Make sure that you already have an idea of what you are looking for in a kitchen – Do you want a modern style kitchen or do you prefer a more traditional design? It will be easier to eliminate ideas if you already know what you want.
A helpful tip in deciding what kitchen you want is look at magazines and websites. Doing this will guide you in choosing the style, fittings, color scheme, etc. for your new kitchen.
Providing photos of your old kitchen will also speed up the planning of the new one. It will build a clear image of the space you are working with e.g. tricky corners and angled walls.
Make note of the questions and preferences that you have so you can be honest and realistic with the designer from the start.
Understand what your budget will include – do you need to pay for building work, plumbing, electrical work, tiling, or flooring? Unexpected issues may appear when building work is involved so make it a point to factor this into your budget.
Know where to splash out, for example a well-fitted kitchen can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your home which makes installation not an option to scrimp on. Choose quality benchtops as they’re a dominant feature in your kitchen.
Also, know where you should save money. Appliances are quite expensive so look for something that is high quality but simple. Only pay extra for something that’s high-tech if you’ll use its features to its maximum.
Always have a budget in mind and keep it realistic so that your designer will have a clear idea on what will suit the money that you are willing to spend.