Preparation and first steps
Kitchen planning starts with an accurate survey, and a clear design brief.
An initial scale drawing begins to allow the designer to prepare options and ideas to incorporate all your requirements into a clear and practical plan. An optimal functional layout can then be determined for a great looking end result. Scaled visual drawings are provided to illustrate and clarify.
Attention to detail is paramount, so beware of kitchen suppliers who offer to design and sell you a kitchen without a detailed survey. Compromising at this point may mean that your installer has to amend cabinets on site or you’ll need to buy extra materials to make it fit. Either way, it’s likely to cost you more than you’d planned.
Your optimal design is primarily driven by the room shape, door and window positions and existing / proposed water, drains, electrical and gas service points.
Whether you’re planning a building extension or existing room refurbishments, it’s better to consider the design brief at the earliest stage.
Sometimes on a new extension, a small adjustment to the window or door position can make an enormous difference to the design possibilities for your optimal kitchen layout.
Project management and installation
A clear plan means minimal disruption for you.
The kitchen is one of the most important functional rooms of a house, so it’s important that all of the goods and materials are planned and managed to arrive in a coordinated timescale to allow the smoothest and quickest installation programme possible. There are many variables that need to be organised to achieve this so a solid Project Plan will help to achieve your end result as quickly as possible.Many people may want to fit their own kitchen, and get specialist help with plumbing, gas or electrical work separately. This has the benefit of helping to keep costs down, but often prolongs the installation time if the installer can only work on the kitchen at weekends, evenings or by taking leave from their normal occupation.
Robert Marsden Kitchens & Interiors can provide the survey, design and supply of goods only if preferred, or provide a full professional installation service as required.