23 Oct How to get the most value out of your kitchen design consultation
If you’re ready to plan your new kitchen, we’re going to talk you through how to get the most value out of your kitchen design consultation. This is where the real fun begins, and all your ideas start to become a reality. To help you get the most out of your appointment, we’ve picked Debbi’s brain for a few tips on what to expect.
Key questions to think about:
What are your frustrations with the current kitchen?
If you’ve had your current kitchen for a long time or have just moved and inherited a kitchen, you probably have a list of things you want to change. Perhaps you don’t have deep enough drawers for your pots and pans. Or a corner cupboard where you can’t reach anything. Or there’s not enough worktop area, or maybe your kitchen doesn’t feel light enough.
Whatever it is, this is the time to tell us about it! Look at your kitchen with your designer and point out your frustrations and challenges with the kitchen in its current format, then let us take care of the problem-solving.
What styles do you like?
Do you have a sense of what kitchen style you want? Traditional, classic, contemporary, handleless? If you do, that’s great; tell us about it!
But it’s fine if you don’t have it clear in your mind yet. Show us the images, schemes and features that have been resonating with you during your research. We’ll be able to help you see the commonality in the images you’ve chosen and help you narrow down the right style and colour scheme for you.
A Pinterest page is the perfect way to capture all your ideas, just share the link with us, and we can use it as a reference point throughout the design process. It will give us a great insight into the colours, styles and textures that are inspiring you.
What’s on your wishlist?
This is the time to tell us about your wishlist. What are the priorities for you in the new kitchen? Is it a place to eat together as a family? To have a prep sink and washing-up sink? A breakfast bar? A range cooker? A Quooker tap? A wine fridge? What are you dreaming of having in the new kitchen?
It’s also a useful exercise to separate your wishlist into must-haves and the nice-to-haves; then we’re putting your design together, we know what you’re absolute priorities are for the new kitchen.
In-home or in the showroom?
It is really helpful for the first consultation to be onsite so that we can look at the space or existing kitchen with you. In addition to discussing your plans and ideas for a new kitchen, we’ll also measure the space.
If the kitchen is part of a new extension and the space is not built yet, don’t worry, bring the architect’s plans to the showroom, and we’ll do the first appointment there.
We can also offer video calls if required, get in touch using the links below, and we’ll talk you through the process and how to prepare for a video call appointment.
Ready for a fresh perspective?
One of the obvious benefits of having an experienced designer onsite to discuss your new kitchen is the fresh perspective they will have of your space. Often when you’re living in a space, you can’t imagine it any other way than how you’ve been using it. The doors, layout and positions of furniture can all feel set in stone.
That’s where our fresh eyes come in. We can see the full potential of a room and how it might be possible to maximise your light and space with a simple change of layout.
Ready to talk about your budget?
Some customers are uncomfortable discussing budget too early in a conversation with a designer, but we recommend talking openly in your first consultation. We like to have this conversation with clients early on to ensure we give you the best possible advice during our consultation and design process.
Understanding & comparing quotes
Often, clients like to speak to a couple of kitchen designers to compare prices and designs. This is always a good idea and an important part of your research, but when it comes to comparing costs, be careful to compare like with like. You’ll find that some designers will issue you a quote for the full project (like us) and some will only quote you for the furniture, some will quote without installation, and some will break it down in other ways. Carefully check your quotes to see what is included and what is not, and always get clarity if you’re not sure.
Ready to book your design consultation? Great! Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01342 313133. Still putting your wishlist together? Head to our Projects and Gallery pages to get some real home inspiration.