East London is located on South Africa's South East coast. Affectionately called "Buffalo City" by the locals, East London is known, among other elements, for its picturesque beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. This differentiates it from Cape Town's (much) cooler Atlantic Ocean seaside setting.
Since the town was founded in the 19th century (in 1836), East London flaunts a collection of vintage, historical buildings. One of the most renowned is Gately House, which was built in 1878, was declared a national monument in 1973, and is still furnished in period-style furniture. In fact, the majority of furniture and decorations that can be seen today belonged to the original owners.
In terms of property prices, East London is much more accommodating than Cape Town, known as the most expensive metro. In 2016, for instance, when lots of new developments hit East London's property market, R1.22 million was the average asking price for a small home in Cape Town. This was in strong contrast to the price of a small house in East London, which was priced at R750 000.
Even though kitchen design is usually considered as part of the interior design industry, Kitchen Planner / Designer is actually a distinct, stand-alone profession. An Interior Designer does not necessarily work in kitchen planning / fitting, and vice versa.
Kitchen Planners are responsible for creating, remodelling, and/or updating clients' kitchens, whether in residential homes or industrial spaces like hotel restaurants. Similar to an Interior Designer, a Kitchen Planner will discuss room layout, materials, colours, appliances, and a range of other applicable elements with the client. He or she will also produce sketches, mood boards, and 3D renderings to visualise what the final design will look like before the client approves.
No two kitchen design / renovation projects are necessarily the same. But generally, once a Kitchen Planner is hired for a project, they can:
· Install lighting
· Produce new flooring options
· Recommend new appliances
· Decide where windows and doorways should be placed
· Work on styling up the kitchen's walls (i.e. paint and/or wallpaper)
· Decide on countertops, cabinetry, furnishings and décor.
A Kitchen Planner will usually work on a project with other professionals such as Building Contractors, Electricians, Floorers, Painters, etc.
It is vital for the Kitchen Planner to work with the client to ensure that the entire project remains within budget.
Although fun, a kitchen remodel can also turn out to be a tricky task. Think of all the different questions you can be faced with: What finishes will last the longest? Will my kitchen still be considered trendy in 10 years' time? Will this new design allow for sufficient storage?
So, how does one go about a successful kitchen (re)design? By obtaining a professional Kitchen Planner to make the entire process much easier from day one. Here are the main reasons why people employ Kitchen Planners:
1. They are clued up on new products. It's amazing how many new products, materials, and finishes are launched on a weekly basis in the design industry. Thus, it takes a professional to keep track of everything and keep a clear head when it comes to picking the best products for a new design. Part of what makes a professional Kitchen Planner so efficient is the fact that they regularly attend trade shows, further their education with seminars, and often visit manufacturer representatives to stay up to date with the latest product options.
2. They have the necessary design expertise. Thanks to their training, skills and experience, professional Kitchen Planners can much easily foresee a problem, plus come up with a viable solution. In addition, they can also stretch a budget to get much more out of it than a regular homeowner attempting to redesign his kitchen with DIY skills.
3. They are keen on customer service. Being the professionals that they are, Kitchen Planners take a client's needs and wants into consideration when working on a project. This makes the entire task of remodelling a kitchen much easier on you when unexpected hiccups occur. For instance, if a cabinet that was ordered for the new design is delivered with a damaged surface, the Kitchen Planner will have the contacts to handle that situation, cancelling out stress on the client's side.
4. They are resourceful. As Kitchen Planners work with other professionals in the industry, they have a wealth of resources at their disposal. In a lot of cases, they can organise discounts on certain furnishings, or even obtain access for their clients to exclusive items that are not available to the general public.
5. They are committed to top-notch quality. It's not uncommon for a novice to attempt a DIY kitchen design only to have it all fall apart after a short while. With a Kitchen Planner in charge, you are ensured of first-rate product selections, whether it's the type of wood for new cabinetry, countertops for a kitchen island, or the fabric for upholstered bar stools.