Counter nar­ra­tives make all the dif­fer­ence in a planned kitchen

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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.

Plan ahead

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. lau­ren­cepid­

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, crana­join­

ABOVE: Caple in­duc­tion hob with clev­erly in­te­grated ex­trac­tion el­e­ment. A snip at €3,000, pot­ter­

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