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The Importance of Using a Kitchen Designer on Self-Build Projects

Discover why engaging with an expert kitchen designer is key to the success of your self-build.
Self Build Projects: The importance of using a kitchen designer

A kitchen is at the heart of family life more than ever and for the self-builder, it's where the lion's share of the budget will go. Making your project go smoothly, on time, and on budget can be challenging especially when you have so many other demands on your time. Engaging with an expert kitchen designer can alleviate many of the challenges and help you deliver on your vision. Let's look at some of the reasons why.

The kitchen is one of the most difficult rooms to get right

From a design and build perspective, kitchens are typically a lot more complicated than the other rooms in the house. Planning a new kitchen involves plumbing, electrical, and often gas installation as well as appliances, fixtures, lighting, and storage areas. This is a lot to wrap your head around and requires a lot of careful thought and planning.

A kitchen designer will have a thorough understanding of all of these aspects and will be able to help you dig into the minute details of each area so you don't overlook anything. Designers can objectively look at the space, your budget, and any other factors, to help you develop the perfect kitchen for the project.

From a design and build perspective, kitchens are typically a lot more complicated than the other rooms in the house

Kitchen designers are specialists

Whilst some architects and interior designers may offer kitchen design as part of their service, a kitchen designer is a true specialist. It can be very difficult to keep up with the changing product lines, accessories, or even ordering procedures when you aren’t a specialist in this area of design.

There's no substitute for all specific experience that a kitchen designer builds up over time and they will be able to bring valuable insights and expertise when you are remodelling or planning a new kitchen.

Engage with your kitchen designer early

Engage with your kitchen designer early

This is one of the most important aspects of kitchen design.  Kitchen planning for new builds should take place before anything is built. In fact, as soon as your house plans are ready. 

If you are refurbishing a property, you may need to move a window or door to accommodate the exact design you want.

Bringing in an expert kitchen design early will help establish whether there are any major challenges and give you the opportunity to address them early. This will save a lot of time, effort, and money.

A kitchen designer can save you money

Ultimately, hiring a professional designer can save you money on the total cost of the kitchen and help you build the kitchen you envisioned. 

They'll help you avoid costly mistakes, improve your planning process, make sure you stay on budget, and get to grips with kitchen fitters, suppliers, and deliveries.

Don't leave kitchen appliances to the last minute

Don't leave appliances to the last minute.

Appliances shouldn't be an afterthought. If anything, they are often integral to the design of the kitchen, providing a strong focal point or statement. Leaving this out of the planning process can lead to last-minute rushed decisions in a showroom that may lead to making compromises that you'd regret later.

Kitchen appliances can have a major impact on your overall kitchen design and budget, as well as the dimensions and overall feel. An expert designer will take this into account and help you make the best decision for your self-build project.

Finally. A good working relationship is key!

The working relationship between you and your kitchen designer is key to a successful kitchen project. Don't be hasty to commission the first designer you come across. 

Take some time to find a kitchen designer that has experience in delivering kitchens in the style you are trying to achieve and more importantly, is someone you really click with.  You'll be working with them closely for a long time, so having someone you have a good rapport with will makes things easier, especially if the project becomes challenging.

If you'd like to talk about how we can help you on a self-build project, call us on 01752 936104 (Plymouth) or 01726 600034 (St Austell) or book a free design appointment. You can also find out more about our trade and contract kitchens on our website.

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