Planning A Kitchen Remodel? Read This First

Kitchen remodel

A kitchen is more than just cabinets and crockery, which is why remodelling the hub of the home is a big deal and not something to be approached rashly. Think about how you use your kitchen. Is it more for cooking or congregating? Is it family-friendly or a relaxed hangout for you and your friends? Next, consider what it is you want from your kitchen, whether that’s more space or simply updating the decor.

Although a kitchen remodel can seem extremely daunting, when it’s done to the highest standard it can instantly raise the value of your home, provide you with a more functional cooking space, and make you the envy of all of your friends. These tips are the first steps to green-lighting your project.

Get Inspired

This is the fun part. Look for pictures of your dream kitchen in books, magazines and on the internet. You could gather your design ideas into a folder or create a board on Pinterest, an online visual bookmarking tool. Then, analyze the existing space by taking plenty of measurements to get a clear idea of the dimensions of your current layout. Consider every aspect of the room, from architectural details to the materials you wish to incorporate.

Consider These Factors

The number one factor you should always keep in mind is your budget. Are you looking for a full-scale renovation or a surface-level kitchen update? Decide how much you can spend, not forgetting to save 10% of your budget for the unexpected, and set up an Excel document to keep track of your expenses, making sure to check it regularly.

This will help you differentiate between needs and desires, so you can decide where to splurge and where to save. As an example, a must-have might be new kitchen cabinets as your current ones are hanging off their hinges, and on your wish-list could be an eco-friendly induction cooktop to replace an energy-hungry hob.

Talk To An Expert

Visit a showroom and get advice from a professional kitchen designer. Hiring a pro is well worth the investment as they’ll be able to help with space planning, choosing fixtures and finishes, ordering products and managing your project from start to finish. Plus, their remodel expertise can save you a lot of money, time and frustration.

It’s important to spend as much time as possible getting the design right from the outset, as this will limit the amount of majors changes made during the project itself. A quality kitchen designer will sit down with you, listen to your ideas and if they can’t put all of them in place, then they will be able to provide alternative solutions.

Not sure where to start? Then why not take a look at Black Rok Kitchen Designs Recent Projects to see if any of our kitchens make your wish your list.

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.