Most of the time, the primary goal of planning a kitchen is to make the best use of very limited space. Creative thinking is needed to make the most of the often compact space, with enough storage, counter space for preparation and worktop for appliances, and ensure the layout still flows from a design point of view.

And if you’re moving into a house and are planning a radical change that involves building work, such as converting two rooms into a kitchen-diner, things begin to get more complicated. You might be looking at ways to create a space more in keeping with your lifestyle; entertaining friends and family and preparing gourmet meals.

The kitchen 'work triangle' that is needed for optimum efficiency, and the effect the new space might have on the rest of the rooms in the house, will need to be taken into consideration.

When there is often storage fitted at both base and eye level, it can be difficult to picture how the space will look just from studying 2D floor plans. When major features, such as the appliances like the cooker, fridge, sink and storage units, are being relocated, a redesigned kitchen can be even more difficult to visualise than a basic refit.

Whether you go for a u-shaped kitchen, L-shaped kitchen, centre island, galley kitchen it is essential that a new kitchen is planned carefully, using 2D and 3D diagrams. This is where online kitchen design tools come into their own, as apart from anything else, they can provide inspiration and delight.

Of course, planning and buying a new kitchen requires experts and specialist kitchen design software to plan and fit every cupboard and shelf to the last millimetre. But kitchen planning is still an important factor to consider, even when a customer is still at the house-buying stage. Prospective house buyers still need to be able to think ahead and visualise how their living spaces will look, at least in concept form, before making that all important commitment to purchase the property in the first place.


Kitchen Design Software

It's difficult enough for prospective home buyers to remember the details of all the properties they've viewed, which is why Metropix's range of floor plan solutions, 3D renderings and 'Picture Plus' software can be so useful to interact with online.

But when they're also planning to make major changes to their new home, like the redesign of a kitchen, a simple and quick online visualisation tool is essential, and here Metropix really can help.

Our 'Draw Your Own' online software can create floorplans - both existing and proposed - in a matter of minutes with minimum effort. And unlike many quick 'design my kitchen' tools, the Metropix interactive 'Space Planner' and '3D Floor Plan' features can generate a 3D image directly from a 2D floor plan. This provides the customer with a conceptual visualisation of how the new kitchen might look - not only from points within the kitchen itself but as an integral part of the home.

You don’t need to be an interior designer… Metropix can handle rooms of all shapes and sizes. And our solutions work just as well as an online kitchen planning tool as they do for the planning of any other room in a house, and the versatile functions mean that the virtual home can be visualised in a number of ways.

Using our unique PlanBank archive you will be alerted to any available previously drawn plan for the property for easy customisations.

You can sketch a plan send it to Metropix, who will produce a professional 2D floor plan instead. The free upgrade to colour floor plans, which includes icons for features and furniture, can produce an immediate representation of the customer's current and planned kitchen layouts. With its optional displays of room and area measurements, it's a great way of quantifying and representing storage space.

From there, a 3D rendering of a planned kitchen can be generated that will help bring the concept to life and give an idea of how the kitchen will work. As with any kitchen planning software, the 3D aspect allows views from different points within the planned space.

And of course, when it comes to the finer points of the planning, such as the colour scheme, furnishing and decor, the online kitchen design 3D software has a wide variety of features, colours and styles to accurately represent the final materials and look of the kitchen.


Create a Kitchen

With the Metropix suite of software, a prospective house purchaser can build a conceptual plan of their kitchen from the ground up, including any proposed structural changes to the property from their desktop. No need for architects or expensive plans, just a simple and convenient way to get a head start on your kitchen planning.

If, having purchased the property, they decide to change the layout or give the kitchen a makeover (create a “kitchen triangle”), the online kitchen design they created with the Metropix software can provide an excellent visualisation for a professional kitchen planner and fitter to take the designs to the next level and turn the concept into a reality.

That way the layout of the kitchen is pre-prepared, safe in the knowledge that the cooker, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, TV, dining table and laundry appliances chosen are going to fit!