Handmade Kitchen Design Process by Joseph John
Shaker style, classically English or contemporary, our handcrafted kitchens are custom designed and built to your own requirements.
But have you ever wondered where to begin when it comes to creating your bespoke kitchen? Here, Joseph John breaks down the bespoke kitchen design process from start to finish.
Step 1: Initial Discussion about your dream kitchen
The journey towards your dream kitchen all begins with a discussion at our showroom office in Worthing, West Sussex.
The most important part of any kitchen design is establishing your wish list. No matter how extravagant this wish list might be, to us as designers, its important. These are the points that your kitchen design must incorporate – whether this be literally or in essence – this wish list establishes the dream kitchen you have in your mind. It also helps to clarify the myriad of ideas you might have which can end up being overwhelming and off putting.
The other important part of this discussion is for you to meet us and get a feel of who we are at Joseph John Ltd. We have showroom cabinetry on display and samples of finishes for you to touch and get a feel for the quality. This all builds up a real image of the designer and the craftsman creating your bespoke kitchen. The story of your bespoke furniture is just as important as the end result. We can have this conversation over the phone or via email but we feel it is important for you as a client to understand who we are in order to decide if we are the right company for you. Handmade kitchens are extremely personal and we feel the relationship between company and client is of real importance.
We can also use this time to discuss the different elements of the kitchen: worktops, taps, sinks, appliances, knobs and handles, colour schemes and paint finishes.
If the room is not built yet and you have technical architects drawings to hand these can also be used for further discussion at this stage, if not, we will then arrange to visit your property and measure up the space.
Step 2: Understanding you & your property
If you do not have architects drawings, we will visit your property. This is not only a great opportunity for us to understand the space, how your home works for you and the style you live by but also for us to get to know you better. This is all equally as important as every other process. We will then use this time to measure up the space and take into account any unique parts of the room that could be used for design elements or practical features.
Step 3: Hand-drawn kitchen design
This is where the design process really begins. We create a hand-drawn design: We have always preferred to put pencil to paper in designing – this way enables us to really represent the style of the design.
We create a mood board of the textures, materials and fixings that will come together to develop the end result. Samples and ironmongery will be organized in preparation for the design presentation. We also create a CAD drawing of the layout of the design so it is clear to you at presentation the order of the design.
Step 4: The big reveal!
At this point you’re invited back to our office showroom for the big reveal – once coffee and biscuits have been provided of course!
This is one of the most exciting parts of the process – you get to see all your thoughts and ideas transformed. We go through the design in detail and provide samples for you to feel and experience.
This presentation is unique compared to most other bespoke kitchen companies as you will not only meet with your designer but also Joseph, our Head Joiner. We feel it’s important for you to meet with both from a practical and design point of view.
This part usually takes about 2 hours – it’s very important at this stage for us to understand that you are happy with the proposed design and go through every detail, no matter how small as any revisions can be made at this meeting.
We also use this time to go through the estimate of the kitchen design. If you’re happy with our design and the budget, we will then ask for the boring part of the process to be completed – paperwork signed and deposit to be made. Then on to more exciting things… this design to become a reality!
Step 5: The dream kitchen beings to become a reality…
Here’s where we can begin creating your handmade kitchen! You’ll work with the same designer that you met at the beginning of the process and who created your bespoke design. They will be your point of call for the entirety of the project. You can turn to them as often as you need to, no matter the size of the query, they are on hand to listen, answer and reassure wherever possible. They provide technical support, organise site visits and ensure everything is running smoothly – from the moment you place your order to the day your new kitchen is fitted and beyond!
Step 6: Getting to work on the kitchen cupboards
When you’re making such an investment as you are with a bespoke kitchen, it’s only natural to be curious about how they’re made. The carcasses are constructed from oak or walnut veneer with the frames made from tulip wood – a durable hard wood. The doors are handcrafted from tulipwood with a moisture resistant fibre board panel to ensure no shrinkage. The drawers are solid oak veneer on high quality soft close runners. Every material we use is sustainably sourced and of the highest quality. Bespoke kitchens are built around you and so need to last for years to come – high quality materials ensure this. Every Joseph John bespoke kitchen is made by hand and we are so proud of this. Once all the cupboards in your kitchen design are made, it’s time for colour.
There are two options which will have been decided upon in your initial design presentation: spray or hand-painted. Both create beautiful yet different looks.
Spray creates far more of a modern smooth look with hand-painted being more popular of traditional styles.
Step 7: Kitchen fit and Installation
When it comes to delivery and installation, we have an expert team of fitters that install Joseph John bespoke kitchens. Investing in a bespoke kitchen also extends to the fit and we feel most comfortable with our own fitters installing your kitchen, ensuring it’s fitted carefully and with full appreciation of how the room should ultimately look. We promise a flawless fit every time.
Step 8: Aftercare
The End! The kitchen has been installed and the little details are complete! Our job is done and we know you will be thrilled with the end result. The relationship we build with you throughout this process (which usually takes between 10-12 weeks) is important to us and we encourage that if you have any questions once the fit has been completed, get in touch!
We craft and install bespoke furniture across West Sussex and the South of England.
Joseph John Carpentry is a truly bespoke furniture company. We are able to design, sculpt and fit beautiful furniture for any room in your home, whether it is a bespoke kitchen, hand-made wardrobe or a unique piece of furniture.
The main areas we cover are in West Sussex, however we are happy to travel further afield.
For additional information or to arrange a complimentary initial consultation, please complete our online contact form or speak to a member of our helpful team in Worthing, West Sussex on +44 (0) 1903 416960. We’d love to hear from you!