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Where do you start & finish

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Where do you start & finish?

Budget, time and space seem to be the common limiters for projects.

Budget nearly always comes first; few of us have such a limitless budget we can have anything we desire.

Time is often the next big consideration.

Then Space appears as the head ache that worries everyone.

These are all regular worries and your professional is used to dealing with them.

There are so many really good kitchen products on the market these days that an attractive, functional option is available for every budget. Colour, texture and performance are available at all budget levels, and your professional will be able to show you the options. Certain styles, designs or materials may only be available at higher price points. Imitations of these products are often disappointing. This is where a professional will assist in the process of deciding how to shrink / expand your budget: by providing realistic choices and reliable advice.

Time frames can be estimated by all professionals. Most will advise against rushing as this usually leads to compromise. Where time lines are unrealistic consider doing the project in stages. This option maintains the quality of the project and your sanity.

Spatial planning is where your professional will really shine. They know their product tolerances.  Work zone requirements, how you like to cook, clean and live helps them to plan these areas to truly meet your needs.



Who are the Professionals

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Who Do You Contact? Who are the professionals?

 What are their roles?

  • Architect

Designs the over-all concept of a project. Commonly concentrates on the building fabric and finishes, spatial sizes and interaction between these spaces. Sometimes designs a project completely through to door knobs & furnishings.

  • Interior Designer

Designs the lay-out and facility placement with-in the spaces provided by the architect. They consult with the architect to ensure that the vision of the project is maintained. (air-con ducts, wiring plans, plumbing plans etc.)

  • Interior decorator

Colours, furniture, furnishings and their placement, textures, light levels and how they can be balanced. Brings your personality to the project.

  • Project Manager

Ordering and supply of materials. Co-ordination of trades. Maintaining time-line to meet completion dates and budget.

  • Prime Contractor (usually builder)

The contractor who is responsible for the bulk of the build.

  • Sub-Contractors

Specialized trades that are responsible for sections of the build.


Which one will be best for you?

Like all things in life there are many roads to the destination of a finished project.

The size and complexity of a project will often determine which professional you approach to oversee your project. For many of us it is as simple as visiting a friend or family member and liking their project that decides us that this is someone you can trust and would like to work with.

Trust is a major factor in the project’s journey. You must feel confident and happy with how your project will be handled. Book a preliminary meeting, a have a good chat, then check the credentials of your chosen professionals with their industry bodies/ associations. If you still have doubts, contact another in the same profession and see how you feel then.

Whoever you contact first, most professionals have a network of other professionals to suggest if your project needs more specialized input than they can provide.

The Decision

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The Decision.

To me the idea of renovation is daunting and I’m married to a builder.

For most of us the thought of a whole new room is lovely. The TV renovation shows make it look easy. They stress over paint colours and appliance finishes, demolish vast areas of a building and rebuild them. Move a door here, add a window there, and loose as many internal walls as possible.

The owners very wisely never see this. They come back for the “surprise” at the end.

The reality for all of us not on a “make over” show is very different; it often takes an event to spur us into action.

Once the decision to begin is made “everything” starts.

Decisions come thick and fast.

Who do you contact?

Where do you start and finish?

What do you really want?

Is this the right thing to be doing now?  How much should be spent?

This is the time to contact a professional.