From “Don’t know where to start” to “This is what I want!”


Finding out what matters

In all the years we have been designing kitchens the only thing they all have in common is that they are all different. There simply isn’t ‘one size fits all.’ Sure, there are certain principles we try and adhere to that we know work but what makes a kitchen really special is that it truly reflects the individual wants and needs of the client.

Getting to what really matters is a bit of an art. Over the years we’ve developed a system we call the discovery phase. It’s simply an hour or so of questions, demonstrations and ideas. We thought it might be useful to show you how this looks so below there’s an example from one of our recent discovery sessions.

And if you’re not quite ready to book a meeting then check out our Brochure. It goes deep into these areas, there’s a link below. It’s not just pictures of beautiful kitchens it’s written to help you learn what’s possible and help you find out what really matters to you.

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I want to stand at the hob, drinking a beer whilst watching Man Utd on my 60 inch TV.

And when it’s my turn to empty the dishwasher (which it always is!) I want to be able to put everything away without taking more than two steps. If I’m making a cup of tea I want to be able to complete the whole process without needing to walk from one end of the kitchen to another.

And if we have friends over, I want them to be able to socialise with me whilst not getting in my ‘cooking space.’ I want my kitchen to look minimal but I don’t want it to look cold.

I don’t want lots of storage because I will just end up storing lots of pointless stuff but I want the storage I do have to be highly functional where I can see and access everything easily.

I don’t want over complicated appliances, I just want rock solid, well made ones that will last and last. I want a sink area that’s next to the bin and the dishwasher. And I want an area where I can deal with making breakfast.

I don’t need acres of worktops as they will just be a dumping ground but I want at least one dedicated prep area where I can peel and chop and not be fighting with the toaster.

And at night I want the space to light up elegantly, I don’t want Blackpool illuminations but I want the lighting to blend subtle sophistication with practical functionality.

And when it comes to the style, I want simple lines, I don’t like fussy, and I want something timeless where the doors and drawers close with soft, damping and keep on doing it for years and years to come.

Oh and make it easy to clean. I accept that ketchup will always be ketchup but I want it to be easy to wipe down. And I need somewhere for my beer and even more important, I need somewhere for my wife’s wine. Happy wife, happy life!!!

Book your discovery session now!

It’s an hour of learning and at the end of that process we’ll know what you want but even more important than that, so will you.

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.