen looks good well… and, of course, copes with all your day to day needs.

 Those well-informed Real Homes experts, recently highlighted numerous ideas and suggestions of all kinds about kitchens. They point out that so many of today’s modern kitchen ideas are very much all about well-integrated features and equipment, that will bring about calm and efficiency within that new kitchen extension thus ensuring that it creates THE ideal, easy to use, day to day performance kitchen, which is a pleasure to use.

integrated features

It is, as highlighted by the Real Homes kitchen experts that modern kitchens thrive on less clutter and ever-popular, new equipment ideas and integrated features. Those worth a look for sure are add-ons, including trash pull-outs; pantry cabinets with roll trays, cookie sheet/tray dividers, and corner revolving/ cupboard swing outs. All easy to use and offering more space.. and very much worth a look to rev-up your new kitchen plans!

pull-out pantry

Bob Bakes, co-founder and head of design, Bakes & Kropp, says: 'Intelligent storage is the key to maximising kitchens of all sizes. We often integrate pull-outs, inserts, and dividers in our cabinetry in order to create the optimum amount of storage for our clients. For example, if you don’t have the square footage for a walk-in pantry, a pull-out pantry built into the cabinetry will provide a great deal of space for dry goods.'


Stephanie Pierce, director of design and trends at MasterBrand Cabinets, says: 'Hiding or integrating the appliances in the kitchen allows the space to seamlessly blend into other rooms. The modern home is evolving to maximise multifunctional room uses, so minimising distinct features of a particular space like the kitchen is certainly growing in preference.'

pull-out corner units

To optimise kitchen storage within otherwise wasted areas of your cook zone, also include intelligent pull-out corner units and a streamlined pantry unit to match the depth of the space available. Clever slide-out shelving systems make use of space in those hard-to-reach corner cabinets. Forget about having to stoop and rummage through a cabinet for that colander, grater or dish.

cumbersome pots

Pile everything neatly into drawers, instead. Dig deep when it comes to maxing out drawer storage with generous proportions that can neatly store cumbersome pots and pans, and keep countertops clutter-free. Suzie, Kitchen designer, Tom Howley, explains: ‘Deep drawers can be a welcomed feature when the pressure is on in the kitchen. If you’re storing bulky pots and pans, ensure these drawers are positioned accordingly within your cook zone..’

(Image credit: Tom Howley)

You can also even opt for graduated drawer units next to your cooker, perfect for storing lids at the top and bigger pots at the bottom. Rather than stacking heavy saucepans, opt for wider drawers to give you one readily accessible space.’ But why stop there? Also, learn here… how to organize Tupperware and food storage containers ….This is in order to achieve further ultimately well-organised kitchen goals. Choose a range of drawer sizes, from slim (for cutlery) to medium (for kitchen linens) and large (for pots and pans). Organize kitchen drawers like the experts,…..check for more here. Also, consider dividers to neatly sort pan lids, plastic containers, and cake tins.

most crucial

Reference drawer storage, so say experts at Magnet Kitchens explain: 'Drawer storage is the second most crucial factor to consider when designing your new kitchen. Be sure to include plenty of drawers for your cookware, utensils, and other items. You may want to think about including dividers to keep your items efficiently stored. 

good idea

It is also a good idea to include drawers of varying depths for extra flexibility. Again, this is where our good friend pegboard comes in handy as you can line the bottom of the drawer with the board, using dowels to separate items.

(Image credit: Clipper City House)

Kim Emery, owner, and designer, Clipper City House, says: ‘Create a magazine-worthy spice drawer that is both beautiful & functional! You can purchase glass jars and matching labels and easily transform your spices in an afternoon! Find your spices faster by alphabetising them too.

Image credit: Olive & Barr)

A handy tip in small kitchens especially, is to free up floor space with cabinets to take storage solutions ‘sky high’. Tom Howley, Design Director, says: ‘Utilising the full height of the room and the depth of the cabinets means every inch serves a purpose. We can also use smart hinges to allow the doors to be opened to 180 degrees to allow maximum reach and light, which is great for dark corners.

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all your extensions or renovation ideas and plans for 2022 including a kitchen re-vamp. We can also assist with all your 2022 and 2023 home renovation priority planning and project organisation of all kinds.

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more energy saving ‘liveability’ and increased future sales value. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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