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Tom Howley Kitchen Conversations – A Q&A with Kitchen Designer, Richard

Starting a new kitchen project often entails navigating a myriad of questions. From layout decisions to material selections and budgets, every choice plays a vital role in crafting a space that perfectly aligns with your vision and lifestyle.

Recognising the complexity of this process, we’ve launched a new Q&A series titled ‘Tom Howley Kitchen Conversations’. In this series, we aim to address your questions and shed light on crucial aspects of kitchen design to empower you with knowledge and confidence. First up, we have Richard, one of our talented Altrincham showroom kitchen designers.

Q: How would you guide clients who are unsure about starting their kitchen design journey?

A: When designing a new kitchen, the first step is to visit one of our showrooms. Here, we can showcase our offerings, present different collections and cabinet styles, and assist in organising the entire process for you. Then, we delve into understanding your kitchen’s purpose. Is it meant for entertaining? Are you a cooking enthusiast with a plethora of gadgets? Do you require ample pantry storage? We then compile a list, a wish list, of all the features you desire in the new design.

During this discussion, we explore appliance options, worktops, and cabinet selections. This helps us outline the budget, providing a clear understanding of the financial aspects. By the end of this meeting, we will establish a reasonable working budget. Next, we commence with the design phase, crafting a plan tailored to your preferences. We then schedule a follow-up meeting in two to three weeks to present our proposed design.

Luxury Green Kitchen

Q: What are the benefits of a bespoke kitchen?

A: The furniture we craft is bespoke, tailored precisely to your specifications, and made to order. Every detail is considered, ensuring longevity and durability. Unlike kitchens that require frequent replacements, our pieces are designed to endure for over twenty-plus years.

We take the time to delve into how you use the space so that when you walk into it after we’ve effectively handed it over to you, post-installation, you know where everything is. Whether you’re hosting elegant gatherings or preparing a simple meal for two on a Tuesday evening, our designs facilitate effortless functionality. Additionally, should you decide to sell your home in the future, our furniture will enhance its value and appeal to potential buyers.

Q: How long does a Tom Howley kitchen project take?

A: If no construction work is necessary and we’re simply replacing the existing kitchen with one of our designs, decisions can be made relatively quickly. We can assist you throughout this process. The installation typically takes about four to five weeks, depending on the project’s size and complexity. Our installation teams are available to discuss this further with you.

Q: How much does a Tom Howley kitchen cost?

A: Determining the cost of a Tom Howley kitchen is quite challenging as it hinges on various factors, such as the size of your space, your preferred furniture type, specific details, features, and key cabinet requirements. Additionally, the cost can vary significantly based on the suite of appliances you choose to include. During the initial consultation and subsequent design presentation, we guide you through understanding the origins of these cost components. We ensure that you comprehend the overall cost breakdown and are comfortable with the numbers at each stage of the process.

Dark Green Modern Kitchen

Q:  Could you share the nicest client feedback you’ve received?

A: The most heartwarming feedback came from a delightful couple from Lydon. Initially, they anticipated a typical hard-sell experience. However, midway through the design process, the client pulled me aside and shared his initial apprehension. He expressed gratitude for our nurturing and attentive approach throughout the process. The phrase he used was, you treated us like a friend or a family member. I really look after my customers. We all do. At Tom Howley, we prioritise customer care, and knowing that our efforts were appreciated in such a genuine manner was truly heartening.

If you’d like to talk to one of our kitchen designers about your project, book a free design consultation or visit one of our showrooms to explore our exquisite collections.