10 things you should know before buying a new kitchen

planning and buying a new kitchen

Regardless of kitchen supplier, taking some time preparing before buying a new kitchen can save a huge amount of money and stress.

Check out the points below and make a list so that nothing is forgotten or left to chance.

1 – Kitchen Planning

Your kitchen designer or supplier should of course help you enormously with the planning of your new kitchen. But there will be some aspects that are very personal to you and your own circumstances that should be part of the kitchen planning process.

  • Make sure that the kitchen company you work with knows about your own particular requirements very early during the design phase so that they can be incorporated into your new kitchen.

A vital part of the design process involves the kitchen planner asking questions to discover what is important to you.

At Black Rok we place very high priority on learning as much from our clients as they do from us. Black Rok install kitchens that are designed and built to last a very long time. We want you to be entirely happy with your kitchen, not just when it’s new, but for many years to come.

2 – Dealing with disruption

Dust, noise, upheaval and inconvenience. These are all things that are probably not part of your dream kitchen. The dream comes from the showroom displays, the pretty pictures, the imagination; seeing your friends and family in your exquisite new kitchen. But, at some point, unless you are building new, your old kitchen will be removed before the new one is installed.

  • Like any construction project there will be some mess, and there will be inconvenience.

We prioritise keeping this to an absolute minimum. But it would be wrong for us to suggest that it can be removed entirely from the process. As the saying goes, ‘you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs’, keep this in mind throughout the installation of your new kitchen. It’s often difficult to deal with the unexpected, so if you expect some disruption, it won’t come as a jolt.

3 – Coordinating the trades

A new kitchen can involve several different tradespeople: builders, electricians, plumbers, work-top installers, carpenters, decorators; the list goes on. Some will be needed before the kitchen installation begins, some during and some after. To save on the headaches, any supplementary works must be realistically scheduled.

  • Effective communication is key and so too is an appreciation of the constituents of a kitchen installation.

Your kitchen supplier should have expertise in managing the kitchen project and can therefore help to ensure everything comes together in the correct sequence. If you are instructing your own contractors then make sure they know what they are doing and when they are doing it. Just one seemingly minor problem can halt the whole process.

4 – Practical design considerations

Practical kitchen design concerns both your own requirements. e.g. seating areas, lighting, appliance position, etc, and also those of how the kitchen will be installed and how it functions.

  • Your supplier should know all there is to know about the technical design requirements and practicalities, likewise, you should know (or at least have a good idea) of your own design preferences.

Your designer should be able to help enormously by working with you in the early stages to ensure your own preferences are taken into account and also by revealing some design aspects that perhaps are not obvious to you.

5 – Determine what really matters

Most kitchen installations involve some form of compromise: maybe a window isn’t in an ideal position, or perhaps the shape of the room doesn’t quite accommodate the furniture perfectly. Some things are just not practical to change. However there will be some details (and these will vary from person to person), that are top priorities.

  • Your designer and supplier must know what really matters to you.

At Black Rok we endeavour to elicit this information early on in the design process so that the things that really matter to you are included from the beginning.

6 – Know when to compromise

Planning and designing a new kitchen is a complex task. There are of course challenges along the way, some will be dealt with by your supplier and some will need your input too. Overcoming these challenges not only involves making decisions about how best to deal with them but also deciding if they are worth addressing at all.

  • Prioritise your wants and needs, it is vital to ensure that the important elements are in place.

Invariably, there will be some ideas that might not be prudent to pursue. Perhaps they will be too costly, complicated, or time-consuming to implement.

7 – Choosing your kitchen supplier

How do you choose your supplier? An initial search on the web, and then perhaps a tour of showrooms from your shortlist? Maybe, you’ll know someone who can recommend a particular kitchen company.

You’ll have to reassure yourself that whoever you choose will be able to satisfy your own particular requirements. Do your supplier’s payment and work schedules fit with you? Do they use tried and trusted materials and appliances? What do their past customers say about their work?

8 – Budget

Money: some people don’t like to talk about it (and some certainly do!). It is however a necessary and vital part of the design process. Some seemingly insignificant elements swallow up a large proportion of cost: expensive appliance choices, elaborate worktop designs, etc.

  • It is important to have a realistic idea of how much you want to spend and what you want to spend it on.

Materials and appliances obviously account for a large share of any construction project. But there will be other costs that should be accounted for when setting your budget. Ancillary works and tradespeople, installation and of course design; good design takes time and therefore money. Your kitchen supplier should have a pretty good idea of all the elements that combine to make your kitchen, and they will help you to work within the budget you have set.

9 – Aftercare

Yes, ovens and surfaces need cleaning, bins need emptying, appliances need to be maintained. Some of these are easier to do depending on the decisions that have been made at the beginning.

  • Speak to your supplier or designer about kitchen aftercare; they should be able to let you know how keep your kitchen looking great for many years to come.

It is also worth considering how your kitchen will be used and in what sort of environment. A busy family kitchen is likely to endure a few more bangs and bumps, especially with young kids around. Certain design elements are more durable than others. Make sure your designer knows the sort of life your kitchen will experience.

10 – Enjoy

Of course we hope and expect that you’ll enjoy your new kitchen enormously, regardless of who supplies it. The enjoyment is something to look forward to when the workmen have packed their bags and waved goodbye.

But, imagine it now. Think ahead about the pleasures your new kitchen will bring, this will help you during the design, ordering and planning. Do you enjoy seeing fantastic colours? Or, perhaps, the feel of the luxurious materials. And what about the very reason for a kitchen: the cooking and the eating.

  • Imagine your perfect kitchen, what makes it such an enjoyable and rewarding place to be?

Be sure to build these elements into the planning and be sure that your kitchen designer knows what your dream kitchen is all about.

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D.M.N.M GutteridgeD.M.N.M Gutteridge
22:08 21 Mar 24
Thoroughly recommend the Black Rok team. We put in a new kitchen and got excellent advice through the planning process. We asked to see a number of different layout options on the computer and Jamie was very patient and helpful. The installation team were first rate and took great pride in their work. Overall very satisfied.
Linda WoodhouseLinda Woodhouse
16:39 05 Dec 23
Having downsized, I was somewhat daunted by the prospect of turning my narrow, shadowy, U-shaped, very basic kitchen into one that I actually wanted to spend time in. I now have a light, airy, functional space with practical ‘innards’ and modern, intuitive appliances. Thanks to Jamie and Ed the kitchen layout has been totally transformed and the best use has been made of the space with a sleek handle-less design and contemporary narrow worktops. Both Jamie and Ed have communicated professionally and openly at all stages of the project and Ed was even instrumental in steering me towards my final colour choices! I would thoroughly recommend Black Roc for their design and fitting capabilities.
steven eckhardtsteven eckhardt
15:00 20 Nov 23
WOW! Black Rok did a really fabulous job job with both design and fit. We have a high quality contemporary kitchen and appliances. The fit was done in just a few days with care and precision. We have had no issues but Black Rok have kept in touch and visited to ensure we are satisfied which of course we are. Fabulous colour and all very functional. Great decision to use Black Rok and we have no hesitation in recommending them.
Nigel BraggNigel Bragg
16:08 17 Apr 23
We have nothing but positive things to say about the team at Black Rok Kitchen Design. Having spent 3-4 years dithering over getting a new kitchen, we finally decided to take the plunge last year. We had 2 criteria: a sleek, modern, German style kitchen provided by an independent, local business with impeccable references. After coming across the Black Rok website, we were immediately taken by the striking designs and reassured by the volume of glowing customer testimonials along with photographs of recent projects. From the moment we met with Jamie in the Uckfield showroom, it was clear that he understood what we were looking for. Although we had some pretty fixed ideas on design and layout, Jamie was able to take those ideas and enhance them seamlessly into an overall design scheme that exceeded our expectations in all departments. We had a few design meetings, several phone calls and email conversations, and within fairly short order were signing off on a final specification for delivery in early 2023. In the lead up to installation, communication was great and the technical drawings provided by Jamie for layout of plumbing and electrical services were described by our builder as the most detailed and accurate he had come across. Indeed the Black Rok team came onto site during the preparation works to meet with our builder and electricians to ensure a smooth installation process. Everything was delivered on time and exactly to the agreed budget. The cabinets and interiors are really well made and constructed with an engineered precision you might expect of a German manufacturer. The installation team of Ed, Zac and Jake were really personable, treated our home with great respect and worked extremely efficiently to ensure the kitchen was installed quickly and accurately. They solved every problem posed to them, displaying great attention to detail and tidying up diligently at the end of each day. We are utterly delighted with the new kitchen, which certainly delivers a "wow" moment when friends and family come to visit. The quality of the workmanship is incredible value for the overall price paid. We still pinch ourselves when walking into the room and are so pleased with ourselves for choosing Black Rok.
philip mccabephilip mccabe
07:30 11 Jan 23
Fantastic, intelligent and responsive service from Jamie and Ed from start to end. The kitchen design stood out from the beginning for its attention to detail and a real understanding of what we wanted from the space. They recommended excellent builders and then worked with them to make sure that the end result was picture perfect to the design. Fitting was spot on from a skilled, diligent team and we were never kept waiting. Issues with 3rd party appliances were dealt with in a way which made it crystal clear that our satisfaction was the priority. Brilliant. Easy 5 Stars.
Helen DaviesHelen Davies
19:03 24 Oct 22
We are so pleased we elected to go with Black Rok kitchens, as they have designed and installed the kitchen of our dreams! Throughout the process, from design to installation we were reassured by the professionalism of Jamie and Ed. Jamie created a fantastic design for our kitchen and suggested ideas we had not previously considered and the installation by Jake, Zak and Ed has been completed to an exceptionally high standard! Nothing was too much trouble. If you're considering upgrading your kitchen, don't hesitate to contact Black Rok, you won't regret it.