There’s no doubt the pandemic has changed the way we live – our homes have become multi-functional safe havens, home offices and sanctuaries. Buying a new kitchen or bathroom can be a long and overwhelming process, but nowadays it can actually seem like mission impossible. But, let me tell you, it’s not!
From virtual appointments to digital planning tools, here’s how to actually shop for a new kitchen or bathroom…
Try virtual planning tools
There are plenty of interactive design tools for you to visualise your dream space. Design an improved version of your kitchen, or start a bathroom project from scratch from your sofa. Some of these planning apps allow you to customise your home through virtual reality, making it easier for you to see how the project would turn out.
Think about the investment
Be it a small update or a full renovation, it’s best to plan your budget ahead to ensure your project runs smoothly. Here are our top tips for successfully setting a budget for a new kitchen or bathroom. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered – here is how much of your budget to allocate on the essentials as a starting guide.
Call showrooms and do your research
Have a look online at kitchen and bathroom companies, read testimonials and ask your friends and family for suggestions. With new guidelines, the tier system and the uncertainty of lockdown, it’s best to call kitchen or bathroom showrooms in advance to make sure you either book an appointment with a designer, or a safe visit to browse through displays.
Get inspiration from social media
Create moodboards on Pinterest or have a good scroll on Instagram to see real projects or save design ideas in a collection. Plus, here at These Three Rooms we’ve got plenty of design tips to help get your renovation started. So, make sure you gather lots of ideas for your new kitchen or bathroom before your appointment with a designer or showroom.
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Book virtual appointments
Got your moodboard ready and plenty of ideas of how you’d like your new space to look like? Then, book a video call with a professional designer to run through your project plan and ask for advice and recommendations. We’ve all gotten quite used to Zoom calls by now, so getting professional help from the comfort of your home doesn’t sound so bad, right? Plus, you will be able to show them around your fitted kitchen or bathroom and explain your vision for the new space better.
Look for local and independent retailers nearby
Small businesses have been affected by the pandemic, so if you’re looking to buy a new kitchen or bathroom, have a look near you at the family-run businesses that could be right on your doorstep. We’ve launched the Close To Home initiative to showcase their amazing work and help you get your project off the ground. Browse through our Directory to find design specialists close to you. Once you’ve found the right experts to help you achieve your dream space, work closely with them to ensure even the finest details are perfected.
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