Kitchen Design Plans Why Good Ones Make Planning A Kitchen Go According To Plan
August 24, 2012
Kitchen Design Plans
Why Good Ones Make Planning A Kitchen Go According To Plan
Often kitchen design plans and layouts are more often than not poorly planned. It often is down to poor kitchen design planning which leads to the hassles and complications that lead to bad press about kitchen companies. Often this starts with poor measurement of the room. Most of the issues that can occur on site can be solved in the early stages of kitchen design planning and kitchen layout. Much attention needs to be paid to the measuring of your room. Window widths and heights off the floor. Where are the sockets? Do these need moving in the new design? How high is the ceiling? Are there any bulk heads in the ceiling that are going to affect the new kitchen design plans? So do ask to see the designers measurements before they leave. Ask yourself do they look comprehensive enough to create good kitchen design plans?
Another often over looked element is the floor level and how this may run out over the run of the new kitchen design plans, if you are going for a more off the shelf kitchen this can cause problems with the plinth not being high enough as the standard plinth height is 150mm. There are workarounds namely cutting the legs down. It is something that should be noted if it is relevant as it can affect the finished look of the kitchen. Many designers have never fitted a kitchen and as a consequence they can often miss this. Ask how many kitchens they have fitted? after all would you learn to drive with someone who has never driven before?
Good Kitchen Design Plans
Good kitchen design plans start with measuring the room correctly, gathering a thorough understanding of what problems you are wanting to solve. This should take about an hour to an hour and thirty minutes, dependant on how much coffee is drank. During that time it is not necessary to spend hours and hours creating kitchen design plans, nor should you feel pressured at this stage to commit or buy there and then. The only reason this done is to sell you a kitchen, an experienced kitchen designer should be able to give you an indicative cost up front and should appreciate the implications of the installation.
How To Press For An Idea On Costs
You could start by leading the conversation something like this:
“I am sure you have designed many kitchens. haven’t you?” they are likely to respond “Yes”, follow this up with something like
“So with your wealth of experience you could probably give me a rough idea what it might cost, couldn’t you? Now at this point they might become a little evasive, saying things like “Well it depends on specification, appliances, etc. etc.” You might want to reply with something like;
“I appreciate there are variances, however I have a list off appliances and I know what brand and model I want if that helps??”
Once they have an idea of the size of room, what appliances you want and the type of surface you are after that is absolutely enough information for them to give you an indication of cost there and then, this would give you the information you need to make a decision whether it is worth spending more time with them or not. This is true of most trades people, it is just a case of pressing them enough.
If accurate measurements are taken, basic kitchen design plans could be produced quickly. At this stage of the kitchen design planning process it is not necessary to see a completely final image because you will need to commit to someone either with a deposit or time, to get this absolutely right for you. Your decision has to be based on who you are most confident in. Unfortunately too often kitchen design plans start with a rushed measurements that don’t have all the right information in, thus causing issues on site. Typically this never gets re-measured until after you have signed and agreed. Is this where problems start?
You ought to ask to see the measurements they have taken. The reason for this is; if they do not have enough information to create your kitchen design plans accurately then how is the design ever going to reflect what you are looking for or even match the end product? After all when a kitchen planner is planning your kitchen design, all subsequent designs/costings are based on that first measure.
Kitchen Design Plans – Watch Out For Disclaimers
When you do choose who will carryout the kitchen design plans you should be expecting more detail. There is no reason with today’s technology, why the image you are shown cannot exactly match your final product. Too often I see the disclaimer “This drawing is an artistic interpretation of the general appearance of the floor plan. It is not meant to be an exact rendition and dimensions should not be taken from this drawing” oh and usually somewhere else is “All dimensions are subject to verification following a pre-installation survey. If you choose not to use our installer, please ensure that the plan and quantities are checked by your chosen installer” or something like that.
What is your kitchen planner saying? fair enough that you cannot scale, but if the walls windows are incorrect what were they measuring? and how can the design work in your room. The software used for designing kitchens in the main does allow for accurate rooms to be input in to them. Therefore all windows, doors and ceiling heights etc. should be in the correct place and the right size in relation to the kitchen design plans. The measurements should at least be accurate. If not is this where problems begin? after all a kitchen planner has measured them and how can they accurately plan if the measurements are not right? check your kitchen plan and run a mile if the dimensions are not right. This is because the kitchen planner is there to sell the kitchen and uses a very old fashioned out dated approach that was popular in the hay day of kitchens which is a high pressure and quite pushy sale. It is a good job there are some firms out there who have considered a nicer more client focused approach to kitchen design plans.
Who Is Fitting Your Kitchen?
Also beware of the pass off to another party “The fitter will sort it” this is after the kitchen planners have spent much time with you planning your new kitchen design ideas they often want to get the job. This is not an answer to your question, this is also where the extra over costs begin. In fact my experience of some retailers tells me that every time you hear this add at least £500.00.
Good kitchen planning is more than pretty pictures you should be expecting a very accurate kitchen design plan that match at least VERY closely if not exactly to the finished article. This type of avoidance is unacceptable. I am not surprised the problems that occur, when there is little attention paid from the outset to the kitchen design plans.
The message here is tread carefully. Ask the right questions. If they are visiting your home are they there to measure accurately? or to sell to you? If they cannot be bothered measuring well, how would you expect this to turn out? Most importantly ask the crucial questions “How many kitchens, bedrooms, or home offices have you PERSONALLY fitted” and “Will you be doing the design yourself?” “How long do you expect to be here?” “what is the main purpose of your visit?”
Here is why you need to ask
(a) Shows the unit against the wall, this will prevent the LH door from opening.
(b) Shows a 900mm high wall unit, however a ceiling that is lower, will prevent this being installed (see photo 1c).
(c) Shows that the wall at the back of the kitchen is level however in reality they are not, this will affect the installed kitchen.
(d) Shows a 307mm filler piece highlighting bad design and wasted space.
(e) Shows an narrow gap of 400mm left between the units and the protruding wall for people to walk past.
(f) Highlights there is no end panel which means the plinth will just finish leaving an open end for dirt ingress.
(g) Shows where the designer has not taken into account the boxing in the corner of the room.
(h) Shows no filler to the left of the unit leaving a gap.
(i) Shows no end panel or filler to the right of the appliance, therefore there is a gap. (j) shows another wall unit against the wall, again this will prevent the door opening.