The Design Process

At Retreat Design our design philosophy is to bring clients a touch of European style that is sophisticated and technologically superior, yet functional and livable.


Retreat Design offers a comprehensive, professional and consultative design process, undertaken by qualified and experienced designers.


Initial Design Consultation

The first step is for one for the Retreat Design designers to meet the client on-site to discuss the project requirements as well as take general measurements of the space. This is a critical step in the design process as it allows the designer to understand the client’s vision and specifically the client’s requirements from a functional, design aesthetic and budget perspective.


First Draft Design Concept

An initial meeting is usually held in the Subiaco showroom as this allows clients to go through the existing kitchen showroom ranges to get a hands-on feel of what the end product will look like. The 1st round of proposed drawings are presented in Sketch-up to provide a 3D visualisation of the space


This first draft meeting is designed to be a two way process of seeking feedback to perfect the design. At this stage the designer can introduce individual product selection ideas, basic costings, colour palettes and story boards.


Design Consolidation

The conversation between client and designer continues with a focus on refining the design as well as identifying fixtures and fittings, from tiles to electrical appliances. This stage often requires site meetings with specific trades, such as electricians, plumbers and tillers, to establish the construction and trade costs associated with the project.


Through the consolidation process, the designer aims to not only sign off the design with the client, but also clarify all costs associated with the project, so that the costs of the project are as transparent as possible.


Final Sign off

The designer will provide a final set of detailed drawings as well as an itemised, costed product selection sheet, which the client will sign to proceed with the project. Before the cabinetry is put in to production, our project manager, also a cabinet maker with over 20 years experience, will do a final site measure and review of the plans.


As Retreat Design cabinetry is manufactured in Europe, there is a 12 week lead time before the installation and project management may commence. For more information on the kitchen renovation process and/or bathroom renovation process please see the links below.


To take a look at our ‘tips for a successful renovation’ please click here.


One of our experienced designers would love to chat to you about your next project. Book your free design consultation by calling us on 61011190 or alternatively click here to email.