Designing and installing a new kitchen is a sizable undertaking. Arguably one of the most complex rooms to lay out, it includes everything from plumbing and carpentry to tiling and electrics—not to mention a vast array of choice when it comes to fixtures and fittings. What’s more, it’s a big investment, costing the average household upwards of £10,000. At those prices, you can’t afford to make a botch of it.
Form and function
In the kitchen, functionality is just as important as aesthetics. The role of a kitchen designer is to bring their specialised knowledge of what makes a kitchen work—as well as look good. This specialism is what separates them from interior designers, bringing an in-depth knowledge of kitchen-specific design, material, finish and technology. The same also applies to bathroom designers.
If you’re looking to renovate your kitchen, working with a kitchen designer is well worth the investment. Hiring a designer doesn’t mean relinquishing control of your ideas—rather helping you to bring those ideas to life effectively, overseeing everything from cabinets and flooring to counters and appliances. They use their skills to translate your project goals into reality, putting all of the pieces together to give you the kitchen of your dreams.
Taking the lead
If you order supplies through a national chain or retailer, there may be designers on staff who can help you, sometimes at no additional cost. Independent designers, on the other hand, may charge an hourly or project rate, but because they’re not affiliated with a particular chain or brand, they can be more objective about materials, etc. Always ask to see examples of the designer’s previous work before going ahead.
Running your own kitchen renovation has several disadvantages, the most significant being that you’ll have to act as your own general contractor, available at all times to coordinate and oversee the work being done. As such, your kitchen remodel could end up being a far longer and more painful process than it needs to be.
A unique perspective
One of the primary benefits of working with a designer is it takes the responsibility off you when it comes to things like talking with vendors, accepting deliveries and scheduling tradespeople. Designers already have long-standing working relationships with suppliers and manufacturers that they can call on at a moment’s notice. What’s more, they have a thorough understanding of what materials and products will stand the test of time in terms of resale value.
While a straightforward cosmetic makeover can be easily handled on your own, it’s worth hiring a professional kitchen designer if you’re planning a major overhaul. Not only will they help you build the kitchen you envisaged, but they can also save you money on the total cost. It helps if you have a general idea of the look, feel and equipment you want: kitchen design websites, magazines and Pinterest boards will throw up a wealth of inspiration.
Here at Blenheim Bathrooms, we work with professional kitchen and bathroom designers to help ensure your new installation is every bit as perfect as it can be. Visit Beespoke Design to see samples of their work or get in touch to discuss your requirements.