It’s an old real estate adage that the kitchen and bathroom are the most important parts of the home. With that in mind it’s important to consider the layout and practicality of your own kitchen. Is it outdated? Is it functional? When looking at building a new kitchen a number of questions will come to min and many decisions will have to be made. From basics such as layout, appliances, productivity and use of space to more subjective choices like colours and handles – the decisions can seem endless.
At this point the skills of a kitchen designer should not be overlooked. Their expertise and specialised knowledge will eliminate any costly mistakes and provide you with a set of plans that are custom designed for your cooking and entertainment needs. Remember, ‘ it costs no more to build a well-designed kitchen than it does a poorly designed one’. However when looking at selecting a designer, cabinetmaker or joiner make sure they are a member of the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bathroom Association). This seal of approval ensures you are dealing with a reputable firm who believes in the NKBA principles of manufacturing and design excellence.
The Certified Designer deserves your full confidence as certification is based on documented proof of knowledge, ability and experience in design. Furthermore, the CKD must adhere to a very strict code of professional conduct. An ongoing professional development system insures your designer is up to date with the latest products, trends and technical information.
If you choose a designer or prefer to go it alone, it still pays to do some research. Look through magazines and collect clippings and brochures for ideas. Visit showrooms or home shows and ask questions about materials, storage, hardware features and colour schemes.
Consider your everyday needs and lifestyle – do you prefer a sleek, contemporary style or something a little more ‘family’ orientated that is durable enough to survive the tough knocks of young family life?
Finally, remember that the key to a successful kitchen is the understanding your designer has of your needs and requirements. Supply them with as much information about your cooking, storage, shopping and eating habits as you can. All this information will ensure you achieve the best layout for your kitchen and lifestyle. To work in a well designed kitchen specific to your needs is a delight and can make family meals and entertaining a pleasure for everyone.
From inception to installation we can make your kitchen building experience an enjoyable one and help make any decisions you have a little easier. We also ensure you can envisage your kitchen beforehand with CAD drawings and elevations of your design and three showroom kitchens on display so that you can experience the latest in kitchen hardware firsthand.