It’s no secret that the room people spend most of their time at home is in the kitchen. Historically, the practical reason for this was because the hearth was the centre of family life where people kept warm, cooked their food, dried their wet clothes and was the only source of light when darkness fell.

As homes became more elaborate during the Victorian era, it was highly unusual for the affluent residents of the home to step foot into the kitchen, but in order to keep up the appearance of wealth, massive kitchens with all the latest gadgets of the time were clear indicators of the status of the homeowners as belonging to high society.

Today, family life is far more casual than the uptight times at the turn of the century but we still love a large, welcoming kitchen with mod-cons that let us spend more time with each other. Each individual has their own preference when it comes to their dream kitchen. Here are some tips to consider if you are fitting a new kitchen:

1. Find a reliable kitchen fitter. Don’t decide on your fitter based on price only. As the old adage says, you get what you pay for. Do your research and check the internet for consumer complaints.

2. Keeping the basics of the kitchen simple will ensure your style of kitchen will never grow old. Opting for extremely flashy designs may mean you will need to completely replace your kitchen as styles change and evolve.

3. Don’t go overboard when choosing which appliances to install in your kitchen. Think about what are the ‘must-have’ and ‘nice to have’ items. Over-spending on unnecessary items at the onset of a refurb is the fastest way to blow your budget.

4. The most visible and most used area of the kitchen has to be the worktops. Granite worktops are the perfect material because of how durable they are as well as being aesthetically beautiful. This is where you should invest wisely, as quality granite could last a lifetime.

If you are thinking of a kitchen redesign, contact Grantech . Come pay us a visit and walk around our showroom, check out our large selection of granite kitchen worktops on display and have a cup of coffee while you browse.