Cornwall LivingIssue #103

Six steps to serenity

Kitchen Kit reveal the six key steps towards realising your new dream kitchen.

Cornwall’s Kitchen Kit has a wealth of experience in designing, supplying and installing kitchens to clients around the county. To help guide you through what can be quite a daunting process, Nigel and the team talk us through the six key steps, so that you know what to expect.

Step 1: do your research
This doesn’t just mean browsing the internet. The best way is to visit showrooms and feel the quality first-hand. Open the doors, compare designs and layouts, and most importantly, ask questions! It’s also key not to forget about appliances. Ask for demonstrations and different model types, which will help you understand how you really want to cook in your kitchen.

Step 2: make an appointment
“Here at Kitchen Kit,” says Nigel, “we believe it’s important to sit down with our customers. In this meeting, we encourage clients to bring a wish list, including colours, layouts and appliances. Although an experienced kitchen designer will never just recreate existing layouts, it is key to understand how the space will be used. With this understanding and basic design choices, we can get to work on a design before presenting it in the form of a 3D CAD drawing.”

Step 3: review your design
This is your opportunity to chop and change areas of the design until you’ve tailored your kitchen to your own personal needs and style. Ideas include handles versus handless; matt versus gloss; adding a pantry unit, or even incorporating LeMans trays in your corner units.

Step 4: order your kitchen
Be aware that there will be differing lead times for each manufacturer. “We use two main German manufacturers, Nobilia and Bellerina,” explains Nigel. “Both produce rigid carcass kitchens produced in Germany, specifically for each kitchen customer.” The lead time is normally six-to-eight weeks. During this time, Nigel stresses the importance of organising other trades, such as building works, flooring, electrics and plumbing.

Step 5: installation
This is where things really get exciting! It is normal for your supplier to offer installation, and Kitchen Kit always asks customers to make sure all cupboards are empty before installing your new kitchen. “Our fitting team usually take three-to-five working days to complete the installation,” reveals Nigel, “however if the worktop is stone, this can add another week due to templating.”

Step 6: relax and enjoy!
And that’s it! It’s time to put the kettle on, sit back, and relax in your new dream kitchen, showing it off to your family and quickly becoming the envy of your friends.

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