Getting your kitchen ideas down before you meet a designer

Doing this will create a great brief for your kitchen designer, avoiding common pitfalls that waste your time and your money. Kitchen ideas pre-planning will stop you making on the spot decisions that you may regret later. Also, it gives you more productive time with your kitchen designer and reduces holdups to get your dream kitchen started.

Before you sit down with a kitchen designer you should consider these 9 things which will:

  • Prevent you from wasting your valuable time
  • Make sure you get the end result you want
  • Create a focused brief to jump start your kitchen design

The end result

What are you trying to achieve? Eg A Friend and family orientated kitchen for occasions/gatherings.

  • Describe how you can imagine using it
  • Who will be using it
  • Use phrases like ‘The heart of the house’
  • Will it be functional or is it a showroom


Decide now, realistically what you can afford and if you are flexible when it comes to spending a bit more to get that perfect result.

  • How much to spend
  • Consider a portion of the budget will be for fitting
  • How much over your starting budget
  • Where is the money coming from


Do you have specific timeframe or completion date you have to meet?

  • Special event
  • Completion dates
  • Is it part of a bigger project such as an extension

Style Ideas

This is down to your personal taste, so the designer needs to know early on.

  • What main style? Traditional or contemporary
  • Colour scheme
  • Anything quirky
  • Give examples in the form of pics or links


What appliances do you really need or want?

  • Essentials (cooker, hob, fridge etc)
  • Extractors
  • Luxuries or would love to have (coolers, coffee machine etc)


Consider the finishes you would like as your designer can mock-up anything you can imagine.

  • Door handles
  • Taps, Sinks, splash backs
  • Tiling
  • Lighting
  • Worktops
  • Flooring
  • Door finishes
  • Wall finishes


These can throw a real spanner in the works, so be sure to mention anything that could change your dream design.

  • Doors and windows
  • Soil pipes
  • Boiler
  • Fuse board
  • Meters
  • Stopcock
  • Gas pipe

Fitting & Other trades

Fitting is a fair part of the budget and it needs to be great. Fitting is one of the trades but you also need to consider what other trades will be involved.

  • Who will be fitting your kitchen? Someone you know or the kitchen companies fitters
  • You also need to consider the other trades needed. Who will they be?

Wish List

What are those extra’s and luxurious things you would love? Eg Wooden worktops.

  • Things you think you can’t afford?
  • Special touches
  • Extra finishes

Rough sketch

If you have the time or the artistic ability, make a rough sketch of the shape of your kitchen including door and window locations.

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