Upon setting out to build a house or plan an extension most intrepid self builders will decide that an architect should be their first port of call, as architects have become the recognised gatekeepers to the planning maze!
Without an architect nothing much can happen and in many instances a project may not even get permission to go ahead without an architect issuing an invoice. But in the blur of ambition and blind determination to get a project off the ground are clients missing the point and leaving their kitchen dreams at the mercy of architectural limitation?
In many ways the tried and tested methods that we follow have evolved from a compartmentalised ideology of interiors whereby the kitchen found itself architecturally incarcerated and labelled as a human requirement instead of being appreciated as the real design influencer it has become today.
With kitchen design now continually evolving to surpass the expectations of its users it may be time to rethink the procedural protocol of building development and start designing our domestic buildings from the inside out.
Architecture may be perceived as being the purest form of art allowing individuals to become physically and emotionally connected to their surroundings but surely the furniture, and personal design choices that through their very purpose receive daily tactile adoration by their human cohabitants must be allowed to have a seat that this influential table.
If buildings are not planned correctly with mutual consideration given by each and every design discipline they will simply add value through additional floor space and miss the opportunity to provide multi-level satisfaction to those living there.
Imagine your disappointment if you found that your dream kitchen was compromised though the incorrect positioning of a wall, or if you found that the opportunity to architecturally integrate the more cumbersome items in your kitchen had been missed due to your kitchen designer not being consulted until the latter stages of the process. Worse still, what would you say if the unsanctioned placement of kitchen services restricted your design to the point that the island you always dreamt of was not longer an option because the under floor heating had been fitted and the screed was poured!
Clients now need to take a multi channel approach to designing a new building or extension, establishing a viable architectural footprint with an architect while adopting a more fluid approach to the interior and developing specific kitchen, bathroom and interior designs with associated professionals.
The modern kitchen now helps to define the home; who you are, what you like and who you aspire to be. It would be a real shame if the rare chance to design the kitchen of your dreams was missed or compromised by not considering its design in the early stages of the process!!