Smith & Smith provides design consultations, this is where a kitchen designer will visit your home, talk about your requirements and measure the space. They will then go back to their desk to come up with a concept for the design of your kitchen and an estimate of pricing. We understand that a kitchen is a purchase that many of us can afford to make only once in a lifetime. Such a purchase requires careful consideration and we are happy to allow some thinking space. We also recommend getting three quotes from different companies and checking inclusions carefully.
Kitchen Designers – what do they do?
First of all, our designers are trained to listen.
They listen to what you would like from your new kitchen in terms of style and functionality. Once they understand your desires, they use their experience to design a kitchen around you.
Working with a professional kitchen designer can take a lot of the uncertainty and stress out of the process of planning and building a new kitchen. If the countless door style, finish, and hardware choices seem overwhelming, imagine how the load increases when you add measurements, ordering, and installation into the picture. Consider your designer a partner who can envision (and prepare for) possibilities that won’t occur to you and manage the technical details. Designers tend to keep in mind things like the user’s height and reach and are able to adjust cabinet sizes to make the kitchen ergonomic and easily accessible. They also keep abreast of the latest fittings and fixtures to make accessing your much-used items a snap.
Smith & Smith employs some of the best and most experienced designers in the industry, you can be sure they will help you through the entire process. Many of our kitchen designers are also interior designers and have the skills to envision the change that the right kitchen renovation can make to your home and the enjoyment that brings.
Whether you’re looking for a classically tasteful kitchen remodel or more modern kitchen ideas, Smith & Smith will surely turn your vision into reality.
How do you Want to use Your Kitchen?
Before you really get into designing your kitchen, the first thing you need to do is assess what you want from your new kitchen. Ask yourself what do you like about your current kitchen? What do you dislike about your kitchen? What things would you do to improve it? What kind/style of cooking do you do? Frying, baking, grilling etc. Download our kitchen design questionnaire to help you figure out what you want and to help your designer understand what you’re after.
Kitchen Layout plays an important role in how you will use your kitchen.
Smith & Smith have created countless hard-working kitchens in a fantastic array of styles. Whatever the style you are after, we can provide it to you – and we will tailor it to your specific needs. What our clients want from a kitchen is as unique as they are. Our designers listen to your needs and consider images you have gathered for inspiration to create a kitchen that matches your style and your life.
Selecting a kitchen style
Many people don’t know how to describe the style they are after, however, when presented with images they can instantly pinpoint what they want in their kitchen. It is true that a picture speaks 1000 words!
Here are a few of our most popular styles:
- Contemporary – Clean lines and open spaces, with high gloss cabinetry to reflect light and stone benchtops, highlighted with a feature glass splashback and modern appliances.
- Classic – Warm, timeless styling that suits entertaining as well as family life.
- Country – Typified by profiled doors, corbells, decorative columns, capping, moulding, and fancy glass inserts. Country kitchens employ age-old styling and take advantage of modern kitchen luxuries and technologies.
Once you have worked out what your needs are, you can start collecting and collating information, pictures, and ideas about how you want your future kitchen to look. Even one or two pictures will give your designer a better understanding of the style you are after. Our gallery section has scores of images for you to peruse and is a great place to start your research.
- Collation offline: Buy a scrapbook or folder and collect pictures from magazines, brochures, the internet, etc
- Or Collation online: use Houzz, Pinterest, or Evernote to keep track of the images and articles that you find helpful in directing and your design thoughts.
- Visit our showrooms to gather ideas on design and finishes. Showrooms are helpful in honing ideas because you can touch and experience the quality of our finishes.
- Consider the Kitchen Plan you would prefer in your new kitchen.
For a detailed timeline of the entire renovation process see Kitchen Renovation.