Questions To Ask A Kitchen Designer
Welcome to this post. We have put together some questions to ask the person who is designing your kitchen along with some useful tips.
What should be included within my Kitchen design?
Ultimately as it’s your kitchen so you must feel comfortable with the designer and confident in the supplier that you opt for, so choose wisely as you may only get one shot at getting this right. Look at the reviews before you make your final selection, as there are unscrupulous practices that go on that can be costly for the customer.
Here are top tips on what to look for, what you should expect to be included within your design package and some questions you can ask your designer.
TOP TIP 1: Make sure you get a CAD design that includes dimensioned plans, elevations and perspective drawings.
There are wide varieties of CAD packages used today that offer the customer very realistic images of what their finished kitchen could look like. This is very important as many people struggle to visualise their kitchen from plans and elevations alone, so effective perspective drawings are critical.
Be careful though to ensure you get dimensioned working drawings as well (Plans and elevations). If you are getting an independent quote for installation, your fitter will need working drawings including all dimensions, obstructions, a full list of the products and product sizes included with the plans. In any eventuality your fitter will need these not only to be able to carry out an accurate pre-fit survey, but also to be able to fit your kitchen accurately so these are critical. Your supporting trades will also need these in particular for positioning of electrics and plumbing.
TOP TIP 2: Make sure your designer completes a home measure.
A home measure should be included as standard with any design service and most suppliers, but not all major national and trade outlets, will carry this out as part of their inclusive package. Be very careful on this one, as the designer should be responsible for their own actions and take the initiative to ensure that all measurements are accurate and correct and that the design will fit within the confines of the room dimensions. Be cautious of any designer or supplier that works of third party measurements, including your own.
TOP TIP 3: Make sure your designer has two ears and one mouth.
This is your home, your kitchen and your dream. Make sure your designer listens to everything you want and does everything possible to include them within your ideal layout. Your designer should be spending more time listening to you rather than talking during consultations, making sure they have captured the minutest detail.
Be aware though, they are trained professionals and do have broad product knowledge and will most likely need to advise you on technicalities of what will and won’t work. Good designs will start with the conception of what the customer wants and streamline down to the most practical application along the way.
TOP TIP 4: Ask for an itemised quote
If you are looking for ways to streamline your kitchen and get it within a budget this can be difficult as many suppliers will normally only give a summary quote for the services and goods supplied. Rarely will you receive an itemised quote from a major national or big business and some will refuse to do so, so it’s likely there will be multiple visits to the designer before you get the design exactly as you want it and within your budget.
Under these circumstances you will not see individual costs for items until you have made a purchase and your final invoice is where everything will be itemised. Reputable suppliers will have an honest approach on pricing policy and nothing to fear or hide on individual prices so bear this in mind when getting quotes.
TOP TIP 5: Clarify what is included within the installation costs
Quotes for installation can very often be confusing for customers as they are normally broken down into two categories. Dry fit installation and supplementary works. Broadly speaking, the dry fit installation will include the installation of everything the retailer is supplying but does not include things like connection of appliances, additional electrical works, plastering, tiling and much more.
These are costs that are established through a pre fit survey carried out by and payable directly to your installer. It is not uncommon that the supplementary works costs push the customer’s budget to the limit as they very often raise the final installation price significantly. For you to be able to budget accurately you will need to know all the potential costs, so make sure you get absolute clarity on what is included.
Questions To Ask A Kitchen Designer
We’ve included a list of questions below that may help you in deciding on your designer and supplier. The questions are not exhaustive as you may have your own approach but these should help you to eliminate some time wasters or unscrupulous practices.
- Do you supply an itemised quote?
- Do you include a home measure?
- Do you supply plans and elevations with sizes and dimensions?
- What is included within the installation costs?
We hope this post has been of some help to you and you know what you can expect and some questions to ask a kitchen designer, but if you have any questions or would like more information on how to get a quote from us, please comment below or contact us via our contacts page, facebook or simply call us on 01775 518002.
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