The heart of the home

The kitchen is more than just cup­boards and work­tops. It’s the place where friends and fam­ily gather, while qual­ity ap­pli­ances help make the memories

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Plan­ning a kitchen doesn’t have to be a mine­field. Whether in­stalling or re­plac­ing ap­pli­ances, arm your­self with the right in­for­ma­tion and it’s very easy to get right.

As the hub of any home, your kitchen pro­vides the back­drop to your life, the place where fam­ily memories are made. So whether you’re plan­ning to in­stall a new cook­ing space or re­place ex­ist­ing ap­pli­ances, it’s key to make sure you do your re­search, check your mea­sure­ments, de­cide on what you want and where you want it to go, then work with a trusted sup­plier who knows ex­actly what you need from the jour­ney.

Re­mem­ber, plan­ning a kitchen isn’t just about choos­ing your cup­boards and work­tops. Equally im­por­tant is the kitchen kit you use to pre­pare the party snacks, chill the wine, cook the Sun­day roast, bake the birth­day cakes... Of course, it has to look chic – ide­ally built-in to blend with the rest of your units – but it also must be of su­pe­rior qual­ity you can rely on. So rather than fo­cus­ing solely on units, why not build your dream kitchen around the oven that can bake, roast, grill and then clean it­self? Plan in an über-stylish fridge, which not only has an in­dus­trial-luxe look, but also holds 20 sor­bets. And con­sider max­imis­ing workspace so you can in­clude a stand mixer that looks great on your work sur­face and can whip up a meringue in two min­utes flat. And don’t for­get about a dish­washer that takes care of (most of) the clear­ing up.

The friendly ex­perts at on­line elec­tri­cals re­tailer Ao.com can pro­vide all the tips you need to cre­ate the per­fect kitchen. They’ll guide you through the wide range of trusted brands stocked – from Miele, Neff and Bosch to Kitchenaid and Sam­sung – of­fer­ing ad­vice and an­swer­ing any queries to en­sure you find one that’s right for you.

Ev­ery­thing you need is avail­able on the site, whether you’re em­bark­ing on a ma­jor re­fit and are look­ing to re­search your range of op­tions or are sim­ply re­plac­ing an ex­ist­ing elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ance and wish to dou­ble check di­men­sions to en­sure it fits seam­lessly into your kitchen.

The whole process, from brows­ing to pur­chase to de­liv­ery, is sim­ple and stress­free, leav­ing you free to re­lax and en­joy your stun­ning new space.

For more in­for­ma­tion on choos­ing the right ap­pli­ance for your kitchen and for all the lat­est of­fers, visit Ao.com/built-in

Com­pe­tence stain­less-steel built-in elec­tric oven, £449, AEG

Built-in ap­pli­ances blend seam­lessly into your home, en­abling you to re­lax and en­joy your space with friends and fam­ily

Stain­less-steel gas hob, £399, Pa­tri­cia Urquiola for Leisure

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