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How to find a great kitchen designer

May 9, 2017

A great designer will help to unleash the potential in your kitchen. They will add style and functionality to your project to help you make the most of the space.

While most kitchen suppliers offer some form of planning, for those looking to create a bespoke kitchen, a good designer will be one of your most important choices.

Why use a kitchen designer?

It is now easy to collect plenty of ideas and inspiration on how you would like your dream kitchen to look. A kitchen designer will be able to take this vision and use their practical knowledge to make your dream a reality. Along with producing photo-realistic CAD drawings, a good designer will also be able to offer suggestions and creative ideas that you may not have considered.

To do this well, the designer will need a rough idea of your budget, what you are prepared to compromise on, and a list of your ‘must haves’. This will help to create the design for the CAD drawings. These will give you a good idea of what your kitchen could look like and form the basis for further discussion and modifications.

The very nature of a bespoke kitchen demands a personal service. Importantly, the designer will be supported in delivering your kitchen by management teams and in-house installers. This means the whole job will be project managed for you, including the supply of all the trades, such as plumbers, electricians, plasterers and lighting specialists.

A good designer will be able to advise you on the latest innovations in technology, appliances, and fittings. If, say, you want a ‘smart’ kitchen, they will be able to help you find the solution you’re looking for. If you hire an independent designer, they will be objective about brands and materials, to ensure you get the right choice for your kitchen.

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Where to look for a kitchen designer

If you have been wowed by a friend’s kitchen, ask for a recommendation. Get their honest appraisal of the quality of the work and level of service.

Perhaps you have been impressed by visiting showrooms. If that’s the case, ask to speak to previous clients and seek their advice and feedback.

If none of these options are right for you, an internet search using your location can be the answer. For example, putting bespoke kitchens in Kent into a search engine will help to locate potential designers.

Do ensure you ask lots of questions of any potential kitchen designers. Having a bespoke kitchen is a serious investment that needs careful planning. So, take your time and do not appoint a designer until you are satisfied with their credentials.

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5 things to look for in a kitchen designer

  1. Someone with experience and training – they will have learned to overcome nearly all of the common problems when designing a kitchen and be able to advise on the best solutions.
  2. Someone who shares your vision who you think you could work with – installing a new kitchen from the initial planning to the final installation is a long journey, so it’s important that you get along with your designer.
  3. Someone who offers excellent customer service – you need to ensure that if things go wrong, there will be somebody there to deal with the problem.
  4. Someone aware of ergonomics and safety concerns, especially if you have small children.
  5. Someone with up-to-date knowledge of all the building regulations and standards.

What does a good kitchen design involve?

A well designed kitchen has to balance out many different elements. A good designer will take all of these into account, including:

  • the type and amount of storage required
  • the distances between different work areas and their positions relative to each other
  • the ease of cleaning the kitchen and appliances
  • how hard wearing the different materials used are
  • the level of usage of the room
  • the different types of usage of the room
  • whether the main cook is left or right handed
  • where the lights and windows are positioned
  • how to design lighting to be both functional and stylish
  • how plumbing and electrical fixtures need to be positioned
  • how waterproofing needs to be applied
  • how the kitchen will be assembled and installed

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