Finding the Best Kitchen Design Service

Most high street specialists offer a tree design and planning service. However, some companies particularly the top-end, bespoke manufacturers, will view the plan as their own property until you have agreed to buy a kitchen from them. This means that you can only use that kitchen design if you choose that company. The planning process usually begins with a house visit to measure the room, although most at the large DIY stores will ask you to do this yourself. Then the retailer should discuss in detail what you want from the kitchen. This should include a whole series of questions to ascertain what you like and dislike about your current kitchen (if there is one), to find out about your style of life and priorities and to set the budget for the work you want done.

Of course, as well as the functional element, there will also be a question of aesthetics. What style of kitchen do you prefer? What colours, materials and decoration do you lean towards? What is the decor of the rest of your house? Have you seen or do you have any pictures of kitchens that you admire? It will help and save time if you have as many answers ready as soon as you meet with the kitchen designer, retailer or architect. A specialist is there to suggest options, offer expert advice and answer your queries or concerns, but at the end of the day it is your kitchen, and only you know what will suit you. Similarly, be wary of a specialist who doesn’t ask you any or enough relevant questions. This is the groundwork on which your future kitchen will rest and one instance where more is definitely more.

Once you and your designer have ascertained exactly what you want from your kitchen, and how it should look, the dimensions can be translated into a scaled plan, either as a hand-drawn illustration or as a computerised assimilation. Most kitchen specialists now offer CAD (computer-aided design) planning packages which give you an accurate perspective of how your finished kitchen will look, as a colour photo-realistic 3-D plan on a computer screen. As well as giving you a good idea of how the kitchen will function and look, changes can be made quickly and simply. For example, door fronts can be swapped for a different style, or wall cupboards replaced with open shelving if the room appears too cramped. Virtual reality software is also available, and allows you to ‘walk around’ your kitchen and view every perspective in simulated daylight and dusk. When you are happy with the layout you can take home a printout to consider, before making any final decisions.