PREPARATION IS THE KEY
- Questions about the designer.
- Questions about the design.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Find out how many years they have been designing kitchens. Ask which kitchen design companies they have worked for. You may decide you only want to work with a kitchen designer from the Gold Coast or Brisbane to ensure they are familiar with local trends. You will need to ask about industry qualifications or certifications. These may be held by the designer or the company they work for. There are no legal requirements for your kitchen designer to be qualified or certified however ideally, they would hold either an interior design qualification or be a ‘certified kitchen designer’ (CKD) with the Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute of Australia (KBDi).
Can I see your portfolio?
Ask to see your kitchen designer’s portfolio. If they are experienced in the industry they will have either a hard copy or online gallery you can view prior to enlisting their services. This will be your opportunity to see if they produce kitchens that meet your requirements.
How do you stay current with kitchen design trends and industry advances?
Ask your kitchen designer if they attend industry trade shows and which ones. Find out if they are doing any career development work or study. You need to know that your designer is up-to-date with the latest trends in the industry to make sure you get the modern, stylish or traditional kitchen you desire.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE DESIGN
Your designer should be able to give you all the hottest kitchen design trends and they should also be able to consult you on the timeless classics. You will need to give them an idea of what you like, but after that the designer will inform you on what’s hot and what’s not.
How can I increase the value of my property with this kitchen?
Everyone knows that a kitchen is one of the most important aspects of a home. Therefore a kitchen designer will know how their industry can impact the value of your property in a positive way. Ask them what features you need to include and what colours and materials hold their value and remain modern for long periods.
How many designs can I choose from?
You will want options, you may not like the first design that is given to you so you need to clarify how many the kitchen company is going to offer you. If your kitchen designer understands your needs and expectations you won’t require too many options however this is a large investment so you need to be sure you have maximised every dollar you spend.
What are the best materials to use for my kitchen?
Ask you kitchen designer which materials are technologically superior. They should be able to inform you as to who the industry leaders are in terms of quality and affordability. You want to know what products are best for what purpose and why. What should your benchtops be made from and why? What is the most appropriate material for cupboards and why? Should you have tile or glass splash backs and why? Always ask WHY?
How much should I spend on appliances?
Firstly, ask your kitchen designer if they offer kitchen appliance packages. Some do, and you may get a better price from their buying power. If not, ask them what they would expect you to spend on appliances to ensure the value of your kitchen remains strong.