Our Design Process
If you like what you’ve heard and seen, and are ready to engage Kitchens By Design to design and install your new kitchen or bathroom, here’s our simple, step-by-step guide to our design process, from concept to completion.
Stage one: Initial Consultancy
At this consultation our designer will discuss your lifestyle needs, your ‘wish list’, and the look and style you are looking for, as well as your thoughts on material choice, appliances, and any other individual requirements. We will discuss function, aesthetics, spatial design, timeframes and budget expectations. This initial meeting is crucial in establishing a good rapport and trust between you and your designer.
If you are building a new house, and have already engaged an architect or builder, we will require a copy of your plans, to help us achieve the best possible design for your new space. If you are renovating, we will need to do an extensive measure of the existing space, once you have agreed to proceed to the next step.
A consultancy fee of $150 + GST may be incurred for this initial consultation. This fee will be waived if we move on to stage two.
Stage Two: Concepts & Planning
We will now begin to work with you in detail to establish a clear brief of how you and your family want to ‘interact’ with your new space, and its relationship to the surrounding rooms in your home.
We will prepare concept plans – up to two or three alternatives – to show you how the space in your new kitchen or bathroom could be best utilised. These concepts may challenge your thinking and expectations, but their ultimate purpose is to ensure all the options are put on the table for discussion. Together, we will then choose the most suitable layout for that area and your family needs.
Most clients are keen to move on to the next stage. However, if you decide otherwise, there will be a charge for the designer’s time. This normally comes to between $600 to $1000+GST, depending on the size of the project.
Stage Three: Design Development
At this stage, based on the concept plans, we will focus on the overall look and style of the project, including working drawings, dimensions and elevations. The products and materials for cabinetry, benchtops and accessories will also be selected, and a ‘mood board’ created.
Detailed plans and elevations are then drawn up, after extensive consultation with you, and are sent to our ‘preferred’ cabinetmakers and other suppliers for the tendering process. At the end of this stage, we will provide you with a presentation document, outlining quotes and costs, based on the design/plans and specifications to date.
By this stage the majority of clients are keen to get their new project underway. If for any reason the project does not proceed, a further $2500+GST + CAD drawing fees will be charged for the planning and design work to date.
To proceed with the project, you will now be asked to sign an “Authority to Proceed” contract, and a deposit of 50% of the full cost of the project is required. Only at this point will drawings be released.
Stage Four: Manufacture & Installation
A detailed site measure is now taken, prior to the start of manufacture, and final working drawings and specifications are completed for you to sign off. Manufacture of cabinetry takes approximately 6 to 8 weeks from the time the factory receives the final signed off plans.
We will arrange to meet with you, your builder and sub contractors on site, to ensure every detail is considered. An installation date is mutually agreed, and regular liaison between our team and your contractors will help monitor progress of the site.
Before your kitchen is installed, your designer will invite you to the factory to carry out a thorough and final check on your new cabinetry. At this stage you will be required to pay the balance of your kitchen contract. This payment is held in our bank account until your kitchen is fully installed and signed off. No payment will be released to suppliers until the installation is completed satisfactorily.
The installation of your cabinetry is likely to take between two and five days. Once the cabinetry has been installed, we will make a template for any stone or solid surface benchtops you have specified. The lead-time for benchtop installation is around 10-15 working days from template.
Glossary of Fees
Depending on size, complexity, and the time involved in detailing your project, a design fee will be charged. This fee is generally accounted for in stages 1, 2 and 3.
The Design Fee includes:
- Site visits, consultancy time, and initial site measures
- Concept designs – usually two or three
- Development of concept designs
- CAD Drawings – Plans and elevations, detailed and dimensioned
- Redraws and redesign, as required
- Sourcing and specification of materials and samples
- Quotations and presentation documents
This fee is dependent on the amount of co-ordination and management you require us to do, and starts at around $1,500+GST, depending on extent of project.
The Co-ordination Fee includes:
- Finalising products and specifications
- 1 x site visit and site measure by the designer and cabinetmaker
- 2 x site checks regarding the installation progress and site work
- Final plans and working drawings
- Production file, plumbing and electrical plans, if required
- Co-ordination of factory, appliances, products, and outsourcing suppliers
- Factory inspection and factory liaison
- Quality control and benchtop templating
- Final sign off
These fees will be fully discussed with you at your initial consultation.