How to Prepare for a Design Consultation
TURN KITCHEN DESIGN CONSULTATIONS INTO A DREAM PROCESS AND AVOID ALL THE NIGHTMARES. Before you book your kitchen design consultation there are a number of things you can do to ensure the consultation goes smoothly and effectively. If you are under prepared before meeting with the consultant the whole process could fall into a downward spiral resulting in confusion, disappointment and time wasting.
Help is at hand! With a bit of research homework under your belt, you can save time and make your design consultation easier and more productive. Kisp Kitchens Gold Coast design consultant, Brett Turéi suggests the following things you can do in advance.
1. Collect Ideas
When creating your new kitchen design gather ideas from magazines and the internet. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s also advantageous to make notes as you collect each photo. If you build up a large collection it might be difficult to remember what you liked about a particular photo in the first place.
Consider styles you like and how they will translate to the overall design/decor of your house or apartment. Magazines such as ‘Australian House & Garden’, ‘Vogue Living’, ‘Better Homes & Gardens’, ‘Belle’, and ‘Home Beautiful’ all offer exquisite photos and a wealth of suggestions from prominent designers.
The internet is a treasure trove of ideas and photos for kitchen design. For example, you might be considering ‘Coastal’ style décor for your new kitchen. Search ‘Coastal style kitchen’ on the internet and the cyber world is your oyster. You’re bound to find a few pearls amongst all the images. On a more practical level, you might search ‘black kitchen taps’ to discover a style of tap that appeals to you.
Regarding décor looks, the following internet links are very helpful in defining a number of different styles.
The nine articles on Kisk Kitchen’s website are very helpful when working out the functionality of your kitchen. However, there are still plenty of other things to think about. The best way to tackle this is to create a ‘wish list’ about functionality and all the other things that will perfect your kitchen.
Do you want any of your kitchen utensils and/or other everyday items on display or hidden away? What are some of the under sink needs? How do you want to store your chinaware? What about access and storage to such things as pots, pans, baking equipment, plastic containers, kitchen appliances etc.? How do you want to organise your cutlery drawer? You might like a tiered ‘lazy susan’ for better access to corner cabinets. For some larger items do you want cupboards or deep drawers? Then there is the pantry. Think about shelving, layout and how you want to store everything.
As you can see there is plenty to consider and I’ve only touched on a few issues. If you pay attention to details both big and small, the end result will be a new kitchen that makes you happy and fulfills all your wishes.
Think carefully about how much you want to spend on your kitchen renovation. Firstly, consider the market value of your house. Spending too much in comparison to the value of your house could mean you have overcapitalised and this will hit you hard if you ever decide to sell.
Next, how much can you afford? Be realistic so you don’t stretch your financial situation to breaking point. Be flexible. If you have your heart set on a particular whiz bang kitchen fitting but it will break the budget think about other areas where you could compromise.
How you use your kitchen should be taken into account. If you love cooking you might prefer high-end appliances with standard fittings. If the look of your kitchen is more important you might spend more on cabinets, fittings, and floors rather than on appliances.
When talking with your consultant, remember to go over the cost of every aspect of your kitchen renovation so no hidden costs suddenly rear their expensive heads. At Kisk Kitchens we all have a wealth of experience and expertise to bring to the table. We will help you navigate through all the costs of your kitchen renovation and help you get the most value for every dollar you invest.
You can find further information about how much to spend on your new kitchen on the Kisk Kitchens website under ‘Kitchen Renovations’ via the ‘Kitchens’ tab at the top of the page.
Building good rapport and a solid relationship with your kitchen design consultant will ultimately lead to a better all-round result. A good consultant will spend time listening to your wishes and ask insightful questions. Clear communication also enables the consultant to create accurate 3D renders of your proposed kitchen design. If a consultant won’t listen to you, tries to tell you what to do, or strongly disagrees with features on your wish list then start pressing the alarm bell. Working with someone like this could lead to a very unpleasant kitchen renovation experience.
Your design consultant should be someone who is with you every step of the way and not just a point-of-sale representative who passes you on to a myriad of company workers and contractors. Your consultant should be a ‘one stop shop’ for everything. For example, if you have a problem with plumbing you should be able to contact your consultant directly for resolution rather than hashing it out with the plumber. As a design consultant, I believe personalised service and good communication are paramount to a smooth and successful renovation.
5. Timeline and follow through
When it comes to the timeline of your kitchen renovation be realistic as it’s a major event. It would be great if new kitchens came from the wave of a magic wand but so far this isn’t possible. When preparing for your design consultation consider some of the following things so your expectations regarding start to finish time are reasonable.
Before anything physically begins in your house or apartment the lead-up time is usually between 6-8 weeks. After the lead-up time, make sure you’re well prepared for the disruptions that will occur while your new kitchen is being installed. Establish alternative arrangements for meals, food preparation, and storage.
Kitchen installation usually takes 5-7 business days and the process begins with the removal of your old kitchen. Next, all the kitchen components come together via a number of skilled tradespeople. Remember, kitchen renovation is a collaboration between plumbers, electricians, carpenters, cabinet fitters, stone masons, glass splashback installers, and so forth. So don’t be surprised to see many different workers passing through your door.
By following these five points and the ‘9 Key Decisions For Your New Kitchen Design’ your design consultation should flow with confidence and efficiency.
All featured images are 3D artist impressions from KISK KITCHENS.