Anyone thinking of a new kitchen renovation needs to consider the importance of design. All our Kitchen Designers have been designing kitchens for over 20 years so they understand the kitchen design process. We asked our Kitchen Designers some questions so you can gain some insights into design.
Where to start when designing a new kitchen?
First logical step is to ask the customer a series of questions is to ascertain their needs. For example, “why are they renovating their kitchen”, “what do they like and dislike in their existing kitchen” etc. They might say they don’t have enough storage, don’t like the benchtops, cupboards are old and falling apart. The initial discussion is all about solutions for their new kitchen this is critical to listen and identify their needs.
The next important stage – “what is your budget”. Throughout the design process, this is top of mind so the design can match the budget. This is often the hardest question for the customers to answer, however it is important to meet expectations. No use in designing a state of the art, luxury, expensive kitchen if it is a rental property and not their main daily place of residence. The kitchen purchase is a long-term benefit so the budget needs to reflect this.
What is important for customers in kitchens?
Time and time again it is quality and design. A kitchen is one of the most important decisions for any homeowner. It is the heart of the home and where a lot of time is spent – critical to get it right. The quality of the components need to stand up to rigorous daily workouts and the quality needs to last for the test of time. The design, on the other hand, needs to be right for the family needs. The kitchen will be in the home for 10 years or more and the design needs to reflect the needs now and in the future, as the family grows. Designing kitchens is all about the quality of the products so the design works.
What is the most difficult aspect in designing kitchens?
Every designer will say the same thing – working around tight, small spaces is often tricky to design. This not only provide a challenge and often produces a kitchen design that is more efficient, creative and clever when working with small space designs.
The new age kitchen appliances are state of the art what is important for a customer that loves cooking?
Induction cooktops are popular however the customer needs to consider the additional cost involved with induction. Often an upgrade of the power board is required which is very expensive. If you have the extra budget it is well worth the spend.
What trends are coming back to the family kitchen?
For a long time island benches with stools surrounding have been a trend and will continue in the future. However, due to the busy lifestyles of families, the family mealtime has become a time where you can catch up and touch base and is becoming increasingly important. This needs to be identified and incorporated into the design of kitchens so the family table is placed close proximity to the kitchen for ease of meal times.
What has been the best part of designing?
All our Designers say it is helping customers achieve their needs and watching the transformation from a non-functioning space to a kitchen that works for them. Areas that have a workspace in the kitchen area where their kids can do their homework on the computer while the parent is cooking, works really well. This means the client can then oversee their child’s computer use along with cooking the family meal. Designers are like architects and can change people’s lives for the better!
Lastly, any design tips?
Research before design. This is a high involvement, long-term benefit for the whole family so it is important to research designs, materials and companies who supply good quality that will last. Research prices and you will find they vary extensively – you don’t want to look back in 5 years and say “I wish I had more storage” or “the kitchen flow just doesn’t work”. The kitchen design by a reputable, experienced designer backed by quality materials is the key to your perfect kitchen.