Looking for a kitchen designer? Here are the things you should be looking out for when you choose one
Your kitchen is a key part of your home. Getting the design right is incredibly important. Not only will it improve the function of your kitchen, but it will also help to make sure that your kitchen looks just the way you want it to.
You can try to design and put together your kitchen yourself, or, if you are concerned that you might not be able to get it right, then you could instruct a professional kitchen designer to tackle this part of the process for you.
As with hiring any type of service, it can be hard to know if you have chosen the right person for the job. So, to help, we have put together the things that you should look out for when choosing a kitchen designer.
Their previous experience (with examples)
One of the simplest ways that you can make sure that you are choosing a good quality kitchen designer is to ask about the previous work that they have completed. Not only will this help you to make sure that their approaches and expertise will match the type of kitchen that you will want to create, but it will also show you if they are able to deliver on what they promise.
Whether or not they ask you questions
When a kitchen designer starts to work with you, they are going to need to find out as much as possible about you and what you are looking for. Without this information how can they ever create the perfect kitchen for you? It is important that your kitchen designer asks you questions about what you are looking for, so, whether or not they take the time to do this is a good sign whether or not they are going to be the right choice for you.
Have they asked for your budget?
Everyone has a budget in mind when it comes to their kitchen. Having this figure is going to make sure that your designer knows exactly what can be achieved. It might not feel like the most comfortable part of the discussions, but a good quality kitchen designer will always ask for your budget when they are talking to you about your vision.
They will know lots about trends
Kitchens are led by trends. Not only in style, but also the appliances and gadgets that are installed in there. It is the job of kitchen designers to ensure that they understand the current trends and things that are in style, as well as the gadgets and appliances that are going to be most useful. So, if they don’t seem to know much about what is current, then maybe they are not the right person for the job.
They have lots of happy customers
Feedback from previous customers is something that you should always look for when you are choosing a kitchen designers. This will tell you more about the results that you can expect from them, as well as the experience that other people have had with them. All valuable considerations when it comes to making your decision.
When you find the right kitchen designer it can make a real difference to the entire design process, so, take your time, shop around and make sure that the designer that you have chosen is going to be able to do exactly what you want them to, and leave you with a kitchen that you can be proud of.
Why we love waterfall style kitchen islands
Kitchen islands are definitely growing in popularity. They are not only a modern and stylish addition to your space, but they are also incredibly useful too. As they become more popular, new styles of islands start to pop up. One of these is the waterfall style.
Waterfall kitchen islands are those that have a worktop edge that flows over the side of the surface of the island, then continuing down to the floor. Kind of like a waterfall. You can choose to have the waterfall added to one side of the island, or both if you prefer a more balanced look.
Now you know more about the style of waterfall islands, let's take a look at why they have increased in popularity.
They look Beautiful!
Whilst an island in its most basic form looks beautiful in any kitchen, adding in a waterfall to the island only increases the beauty and ensures that it really does become an eye-catching focal point too. Ideal if you use your kitchen as a social space and want to impress your guests.
There are lots of colour combinations
Waterfall islands come in a number of colours and finishes. Which means that you can make it entirely your own. Not only is this great for reflecting your own personal sense of style. But it also helps to create drama and contrast too. Especially if you decide on a contrast of colour or finishes, which will come together to create an eye-catching look.
They are practical too
Of course, waterfall islands are clearly good from a design point of view, but this is not the only benefit and positive that they have. One of the main reasons that they are a great add in to your kitchen is that they give you some additional space that you can use as a seating space or perhaps even somewhere to eat. Depending on the overhang of the waterfall part of the worktop, you may be able to fit some stools underneath, which means that guests, family or anyone who happens to be in your garden can take a seat.
As you can see, there are a variety of reasons why a waterfall kitchen island might be just what you are looking to add to your space. Of course, you are going to need a kitchen that is large enough to accommodate an island and you are going to need to make sure that you speak to an expert about what is achievable in your kitchen too.
That way you can have a kitchen island that not only looks great, but that adds in some functionality to your kitchen too.
It seems that as time goes by, more and more modern additions pop up in kitchens. Self cleaning ovens, warming drawers and smart fridges are just some of them, however, there are plenty of great things that you can choose to have in your kitchen.
One of the smaller, yet still incredibly useful options is the boiling water tap. But what are they and why are they such a good option?
What is a boiling water tap?
As the name suggests, the idea of a boiling water tap is that it looks like a normal tap, and is usually alongside your regular taps. However, at the press of a button, you don’t just get hot or cold water, you also get water that is instantly at boiling point. As if you had just boiled a kettle.
They do this thanks to an insulated tank and boiler unit located underneath the space where the sink sits. They usually hold around 2 litres, which usually functions as the filtered cold water tap, if you have one on your sink. The water will also pass through the boiler and then come out of the tap as the boiling water that you can then use.
Why are they such a good idea?
Boiling water taps may sound like somewhat of an extravagance, however, they actually are a great addition for your kitchen. This is especially true if you are the type of person who loves nothing more than a beautiful cup of tea, but that doesn’t like to wait around for the kettle to boil.
Of course, a boiling water tap is great for those who don’t want to wait around for their morning brew, however, they actually have many more uses. They are great if you are trying to thaw frozen food, if you are boiling up pasta or vegetables or perhaps even to give a hot blast to your washing up.
They are also great for those with babies, as at the touch of a button you have water that can be added to a sterilised bottle, ready to feed your little one.
Anything else I should know?
One concern that many people have about boiling water taps is whether or not they are safe. The majority of these taps come with additional safety features which means that you can have peace of mind that your children, as well as any visitors who may not know you have a boiling water tap, are protected from being scalded or burnt.
They are also incredibly cost effective. Boiling a kettle every time you want a cup of tea can use up the electricity, especially since most people tend to boil far more water than they actually need. A boiling water tap tank will contain enough water to make around 25 cups of tea an hour (which is a challenge if you ask us) and every time it needs to re-heat the water, which isn’t often due to the insulation within the tank, it only takes minimal energy and around 10 minutes.
If you are someone who loves a hot cup of tea, or simply someone who wants to make food prep as quick as possible, then you may want to consider a boiling water tap for your kitchen. It definitely makes for the ideal addition and is incredibly useful too.
It may sound like a bold claim to make, but changing your life, especially when it comes to your family and home, can be down to something as simple as the appliances that you choose for your kitchen. But how? How can appliances have an impact on your life and the life of those around you?
Let’s take a look at some of the appliances out there that could really have an impact on your life.
These hobs look similar to ceramic cooktops, however they work using a coil under each cook zone. Without a specialist pan on the hob, the coil will not produce heat, however, as soon as one of these pans are placed in the correct position, the electromagnetic power that has been stored within the coil has somewhere to go and can head into your pan to warm your food.
The importance of floor and worktop colour in your kitchen
When it comes to modern kitchen design, we are lucky enough to have plenty of colours and shades to choose from in our worktops and floors. You may not realise it, but having this wide range of choices in colour, can really have a huge impact on the overall feel of your kitchen.
But how? How does the colour that you choose for your floor and worktops have that impact? Let’s take a look at some of the ways that it may influence the feel and look of your kitchen.
Your home is a truly special place, not only is it where you and your family feel safe, but it is also where you will all spend a considerable amount of your time.
When you think about your home, there is likely to be one room which is used a lot, maybe even more than the rest of your home. This is your kitchen. In fact, many people will often say that your kitchen is the heart of your home.
But where does this come from? Why do people think that the centre of your home is this particular room?
If you are going through the process of building your own home, then you have the opportunity to create a home that is not only unique on the outside but also the way it looks on the inside.
There is nothing better than putting your own stamp on a property, especially when you have been involved in its design but what does the build process consist of and how can it help you to achieve the kitchen of your dreams?
You are imagining the crisp new cupboards, all your sparkling new appliances and hosting your first dinner party to showcase your dream kitchen. There were more decisions than you ever imagined getting to this point. Who knew you had preferences on door handles, style of door hinges and drawer colours? One of our recent clients commented;
“Now you ask me which handles to choose, I can’t actually remember what our kitchen cupboard handles are like at home!”.
Having your kitchen design agreed is a major achievement. However, don’t get ahead of yourself… The work is only beginning…