When you plan a bespoke kitchen, you will have an initial meeting with a professional kitchen designer who will be able to bring your kitchen dreams to reality. For a well-designed kitchen that gives you everything that you want, this initial meeting is important.
With this in mind, here are five tips on how to successfully plan a bespoke kitchen in your house.
1.Go in with an idea of what you wantIf you are planning on designing and having a new kitchen it is a good idea to go into the meeting with a few ideas of what you want. You don’t need to know everything for certain – your designer might give you other options of what you can do - but there are a number of things which you should consider, including:
- What you want your kitchen to be used for – will it be just cooking, or would you like your family to spend more time there? Do you have pets or small children?
- You need an idea of the kind of style that you would like – traditional, rustic, shabby chic, super modern, or steampunk.
- Any appliances that you want to incorporate – dishwashers, washing machines, smart fridges, or tumble driers.
- Any special features that you want in particular – will you need extra storage space or do you need it to be wheelchair accessible?
2.Have a clear budgetIt is important to go into the designing stage with a clear budget in mind – and to stick to it. It can be easy to get carried away when it comes to designing your dream kitchen, so by having a clear budget set out – and communicating this with your designer – you can make sure that you don’t spend more than you can afford.
3.Be prepared to change your mindAlthough it is a good idea to go into your meeting with your kitchen designer with a good idea of what you want from your kitchen, you should also be prepared to change your mind. There might be some things that you haven’t thought of, or your designer might have some different ideas that you love. Of course, it is quite possible that some of your ideas might not work.
Being flexible and willing to discuss other options is always a bonus – and you might end up with something that is even better than you imagined!
4.Have a list of questionsYou will no doubt have a lot of questions to ask – how long it will take to do, what disruption will there be to your life, and how much will it cost. You will also inevitably forget some of these questions if you don’t write them down – which can be frustrating when you are actually with the people who can answer them!
This way you can ensure that all of your questions are answered and you come away clear about what is going to happen next.
5.Take photos and room dimensionsIt is very useful to your kitchen designer to have an idea of your kitchen space – especially if you are not meeting them in your home. If you can, take the dimensions of your kitchen space and some photos of it to help them to get an idea of what they are working with. Try to collect some pictures that you have found of the kind of designs that you like. This can provide more clarity for your designer, and as it is often much easier to communicate design ideas in pictures than with words.
Designing your own kitchen is an exciting time, but to get the most out of your time with your kitchen designer it is good to be prepared. The tips above should give you a good basis of information to take into your meeting and ensure that you get the kitchen that you’ve always dreamed of.