For many remodellers and renovators, a smartly-designed new kitchen is the motivation behind it all. The hub of the home and the most social space around, a well thought-out kitchen can transform your family lifestyle and way of living.

We’ve compiled the best kitchen remodels and renovations to provide you with the inspiration that will make sure you get the most out of your redesign.

1. Loft-style Cooking and Dining Areas

A great example of a remodel truly working in tandem with family life is this American-inspired kitchen-diner design. The exposed brick wall and contemporary use of space means there are no wasted areas between ‘zones’.

2. Split Level Spaces

Definition in zoning can be created by having the kitchen just a small step down from other areas like in this contemporary kitchen design. Old and new spaces are separated by steps as the living area leads down onto the garden.The modern design sits comfortably against the exposed stone walls of the 17th Century walls.

3. Moving the Rooms

contemporary concrete stainless steel kitchen

When this outdated house was remodelled, the old interior garage was replaced with a brand new light-filled kitchen. Staples of a contemporary kitchen – cement flooring and stainless steel worktops and appliances – complete the minimalist look of the cupboards.

4. Keep it Country

country style red kitchen

The sad and tired 1970s kitchen of this listed cottage was ripped out and replaced with a homely and timeless cooking area that oozes charm and suits the character of the house while still being up to date with the latest mod-cons.

5. Contemporary Design with Natural Materials

scandi style kitchen wood exposed stone

Simple lines and minimal materials give a slight nod to Scandinavian inspiration in this modernist kitchen design. The sink, tap and extractor are no-fuss while the stone, wood and glass surrounds take centre-stage.

6. Broken Plan Layout

blue kitchen with partition red fridge

After the long love affair with open plan living spaces, a new desire for semi-sectioned off areas has taken its place. This remodelled 1930s Bauhaus home uses a partition between the kitchen and living room but an interior window makes sure the space is still social.

7. Adding Appliances

contemporary orangery kitchen

High-tech appliances scattered through this orangery-style kitchen mean that while traditionally laid out, the space remains contemporary and practical. The family budgeted for the quality of appliance so fitting out their kitchen didn’t break the bank.

Technology Integration

Re-doing your kitchen is something that might only be done once every 20 years and, although we don’t recommend leaving it quite that long, when you are designing it you might want to fill it full of all the technology the fast-growing market has to offer.

From temperature-zoning wine chillers to fridges that remind you what’s nearing the end of its use-by-date — for every simple kitchen appliance that just does the job, there’s another linked to a smartphone app that will do it before you’ve even got home.

8. Bi-fold Doors

cottage kitchen with bifold doors

A favourite for installation in kitchen-diners with an exterior wall, bi-fold doors provide for a seamless finish to a modern kitchen. Matched with a unique new twisted ceiling, these doors fold beside the wall to create a truly special space.

9. Mood Lighting

spotlights in kitchen contemporary

Lighting this small kitchen inside a remodelled terrace has been cleverly installed between the built-in cabinets so no space is left dark and wasted. The warm hue of the spotlights complements the stainless steel worktop and give a homely atmosphere to the contemporary style.

10. On a Budget

grey shaker style kitchen with wooden worktops

Replacing the old 1960s kitchen units with new ones from Howdens was the most extravagant expense in this remodelled terrace house kitchen. The oak worktops were found online and the homeowners shopped around for appliances to keep costs down and the entire house was completed remodelled for just £45,000.

11. Take it Back in Time

tudor style kitchen red clay tile floor

Rather than striving for a contemporary style that could go out of date in the decade, this family chose to remodel their kitchen (and home) inspired by traditional Tudor dwellings. Beautiful natural wood worktops and a clay tile floor complete the look effortlessly.

12. Open Spaces for Natural Light

victorian terrace contemporary kitchen

Victorian terrace houses are plagued by awkward spaces and a rabbit-warren feel with little natural light but this terrace-turned-office-turned-modern home was no different. After knocking down the walls between the kitchen and old scullery – although the chimney breast remains – the natural light introduced by the rooflight flows throughout the kitchen.

Knocking Down Walls

Making the kitchen the most important room of the house is the goal for many renovators and remodellers. A social space can be maximised by having an open plan layout, but if you’re thinking about knocking down supporting interior walls, costs beyond the demolition should be taken into consideration – this by itself can make up a huge amount of a budget.

The lack of wall space also means the kitchen has to make up for the lost storage areas elsewhere. Perhaps units and larder cupboards that were previously fixed on three walls might only reside on one, and if you have free-standing furniture the lack of leaning space might disrupt how you want to present the style.

13. Double the Height, Double the Fun

double height kitchen contemporary

The bedrooms of this modernist remodel overlook the double height kitchen and living area, the wood clad upper shell becoming a feature in the social space while statement pendant lights hang low.

14. Mix and Match Materials

bar kitchen contemporary blue wall

This beautiful kitchen is not afraid of using a multitude of well-designed materials to create structure and spacing. Quirky and thought-out, this style means there is separation between the cooking space and living area in this large room. 

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