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then what? You'll have a meeting with your
designer who will show you the ideas they've
come up with. is might be in the form of a
sketched plan, showing different colours and
materials, or it might be on computer software.
"We can literally walk you through the room
using our modelling program," says Benedict.
"We can talk through the aspects of the room,
see the colours and so on. We then take notes
from the client, go away and rejig it, then invite
them in again, and by the second or third
design, it should be there. It is quite an organic
process, and a good designer is one who listens
and delivers the client's brief."
is process of review, feedback and
alteration to the design is standard practise --
a good designer will probably get the design
down quite quickly if you have given them
a clear idea of what you actually want (don't
wait until the third draft to tell them you
don't actually like mirrored cupboards all
that very much, or that you really would like
a plasma in your kitchen). And, remember,
designers are there to get the design right for
you , so work collaboratively, communicate
well and you'll never want to leave your new
kitchen or bathroom again. k
(pictured left), of leading
kitchen and bathroom specialist
K&B Exclusive, shares the top
questions to ask yourself when
thinking about building a new
cooking or bathing zone.
1 What is my objective? If the new kitchen or bathroom is to
prepare your property for re-sale, you need to consider the market
you are hoping to sell to, rather than just personal taste, and set
your budget accordingly.
2 How much do I want to spend? The flip side of this question
is, 'How much should I spend?' The aim is to not over or under-
capitalise. Our general rule of thumb (for kitchen renovations)
is to allow five percent of the total property value.
3 What finishes do I want? This is also related to the above
question. The finishes on your cabinetry, for example, will set your
budget -- a laminate kitchen will cost far less than a painted kitchen.
Glass mosaic tiles in a bathroom will cost more than ceramic tiles.
4 What appliances or bathware do I want to use? While the
final selections are something we like to leave until after the design
conception, it is best to have a general idea of what you would like.
For example, do you want a double oven or a 900mm wide oven?
Do you want a freestanding bath or an inset bath?
5 How would I like my kitchen to function? Functionality is key
in the kitchen specifically. An aesthetically stunning kitchen will
soon become frustrating to be in if it doesn't work the way you
want it to. Do your homework on what a space can do, then write a
wish list of what you want according to your needs.
6 How will my new kitchen or bathroom a ect the rest of my
home? It's fantastic to have a brand new kitchen or bathroom, but
remember these rooms must flow with the rest of your house. In a
contemporary home, a classic country kitchen will look odd.
7 Will I require building work? Most renovation jobs will require
a nib wall moved or a corner pantry removed. Consider who will
do this and whether it is structurally sound to do so. Consult a
structural engineer if you intend to do this yourself.
8 How many trades will I need? Electricians, plumbers, builders,
tilers, pest control and installers to name a few. If you don't want to
have to organise all of these trades, find a design/renovation firm
to project manage your job, it will make your life a lot easier.
9 When do I want to start? When done properly, some
bathrooms or kitchens (with stone benchtops) can take up to three
weeks and most kitchen/bathroom companies have up to a two-
month turn-around time from the point of sign-o from drawings.
Sort these timelines early on to ensure no nasty surprises.
10. How do I perceive my room? Remember that as much as
these are practical areas, they are inviting spaces, too: the kitchen
has risen in importance as an area to meet and greet, and been
softened to morph into a true hub that o ers more than food; and
the bathroom is now an area where you can spend more time.
This kitchen by Meaghan White softens an all-white
interior with metallic glints, glass and a sheer.
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