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Daunted by the plethora of design options available? We've pulled together some of the
State's leading kitchen and bathroom specialists to get you started. TEXT Emma Wheater
Drawers are a strong trend in kitchens,
as seen here in a Pedini design.
So, you're looking to inject a little
'sanctuary' into your early 1990s
ensuite? Perhaps revamping the family
kitchen into a luxe-look cooking zone
for two? Or, maybe you're embarking on your
first-time build to create the home of your
dreams -- but what are those dreams exactly?
And, with the plethora of design options on the
market, how on earth do you know where to
start? When it comes to beginning the design
process for a new kitchen or bathroom, your
first step is to upskill on what's out there --
here's our guide to ensuring a great space that
will give you years of enjoyment.
Look to the professionals Visit showrooms
of various design companies, ask for
recommendations from friends who have used
interior designers or architects and look in
magazines -- we suggest Insite magazine and
WA's Best Homes, plus this one, of course! -- to
see who has done projects you like, then meet
with those people.
When talking with a professional, quiz
them on the jobs you have liked in the past.
Questions to ask are: why did you create that
design? What are the hidden features? How
does it meet the owner's brief? What will that
feature or style of design do for me? What's
it like to live with? What's the maintenance
involved? What has the owner said about the
design? How long before it dates or I will need
an upgrade? Also talk about what you want and
listen to the responses to see if you think you'd
work well together. Above all, trust your gut.
Another good tip is to take a trip into the
showrooms. " e showroom will give you a good
indication of attention to detail, quality and the
ability to service your needs," says Lincoln Trager
of e Maker Designer Kitchens, one of WA's
leading kitchen designers. "Ask questions like,
'Do you have a service department, what type of
warranty is provided, do you have a portfolio I
can look through?'. Find out if they are industry
recognised and if they consistently deliver."
Start from scratch Do you really think that
updating your bathroom with a new vanity
is going to do it for you? When it comes to
those quick fixes, saving money today can cost
you more tomorrow. So, use your revamping
mood to focus on what you really want from
your space. When outlaying any money in the
kitchen or bathroom, it's best to address all
underlying issues, especially irritating space
problems, at once. You know we're right!
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