10-step guide to buying a bespoke kitchen
By Julia Sugden
Want a kitchen that designed specifically for you? Don’t fancy anything ‘off the peg’ – so where do you start? Roundhouse, the multi-award-winning bespoke kitchen design and manufacturer, has put together a short guide to buying a bespoke kitchen to help you get underway…
1. What will you get?
Buying a bespoke kitchen means you’ll get a kitchen that is designed to suit you. To use a ‘tailoring’ analogy, a bespoke kitchen is just like a bespoke suit; the size and shape is cut to fit, it will be exactly what you want, and it should last a lifetime. This means that bespoke kitchen designers really go the extra mile to understand your needs and ideas.
2. Make a must-have list
Are there things you just can’t live without? It helps to list your priorities, for example; if you are a keen cook you might want acres of prep space or you may want an entirely clutter-free kitchen so lots of storage space will be critical. Are there specific appliances that you must have, or maybe you have a desire for a particular work surface?
3. Think about the whole space
If you have an extension being built or walls demolished to create a large open space, by talking to kitchen designers early on, your kitchen can be designed as an integral part of that space rather than as an afterthought. Think about how you will use the space; for example will it be more than just a kitchen where food is prepared, but a social space for family and a place to entertain?
4. Gather your inspiration…
Collect as much reference material as you can, from a variety of sources, such as magazines, Pinterest or from the galleries on kitchen designers websites. Focus on what really inspires you – the more reference material you can amass, the easier it will be for designers to really understand what it is you like. Images of kitchens, worksurfaces, splashbacks/tiles, islands, layouts, colours etc., all are really helpful.
5. Have a budget in mind
Have a plan of how much you want to spend – by being frank about this upfront your designer will be able to help you choose what you should invest in and where you may be able to save. For example having extra wide bi-fold doors can help save on cabinetry costs and some types of cabinetry and veneers are more expensive than others, and the same goes for work surfaces and of course appliances.
6. Speak to a designer early on in the process
The process of designing a bespoke kitchen is all about consultation and collaboration. A kitchen designer should work closely with you (and with your architect or interior designer if you have one) to ensure the overall plan, and every specification and detail are spot-on. By getting to understand your needs, your designer will come up with creative ideas you may not even have considered. Bespoke kitchen designers are experts, with years of knowledge of not only creating beautiful kitchens but also of the latest appliances, fixtures and fittings and innovations in finishes.
7. What about the build?
Bespoke kitchens are built by skilled craftsmen and have a practically limitless choice of materials, colours, fittings and styles. They are totally adaptable, and although standard sized cabinetry can be supplied, pretty much any bespoke size is available, extra wide or extra shallow, for taller or shorter people, extra tall/short – almost any non–standard size.
8. Nailing the nitty gritty
Every bespoke kitchen company has it’s own procedure, at Roundhouse – for example -once you had your initial chat with a designer, we’ll ask you to bring in your measurements and/or drawings, if you’re working with an architect. Based on our consultations with you we’ll produce a design, which may be tweaked and changed until you are absolutely happy with it. Once you’ve committed to the project and paid a deposit we’ll allocate build time in our factory. We will make any changes you require and you’ll get a pack with detailed technical drawings and a final price and delivery date. (approx. 8 weeks depending on finish)
9. Delivery & Installation
Again each bespoke kitchen company has it’s own process so make sure you know what it is. At Roundhouse each project has a dedicated installation manager who oversees the in-house installation team and all aspects of the final build to ensure that your kitchen takes shape exactly as intended. They will co-ordinate with your builders. Your kitchen will be delivered, wrapped and protected, by our own delivery team. The base cabinets will be fitted first followed by the templating of worktops prior to the final install.
10. What should I end up with?
If you follow this process it should result in a bespoke kitchen that suits you and your family in every way right down to the last detail. It will be built to last and you should get many years of enjoyment from it.
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