Planning a Kitchen: Practical Tips for Designing Your New Space

Planning a kitchen was an important part of this extension project
(Image credit: French + Tye, c/o NOTO Architects)

Planning a kitchen can be nerve-wracking — after all, it’s often one of the largest expenses when renovating a house, and so getting a kitchen design right can feel like a daunting prospect. 

There are some key considerations that it’s important to know to get the most from the process, and these may be elements you’ve never considered if you’ve not undertaken a kitchen renovation before. 

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.