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Okay, so you’ve made the decision to renovate and you’ve called to schedule an appointment but what now? How do you prepare yourself so you get the most out of your first design appointment and ensure it’s a productive part of the process? Our design experts have put together their tips on what you can do to get ready before you meet your preferred kitchen and bathroom designer.

  1. Don’t be afraid to think big.
  2. At this stage of the process, don’t limit yourself to trying to pinpoint exact products and design styles. Use as many resources as you can to look at a wide range of ideas and compile any you like – this can be online or on paper. Don’t worry at this stage about whether they match or limit yourself to a specific style – think of this as the “big picture” stage of the process. You’re creating an inspirational guide that will give your kitchen or bathroom designer some clues about your style, which will serve as the jumping-off point for your first appointment.  Bring as much inspiration as you can to your appointment.
  3. Ask yourself lots of questions.
  4. Would we consider moving or removing walls to create a new space? Do we have any long-term plans for our home that need to be considered? Will this be part of a more significant extension and/or renovation? What currently works in the space (and what doesn’t)? What do you now like (or dislike) about the area? What’s on my “must-have” list? What could I live without?
  5. Do your research
  6. There are many kitchen renovation and building companies to choose from, and it can feel overwhelming, but do some research before you start making calls to book an appointment. Ask for referrals from friends and family. Search for online reviews of the company you are considering – how long have they been in business, have they won any significant awards, do you like the look of their work? Check licences – if you’ll need building work done make sure the relevant builders licence is held by the company. You can also do an online check with the Victorian Building Authority.
  7. Budget, budget, budget
  8. Think carefully about your budget – know exactly what you can spend and always allow for a contingency. Don’t be afraid to share this figure with your kitchen or bathroom designer. Although it can seem scary, it’s actually the most cost-efficient way to ensure your designer applies this budget to get the most from your design. Think carefully about where you’re prepared to compromise and where you’re not. Share this with your designer and let them make suggestions about where best to invest your hard-earned dollars.
  9. Who are you?
  10. Your kitchen or bathroom designer will need to know a lot about you and your family to ensure they design a space that works to suit your individual needs, so prepare a summary of your family and how you live, work and entertain. Cover off on areas such as how many people live in the home, what ages are they, do you regularly have visitors to stay, do you entertain on a regular basis, do you employ caterers or the like, are there specific cuisines you prefer to cook, are there any specialist styles of cooking you like to undertake, do you have many items to store and access, do you buy in bulk, do you have particular needs relating to your religious beliefs. These and many more questions will really help your designer develop a feel for how to design a space that’s just for you.

When you attend the design appointment keep an open mind about your options. Remember, you’re meeting with a specialist designer with years of experience and who keeps abreast of developments in products and technologies. You may have your heart set on a particular brand or colour but your designer might be aware of a new product or option that would suit better or they may even suggest something you haven’t considered.

Your designer is able to advise you on all aspects of the project, including technical considerations, to come up with solutions you may not have contemplated but that can transform your space into a room that meets all your criteria.

If this will be your first renovation, or even if you have previous experience, it’s likely you’ll find the meeting a bit overwhelming. There will be lots of information provided to you and plenty of options discussed so consider taking a notebook to jot down any details you may need to refer to later. Don’t put pressure on yourself to make all your decisions at the first appointment – there’s plenty of time to work through the design process to clarify your goals and ideas and start to narrow down your choices.

The best designers know how to listen so don’t be afraid to talk! Yes, they are the experts but this is your home, and your family will be living in the space for many years to come so it’s important you feel comfortable with what’s being proposed. And, on the flipside, the clients who feel most satisfied at the end of the process are those who know when to defer to the experts and take their advice

Testimonials

Thanks to Kyle and the team for putting together a great kitchen design . Nothing was to much trouble and they meet my every need would highly recommend Thanks to the tradies for all your hard work

Josie Catanese

Josie Catanese

JCAT Fitness and Wellbeing

Thank you so much for our new pantry for our kitchen with the amazing soft close Hettich drawers. The professionalism of all your team we dealt with were outstanding.

Miriam O'Dea Macintosh

Miriam O'Dea Macintosh

Managing Director, Dublin

Thanks for the awesome work creating a dream study in our renovation project. Looks awesome!

Margie van der Paal

Margie van der Paal

Margie's Dress & Decor

Very courteous and helpful without being too pushy. Great finished product. David and his Team obviously take immense pride in their work.

Margot McGrath

Very courteous and helpful without being too pushy. Great finished product. David and his Team obviously take immense pride in their work.

Marie Strudwick

Marie Strudwick

Administration Manager

Within two weeks the boys at David Powell's Kitchens made and installed my beautiful kitchen, included with all the best of features, turned my idea into a creation. I couldn't be happier and will be recommending their services forever, thankyou so much!!!!!

Cody O'Sullivan

Cody O'Sullivan

David Powles Kitchens was employed by my workplace to make and install a bank of cupboards. The staff I dealt with were cheery and went out of their way to answer my questions. I was very impressed so I used this business to make and install new bench tops at my home. Again the staff were cheery and very helpful, answering my queries and explaining the type of bench top finishes etc. Prompt and reliable. I would choose this cabinet making business again.

Valerie Mcnamara

Valerie Mcnamara

Powles Kitchens did our new kitchen, and my mothers, in 2017. The results were better than we could have hoped for. Excellent craftsmanship. They employ friendly, knowledgeable staff who pay great attention to detail and they are always willing to help our family get precisely what we wanted. I cannot speak highly enough of the work this company has done for us. I highly recommend them for all your cabinetry needs.

Will Amadei

Will Amadei

Could not fault our experience with Kyle and the team. Five years on and our kitchen still looks as good as the day it was installed.

Jade Vigliaturo

Jade Vigliaturo

I dealt with you a few times in the past and very happy with your work. Would not hesitate in using you again in the future.

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