A professional Kitchen Planner meets with clients to discuss ideas on how to meet their goals regarding new and improved kitchens. These clients may be considering remodelling their existing kitchen via small touch-ups (such as new cabinetry or lighting fixtures) or looking to build a brand-new one, whether it’s in their existing home or a new house they’re moving into.
It is not unusual for a Kitchen Planner to work with another design professional, like an Architect or Interior Designer, to improve on a project and enhance design ideas related to a kitchen. Other professionals that a Kitchen Planner can also work with on a project include remodelling contractors who specialise in kitchen renovations. It is possible for Kitchen Planners to form a collaborative relationship with contractors who can complete the installation of a new kitchen for the clients.
The skills and knowledge required for kitchens in the residential (houses) and commercial (restaurants) industries may differ considerably, especially when it comes to the building codes (which are usually stricter for a commercial project).
With a professional Kitchen Planner in charge of your project, you can be sure that you will be privy to:
· A professionally designed culinary space that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical
· More value for your home / property.
No two kitchen design / renovation projects are necessarily the same. But generally, once a Kitchen Planner is hired for a project, they can:
· Install lighting
· Produce new flooring options
· Recommend new appliances
· Decide where windows and doorways should be placed
· Work on styling up the kitchen’s walls (i.e. paint and/or wallpaper)
· Decide on countertops, cabinetry, furnishings and décor.
1. Decide on a budget: Very few of us have unlimited budgets when it comes to design- and renovation projects. For your dream kitchen, think realistically about how much you can spend and include line items such as labour, materials, décor, etc. Allow at least 10% of your budget for unexpected costs (trust us, they are very much a reality).
2. Work out a project scope: What do you want from your new kitchen? Is it more storage space? Updated cabinetry? To change the lighting and flooring surfaces? The more extensive your kitchen makeover project is, the more vital it is to develop a detailed plan and commit to it.
3. Considers needs vs. wants: Prioritise what is essential over what is desired, such as more storage vs. extra seating space, an easier flow of traffic vs. the latest appliances. This can go a long way to keeping you in line with your budget.
4. Decide on your style: Ensure you have lots of inspiration to show the Kitchen Planner before your very first meeting. Show them pictures of countertop surfaces you like (marble, timber, etc.), images of lighting fixtures, etc. These can all help establish what sort of style your new kitchen must fit into (modern, rustic, etc.).
5. Research appliances: Never buy appliance without consulting with your Kitchen Planner first. If possible, visit an appliance showroom together and look at models. Also be sure to check online and at clearance outlets for better prices. And keep in mind that your Kitchen Planner might be able to get you discounted prices from preferred suppliers.
Kitchen Planners generally charge a percentage of the total cost of the project they are working on. Although the industry standard is 10%, this could differ depending on various factors like:
· The size and scope of your project
· The experience and reputation of the Kitchen Planner
· The quality of the materials and finishes you opt for.
For a kitchen design project in Sheffield, obtain at least three estimates from local professionals. Have them each draw up a quote that specify all the costs for your project and then compare them with one another. This allows you to get a better idea of your regional pricing trends while also getting a personal feel for which Kitchen Planner will be the best choice for you and your project.
Even though there are no fixed prices for Kitchen Planners and remodelling work, recent surveys calculated the cost of a new kitchen to be anywhere between ￡17,041 and ￡46,265. That means the costs of hiring a Kitchen Planner could be between ￡1,542 and ￡4,626. For smaller projects, expect to pay between ￡7,711 and ￡11,566 (which brings the costs of the professional down to ￡771 - ￡1,156).
For projects over ￡77,110, it is not unusual for the Kitchen Planner to charge in the region of 8%. However, rather compare those estimates from local professionals to see who charges for what and how much legroom you have to play with your budget.