Kitchen design process
The kitchen design process covers everything from understanding the current kitchen design trends to dynamic space design, from briefing a kitchen designer through to delivery, installation and final inspection.
The first step to a successful kitchen renovation is to think about what you want in your dream kitchen. To help you understand some of the key decisions you will need to make we have prepared a simple checklist to walk you through getting started.
Once you have completed your checklist and considered your budget we suggest you get in touch or visit one of our kitchen showrooms so you can see the latest kitchen finishes and appliances up close and ask our kitchen professionals any questions you have about colour, design, timeframes and potential costs.
Consider the latest design trends- No Handles
Art of Kitchens newest feature kitchen is displayed in the front of our showroom and it literally stops traffic! The feature that most impresses customers is that this kitchen has no handles. This modern, clean and streamlined look is the pick of our Architects and Interior Designers as well.
We custom build the base cabinets with a shadowline that will allow you to get access to the doors and drawers. All the overhead cabinets have doors that overlap the base and we shape the doors in a shark nose profile to complete the look.
We have detailed the kitchen in our showroom with a mirror shadowline to match the kick panel. This detail makes the kitchen look much bigger and also makes the kitchen look like its floating off the floor. Some clients prefer the shadowline to be in brushed aluminum or in a matching finish to the door for a more subtle effect.
Drawers vs Doors
The majority of our customers want drawers in their kitchen. The Art of Kitchens showroom features the very latest drawer systems from BLUM. This allows our Designers to demonstrate how accessible your cabinets can be. You will also be amazed how much more you can store into your kitchen!
Corner drawers are the latest innovation to improve our lives. No more crawling into corners to access your pots and pans. The corner drawer almost doubles what you can fit into the traditional bi-fold cabinet and all at easy reach.
Drawers in pantries have been another innovation that has changed modern kitchen design. Our clients tend to shy away from the traditional corner pantry once they’ve seen how much they can fit in the all-drawer pantry. Rather than loosing half your pantry space because the traditional pantry requires shallow shelves to prevent your goods getting lost at the back. Now you just pull out our deep drawers to allow easy access to items like tin cans at the back of the pantry.
Drawers under the sinks are another design innovation we promote that allow all your cleaning products and garbage bins to be used in one easy movement and prevents you having to bend your back.
The biggest request from clients is the ability for Art of Kitchens to manufacture cabinets to their exact custom specification. The kitchen industry is dominated by companies that design modular kitchens or if they do design a custom kitchen at a client’s insistence, it will quote it at premium price.
Rather than have other company’s manufacture our kitchens for us in modular sizes, Art of Kitchens employ qualified craftsmen to manufacture all its joinery. We have built our reputation on building custom joinery for Sydney’s leading Architects, Interior Designers and Builders.
Combining designer finishes and colours
Prevalent in architectural design is the combination of two pack polyurethane doors and timber veneer. The range of veneers is staggering. Many architects combine the beautiful natural finish of a dark timber veneer on the base cabinets with a lighter poly on the overhead cabinets. Our veneer doors are coated in clear satin two pack poly for protection and our poly colour range is unlimited as we can match to any colour you choose.
Combining different finishes in the bench top is also being more recently requested. Lighter stone is combined with stainless steel or a striking natural granite or marble bench.
Two colours in the same door finish is possible too. Colour matching the doors to the walls or glass splash backs is also possible should you wish. The combinations are endless.
Combining finishes due to budget is also an intelligent way to maximize the return on an investment property rather than over capitalizing on a kitchen you will never use. Combining the more expensive stone bench tops to the very reasonably priced melamine doors is a great way to achieve a smart looking, high quality kitchen that will help sell your property. Ask our Designers for suggestions on finishes, not only for investment properties but rental properties as well.
Dynamic Space Design
BLUM has developed a new design principle to help specify their hardware range that is a development of the traditional working triangle. This method of designing a kitchen took years of research and development and the results of this study have taken the design of the ‘perfect functioning kitchen’ to another level.
This new principle all starts with the question “Which way do you prefer to work in your kitchen, to the left or right?” Good kitchen design has always been based on the designer asking relevant questions and listening to the clients answers. But this question, although obvious, has not always been one of them.
Dynamic Space design works more on the basis of designing a kitchen in a number of work stations that every kitchen needs – cleaning, preparation, cooking, the storage of non-consumables and consumables. The BLUM range of drawer systems is the best means to achieving a kitchen that can not only stores 50% more in the cabinets under your bench, but also ensures that every item is at easy reach.
Higher bench tops are also a feature of this design principle. This minimizes the bending that is required to wash up in the new, deeper sinks that are available. Combine the higher bench with a lower kick and you can achieve a six drawer split system that will increase your storage ability. The system still maintains symmetry as all the drawers and handles will line up perfectly to give you a less busy look.
Highlighting its reputation of designing and manufacturing the latest innovations, Art of Kitchens was the first kitchen company in Sydney to showcase the new Dynamic Space system. Our Designers have also been accredited by BLUM to design a kitchen using Dynamic Space design principles.
Once you have talked to our showroom experts and worked out what you want the next step is to start briefing the designer and organising a quote.
At this initial meeting the designer will meet with you at you home or our showroom to collect the following information, to form a brief of what you want in your new kitchen or living space.
- Style and function – we’ll look at the style of your home and talk about what options to consider and what may suit you best. For example: functions, family usage, entertainment needs, investment property etc.
- We discuss your likes and dislikes and the preferences you may have formed during your research.
- We’ll discuss appliances you were thinking of, double or single door fridge, wall or upright oven etc. steam oven, coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher.
- You may have collected helpful photos for us to look at.
- We will go over colour choices, bench top types and more.
- Once we’ve taken measurements of the room we also make a time for next meeting at the most convenient showroom.
Our Kitchen Designer then sets about designing your kitchen according to your brief and budget.
At our second meeting, the designer will present the concept of your new kitchen. They will have drawn up a floor plan, elevations and 3D images for you to review plus provide an initial quote.
This meeting is held at one of our showrooms so we have easy access to a range of material for you to consider and select from including door styles, colours, bench tops, handles etc. Adjustments to your plans can also be made at this meeting.
At the end of this meeting you may be happy to proceed or prefer to have further discussions with your Designer via email, phone or face-to-face…until you are completely happy with your design and selections. Once you are comfortable with your final design, selections and specifications, a contract will need to be signed and a 10% deposit paid before we can proceed. The designer then takes the final plans and contract to our manufacturing facility to debrief your project with our production team.
You will contacted by our customer support team to make an appointment at your home so we can take the final measurements and selections confirmed. At this stage a progress payment of 20% is paid. Please note: factory lead time is approximately 6 weeks from receipt of the Check Measure payment and may vary according to size of the job and availability of materials. We will keep you advised of any timing impacts as your project progresses.
If your existing kitchen needs to be removed this will happen up to a week before we start installing your new kitchen. We will take care to ensure the dust and debris is minimised. Once the old kitchen has been removed the plumbing and electrical rough-in will start approximately 2-3 days before installation and any patching of gyprock or plastering needed approximately 1-2 days before installation. All these dates will be advised upfront so you can plan ahead.
Your next progress payment of 65% is due on delivery of the joinery. Installation of your cabinetry is started and any other subtrade work that needs to be completed. The next step is the bench top check measure and install which can take 7-14 days. Once the bench tops are installed the splash back check measure and install can begin and this can take a further 7-14 days. Lastly any finishing trades are completed.
Your finished new kitchen is now quality inspected and ready for handover. The completion payment is due.
If you have any questions or concerns along the way contact our customer service team and they can keep you up to date on your kitchen progress. Any delays in payment may affect your project timeline so these will be outlined upfront so you are prepared.