An independent source of kitchen design advice & ideas
Our BRONZE Kitchen Design Service is basically an on-line kitchen design service (except that you get a professional design for your kitchen ... you don't have to do it yourself). Designing kitchens isn't rocket science but it's like most things, if you do it every day, for a living, then you have a better idea of what can and can't be done, than if you're doing it for the first time. Some people also have more of a flair for design than others.
The Bronze Service is not, by any means, a poor quality service (just compare the quality of the visualisations below, with CAD pictures you see elsewhere), but it doesn't include any travelling time, on our part, or any time spent measuring walls. The original measurements and wish list are all provided by you. Majjie remains sitting comfortably at her desk ... hence the basic cost is only £150. For standard kitchen units and small to medium sized kitchens, the basic price can include one major, or several minor, alterations to the plan - all of which are discussed and completed by e-mail.
For those of you who just want visualisations of your existing kitchen plan - and don't need a detailed plan and unit list - then you will either get more design options for your money (you can look at different finishes for floors, walls, worktops etc) ... or we may be prepared to offer a discount on the price (but not if you're using extensively modified or bespoke units - or if your kitchen is very large). Please send details of your kitchen first.
Once you have your design and are happy with the layout, you can then print out your master plan (or get us to send you a hard copy, for a small extra charge of £25) and take it to a number of suitable suppliers for quotes - knowing that the prices will be on a strictly like-for-like basis and that it's the best plan for your room (not tailored to sell you any particular range of units). It's also well worth asking your supplier for a discount for providing your own plan (although big national suppliers like Wickes and IKEA won't give you one!).
We can advise on what sort of supplier, or what sort of kitchen units to look for and can sometimes recommend an actual kitchen company ... depending on your location.
(all are photorealistic visualisations, except the top views which are computer drawings, and the plan which is - well - a plan!)
Have a look at the top view of this kitchen:
It's a typical small - awkward - UK kitchen ... which needed to have a seating area and to accommodate a washing machine. It also has a boiler on the wall, an area under the stairs with sloping ceiling ... and the budget for the new kitchen was fairly small. This is the final version - after three or four revisions - all completed within the basic Bronze Kitchen Design price. This kitchen also features in our design gallery. Here are a few of the final visualisations:
Now have look at the kitchen below. It's a much bigger kitchen, including a small utility room. Here's the top view:
For this size of kitchen (the floor area is over 30 sq.m, excluding the utility room) only one design would be included in the basic Bronze Design price - a detailed plan and unit list, or alterations to the plan - would all cost extra. Here are some of the visualisations:
Below is another big open plan kitchen, that was entirely designed using the Bronze Kitchen Design Service - with additional charges for the extra work involved. First here's a copy of the final plan - it includes a fairly large utility room and furniture in the dining/living areas:
This one was a bespoke painted kitchen, with oak furniture in the living area (the cabinetmaker was just waiting to make it). Here are some of the visualisations:
A lot of the designs we're asked to do are traditional ones - because not all cabinetmakers and joiners are great at kitchen design (and because, these days, you can buy traditional kitchens with shaker style painted doors on the internet but there's no design service). It's also the case that many suppliers of traditional style kitchens don't understand how to design an unfitted look into a fitted kitchen - they just do the design as if they were using standard modular units. The kitchen below was designed for a couple who had almost despaired of getting a design to suit their quirky old farmhouse. It has no wall units as such but plenty of storage.
Modern kitchens are, perhaps, more often bought from showrooms where you see a modern style on display - but not all of the designs from those showrooms are very good. Modern designs need to have clean lines - but they shouldn't be too simplistic. This one, for instance, has an L-shaped peninsula. The island - that the showroom wanted to put in - just didn't work very well:
Of course, small kitchens are more the norm, for the Bronze Kitchen Design Service. This one went through several colour changes (all within the basic price) before we got to the final version:
Modern kitchens with flat, high gloss doors are very popular at the moment but they don't have to be minimal in style. You can mix and match colours and finishes.
Whether the design is modern or traditional, it's important that the kitchen suits you and how you want to use it. Consider the whole room and look at free standing furniture and accessories as well as the kitchen units. The kitchen below has a big table and chairs, a mobile butcher's block trolley and, over in the corner, there's a big noticeboard system - for the family to keep track of what everyone's doing:
If you'd like to purchase our Bronze Kitchen Design Service, then you can make an on-line payment by clicking on the link here. In return for your payment, you'll receive a downloadable pdf file, telling you what information we need and what extra information/details would be helpful. If you have any questions at all, then drop us an e-mail, or give us a ring.
(Apologies if the kitchen pictures don't look great on your screen ... they look lovely on our laptop ...
but a little bit dark on the pc)