On the Sunshine Coast there are a lot of kitchen designers to choose from, getting the right one for you is a major decision in achieving the look and style you want.
Being spoilt for choices makes the time you spend researching the many designers, of paramount importance. Getting what you want and within the budget you have allowed will take time. One of the first things to do is, find a designer you feel comfortable with and that you feel you can work alongside. A new kitchen is a big investment in your home and getting the right one for you needs a designer that has a sympathetic understanding of your needs, getting a pushy designer whose only interest is in selling the most expensive kitchen he can, will make the whole experience a nightmare you will wish you had never started. Someone that will come to your home, sit down with you, and go through all your options is a must. A designer that claims to be able to remodel your kitchen from its measurements alone is kidding you. There are so many different things to be taken into account, things such as:
• Natural light, a must in your kitchen
• Structural details, maybe a door would need to be moved
• The plumbing, in your new kitchen you may not want your appliances in the same place
• The electrics, re-wiring for your work-top gadgets
A good designer will come to your home, evaluate your kitchen, and tell you the best way to get what you want into the space that you have. They should also be able to tell you who their suppliers are, that way you can also investigate the company, making sure you are getting quality made kitchen cabinets.
Things such as kitchen fitters and builders are very important, your designer should be able to give you the names of reputable tradespersons that he/she has worked with before, and knows that the work they undertake is of a high standard, finished on time, and within your budget. Work on your new kitchen that has been rushed and is badly installed, will turn what should be your pride and joy, into something you would not want your friends to see.
Ask your designer for names and addresses of past clients, if he/she has nothing to hide they will supply them to you. Do not be afraid to contact these people and ask if it is at all possible to go to them and see what they got for their money, there is no better praise or recommendation than seeing the finished work first hand. By doing this you may also pick up some nice ideas you never thought of. Do not be fooled by glossy magazines and photographs, just because they say it’s their work does not mean it is.
A good designer will be able to stand by his/her reputation, and should not take offence that you would shop around and, get back to them once you have made your decision.