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Design and Planning

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This is where the fun begins

Our role as kitchen designers is not quite what you may think; it’s less high-end design and more about asking the right kind of questions and then listening very carefully to the answers. Each and every kitchen we design is unique for one simple reason; the needs and wants of each and every one of our clients is unique.

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The primary expertise we offer is a thorough understanding of the products we sell and the best way they can be used to achieve our client’s goals.

Like most things to do with kitchens, the design process is different every time. You may want a high level of input with your design, or you may want us to take the lead and inspire you, either way we hope you’ll enjoy the process of working with us. There’s a whole world of kitchens out there and we would love to guide you through it.

For some their new kitchen will be years in the making, from the first initial thoughts to making the final decisions on taps and worktops. Each and every kitchen tells a different story and each and every kitchen starts with the design.

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You get to know our kitchens and we get to know you

The first thing we advise our potential clients to do is to visit our showroom in Uckfield. Here you can see, touch and play with a selection of designs, samples and storage ideas to help get you into a kitchen state of mind. Our aim is to show you what is possible with the type of German kitchens we sell. It’s an introduction to our products and just as importantly our work as designers. We worked hard to create a space that gives people the best chance to see exactly what one of our kitchens would be like in their home.

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To achieve a design that works functionally, visually and within your budget we need to get to know what you really want from your new kitchen. This means we need to understand everything from the types and styles you like to the appliances you want right through to the budget we are working to.  This process evolves in many ways depending on the situation. Sometimes we are involved before the house has even been built,  it’s not so much a case of designing a kitchen to fit in the house, it’s more a case of designing the house to accommodate the kitchen. Working with people at the very beginning of the process offers us a chance to ensure the space they are planning to build will work to house the layout they ultimately want. Maybe it’s a large island or built in American refrigeration, there are some things that are well worth considering at the very earliest opportunity.

As kitchen designers the single most important thing we do is listen. It’s more complicated than simply running through a questionnaire, sure there are some Yes/No questions but more often it’s about reading between the lines. Kitchens are complicated things, designing them and utilising the technologies available effectively takes some doing. Ultimately to get it right it’s a question of listening, suggesting and then listening some more. All we can do is present ideas that best reflect what we hear and then continue to refine those ideas until we get it right.

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How long this process takes is different every time too. Sometimes we get it right straight away but more often than not an initial design will undergo a number of revisions and amendments before our customers are completely happy. The same basic kitchen layout can be transformed with intelligent use of lighting, panelling and framing. By understanding how the various surfaces and finishes will interact with one another even the smallest space can be bought to life.

We use state of the art CAD software to produce highly realistic images that show exactly what your kitchen will look like. When we present your designs we will use these images in conjunction with relevant features and samples, that we have on display in our showroom, to bring your kitchen to life. Along with the design we will give you a break down of the price

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Our aim is that you will love your kitchen over the years to come. We want you to have a kitchen that works as efficiently as it can in exactly the way you want it to. We want both the design and the structural integrity of your kitchens to be as good 5 years down the road as it is in on the final day of installation.

So when you are ready to bring your new kitchen to life come in and see us and we’ll get started on the designs.

Call 01825 766976

Stephen WoolmerStephen Woolmer
06:40 24 Jun 24
We would like to thank Jamie and Ed at Black Rok for our amazing German kitchen. From design concept to installation, they have been professional throughout and ensured we have achieved our dream modern kitchen. The quality of the build is what you would expect from a Germany company, but the little details from different draw and cupboard configuration's, to the lighting has made the difference. The quartz worktops are beautiful and the island at nearly 3m long makes this large kitchen so workable and an entertainment area in its self. We even fitted in a large pantry behind the kitchen and Black Rok have ensured we have used this space to its maximum potential. We cannot recommend Black Rok enough for your next dream kitchen.
Lorraine KlusLorraine Klus
10:54 14 Jun 24
There was no hesitation to use Black RoK for our new kitchen pantry utility and plant room in our new house having used them on several projects before. They never fail to do amazing designs and the insulation team are tidy and polite great quality kitchens .
Donna LawDonna Law
19:12 14 May 24
Great service. Such beautiful well made kitchen. High quality highly recommend
John WertheimJohn Wertheim
16:50 29 Apr 24
We love our Black Rok kitchen! Jamie showed amazing patience and design expertise over the two years that it took us to create our vision, at the same time as building our house. Jamie was able to incorporate everything that we wanted, providing great advice and suggestions along the way. The installation was amazing - nothing was too much trouble and the coordination with our builders went perfectly. We have both a beautiful and fully functional space and would thoroughly recommend Black Rok.
Dan ElsonDan Elson
07:31 20 Apr 24
Great service. All the team at Black Rock highly professional. The end result is fabulous. Many thanks Dan
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.
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