Counter narratives make all the difference in a planned kitchen
There are two types of kitchen designer, those that are showroom based, there to sell you a kitchen, and independent kitchen designers who are there to get you the best possible design.
You should have some homework done before engaging with either. An independent designer will usually call to take their own sizes before starting on your design.
Kitchens are a major spend and you only get one chance to get it right. When planning your kitchen, any designer will require accurate room sizes; your wish list; what’s not required and a list of the appliances you want to include.
You don’t ask your builder to design your house, you pay an architect to design it and then get a builder to build it. Independent kitchen designers work on the same principle and are only interested in getting the best possible design for you.
Many showrooms also have very talented designers and they will also put a price on design time. This will be allowed against the price of the kitchen when you go ahead with it. Either way its best to have a design you are happy with before you start pricing, as you are now getting like-for-like quotes from each supplier.
Whether it’s a complete new build, an extension project or knocking two rooms together to create a bigger kitchen, many people still leave it too late to draw up plans. Having a definite idea of what you want before you start work can save you a lot of money down the road.
In the case of new builds, specify the kitchen with the house design, as windows and doors often need to be resized, moved or omitted altogether to get the design that people want. With so many services going into new houses like UFH, heat recovery systems and island services, decisions must be made early on.
Trending in kitchens 2017:
Contemporary kitchens fitted to the ceiling are a top choice, and while gloss is still popular, matt finishes are gaining traction. Greys and lighter shades of ivory dominate, but white is still strong.
Painted in-frame kitchens fit with a growing traditional/ rustic trend.
Steam ovens, downdraught extractors; boiling water taps, flexi-induction hobs all feature strongly.
Considering a new kitchen? An independent design service allows you to shop around with providers, says Kitchenplan’s Pat O’Connell
ABOVE: The Isola Cross table offers an integrated hob and sink and requires little more than a slender pillar to hide the plumbing.
Designed by Ludovica+Roberto Palomba for Elmar Cusine. Available through Laurence Pidgeon. laurencepidgeon.com.
RIGHT: These muted cabinets in three distinct colours work well with a soft neutral in the main kitchen and tall, almost black units along one wall . The lower sideboard area flowing from the principal counter and carrying a television, is unobtrusive, but acknowledges how most of us really live today.
Maya by Stosa Cucine of Italy. Dealers include Crana Kitchens, cranajoinery.ie
ABOVE: Caple induction hob with cleverly integrated extraction element. A snip at €3,000, pottercowan.com.