It’s exciting – you have a project and you are about to start the journey of getting your new kitchen, bathroom or laundry underway.
To get maximum benefit from your first visit to any designer, there are some basics that will save time, money and above all else – deliver the verybest result in the easiest way possible.
While the designer will do all the hard work – you need to have some idea what you want in your kitchen.
a) Appliances – what do you want?
b) Flow and storage
c) Form versus function?
Know your budget and share this figure with the designer. Be honest and realistic – don’t forget to factor in all your appliances … this is why the planning above was important!
You absolutely must have a dollar figure in mind. If your budget is modest – that’s completely fine; the designer will find products and solutions to suit. If you have grandiose ideas – they also need to know, so you are not disappointed with a modest design concept.
3. Space – take your house plans to the meeting, enabling the designer to see the space in context to your house and garden. Will you incorporate dining into the kitchen space?
4. Choices – you are going to need to consider many things, but this is the very reason you have a designer – they are there to offer suggestions, guide you and ensure the process is painless … in fact it should be fun! Some of your choices include:
5. Expectations – be realistic about how you will manage your life if you are undertaking a renovation. It really can’t be sugar coated – you are having the heart ripped out of your home. Be prepared for what lies ahead and put some thought into how you and your family will manage this. Consider that you will have complete strangers in your house, children and pets will need to be kept clear of work and egress areas and there will be a lot of noise, inconvenience and dust!