If you’re considering embarking on a kitchen renovation project this year then our Director & Senior Designer, Robert Waite, has compiled this handy list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ for a smooth, successful, kitchen design…

DO start planning early

“We often get involved with projects months or even years before the clients are ready to have their kitchen made and installed. Even if your build hasn’t started yet, it’s still a good idea to start considering the future kitchen layout. Positioning of windows, power points, plumbing can all be integral to a successful kitchen design and sometimes a fresh pair of eyes can really help to bring your dreams to life. We’ve worked with clients before who came in with a set of architects drawings that positioned the kitchen in a certain way, and then we have been able to work with them to make suggestions that have helped to improve the layout of the room and the sense of flow throughout the entire home.”

DON’T get too caught up with the latest gadgets or trends

“Finishing touches like paint colours and handles can make all the difference to the look and feel of your design, but there’s a reason that they are called finishing touches. It’s all too easy to think to yourself ‘I must have this colour scheme’ or ‘I can’t live without this appliance’, but if you don’t get the functionality and the layout of the kitchen right then all the styling and gizmos in the world won’t be any use to you. This is where a good designer can be worth their weight in gold.”

DO have a realistic idea of budget

“In the world of kitchen design, the saying that ‘you get what you pay for’ tends to be true. You may think you’re saving thousands by going to a cheaper kitchen company, but if the kitchen falls apart in five years’ time and you find yourself having to start again then it’s just a false economy. A well-made, quality kitchen should last for tens of years, so it’s worth investing the time and the money in order to get it right.”

DON’T fall for a sales pitch

“At Rencraft we pride ourselves on being designers, not salesmen. We believe in the quality of the product we are offering and we understand the value of our customer service and our experience. A kitchen is a big investment and, as such, it’s also a big decision that needs to be carefully considered. If you find yourself feeling pressured or bamboozled with discounts then you have to ask, is this the kind of company I want to work with long term?”

DO visit several showrooms… 

“…and workshops too if you can. Try to get a feel for the quality of the product and the standard of the workmanship. Ask questions about the history of the company and make sure you have a good rapport with the designer as well. After all, if you do decide to go with them you are going to be spending a lot of time with them over the coming weeks or months. A new kitchen is a big project, but it can also be an exciting and enjoyable one.”

If you’d like to book an appointment to visit one of Rencraft’s showrooms in either Tunbridge Wells or Sevenoaks then email info@rencraft.co.uk