Pietermaritzburg is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the second largest city in the province. The discovery of gold in the 1800s eventually led to the city being founded in 1838, and Pietermaritzburg was claimed as the hotspot for many Brits, which influenced its architectural style.
Even though Pietermaritzburg is still relatively young, it is home to a rich collection of Victorian and Georgian architecture. One of Pietermaritzburg's earliest dated buildings was built and used by the Voortrekkers: The Church of the Vow, which is still in its original location. A variety of other churches and mosques can also be discovered in the city, some of which are older than a century.
A kitchen planner / designer helps to plan and execute the design project for a kitchen, whether it's for a residential space (like a house) or in the commercial industry (such as a hotel or restaurant).
Similar to an architect and an interior designer, a kitchen planner must understand the needs of the client and what they expect from their project in terms of functionality and visual aesthetics. The professional must also be skilled at establishing costs, working with budgets, and informing the client of financial issues throughout the project.
No two kitchen-design projects will be the same, which changes the type of responsibilities that a kitchen planner will face. However, the following tasks are generally what all kitchen planners undertake:
Always check if your kitchen planner charges a consultation fee for a first meeting. And make sure no precious time is wasted (either on your side or theirs) by preparing the following:
1. A wish list: Draw up a list of things that you WANT for your new kitchen, as well as things that you NEED.
2. Your priorities: Knowing what you want out of this project (i.e. a bigger cooking / prepping station, more room for dining) can help you contain your costs.
3. Ideas and photos: Make use of homify and Pinterest (and the rest of the Internet) to collect images that reflect what you want from your new kitchen. Be sure to take this to your first meeting so the kitchen planner can get on board with your personal style and likes.
4. List of appliances: Will your kitchen remodel include all new appliances, or just replacing one or two? Inform your kitchen planner of this so it can be factored into the budget.
5. A budget range: Speaking of costs, inform the professional of what you can spend on the project.
6. Questions for the designer: It always helps to ask the kitchen planner a few questions to help determine if they're the correct person for the job. Your questions will depend on the size and scope of your project, but some good ones to keep in mind can include: