TestimonialsHere are a few of the nice things clients have said about me.
I first heard about Caroline Dunn Design almost three years ago when I’d gone to see a friend’s stunning new kitchen at her home in Leeds. It was so sleek, contemporary and cleverly planned that I was eager to tell my husband about Caroline’s design services as we were about to start a huge renovation project on our own home in Huddersfield.
We approached Caroline and showed her our architect’s plans which included the creation of a large kitchen in a different part of our house alongside an extension for a very large open-plan lounge and dining area. After ascertaining what we liked and required, Caroline created an amazing design, not only for the kitchen but also the whole of the open-plan space which flowed seamlessly from one zone to the next.
We found Caroline extremely helpful, supportive, professional and infinitely patient. Her attention to detail is second-to-none and her design package is rounded off with a detailed mood board of ideas and suggestions, comprehensive kitchen measurements plus innumerable, high-definition visuals from all angles which make the project really come to life and turns your imagined ideas into something quite tangible.
We couldn’t recommend Caroline Dunn Design highly enough to anyone wishing to embark upon any home renovation project.
We are just about to complete a renovation project on our old cottage and took the step of employing Caroline Dunn Design. It was our first foray into using a professional designer and the whole experience has been a very positive one.
Caroline provided designs for our kitchen, ensuite bathroom and shower room. During a home visit she went to a great deal of trouble to ascertain our lifestyle, priorities and budget. She then produced at least 3 designs for each of the rooms, followed by detailed plans and images as well as product suggestions. Using Caroline’s design we purchased our kitchen from DIY Kitchens (who we also highly recommend), and the fitter commented on the extreme usefulness of the virtual images that Caroline produced.
The positives of employing Caroline Dunn Design were numerous but high on the list was that it gave us freedom to consider our options without any rush or pressure, and the ability to source products from the internet and local suppliers most cost effectively. We are convinced that without Caroline’s unerring professionalism and design skills during all stages of the project the transformation of our home would not have been achieved.
GAIL, WEDMORE, SOMERSET
I had been struggling with an awkward bathroom layout and failing products for some time, so when I found Caroline’s website I thought she could be the ideal person to help me find a solution. Over the course of two visits and several conversations by email, we covered lots of possible options and came up with a design that I absolutely love.
I found Caroline to be very knowledgeable, but more importantly very approachable and easy to deal with. She understood completely what I was aiming to achieve and took on board my ideas and tastes, turning it all into a fabulous design that will be a real enhancement to my home.
If you are stuck with a bathroom you don’t know what to do with, I highly recommend you give Caroline a call – you won’t regret it!
You must have wondered if we ever actually finished our kitchen but I’m delighted to say we did! A few hiccups along the way but I’m really pleased with the final result.
We hardly deviated from your plans … and the space is working really well. Here are a few things I love: boiling water tap, plate warming drawer, huge worktop/breakfast bar, the “boot room” effect in the utility room, my “office” area, lots of storage including the large larder cupboard in the utility room and the overall warmth and brightness of the cream with a touch of deep red. The various worktops give me work “stations” rather than just one area that ends up becoming cluttered with prepping, washing up, weighing out etc. I love it!
Caroline has just managed our entire kitchen project from design through to completion. The whole process has been smooth, stress free and thoroughly enjoyable. Caroline is knowledgeable, professional, innovative and really inspires confidence when making decisions. She sourced all our products, liaised with all the tradesmen and fitters and regularly made site visits to check on progress.
We were so overwhelmed when we embarked on our plans to replace our kitchen because we also needed building works done, electrics upgraded, ceilings replaced and new floors. Caroline took it all in her stride and coordinated all the processes required.
We now have the most beautiful kitchen and utility room which we would not have achieved without Caroline’s help. She was there every step of the way and we feel very lucky that we were able to benefit from her expertise. It was an experience we would definitely undertake again. Thank you so much Caroline for everything.
JACKIE & DUNCAN CAMPBELL
CHARLTON KINGS, CHELTENHAM
Caroline interpreted the brief for our kitchen superbly, responding with an original, contemporary and truly inspiring design. We loved it all so much that we’ve pretty well executed it 100%. From the atmospheric, ambience creating lighting, to the combination of different textures of exposed brick, wood and glass. Her design has genuinely transformed and enhanced our day to day family living, and been much admired. And it gave us the perfect environment in which to host a family Christmas.
Caroline also helped us at very short notice with the layout, design, look and feel for our loft conversion. She recommended creating a ‘master suite’ comprising bedroom, en suite and dressing room. Again, the combination of different lighting, contemporary furniture and soft furnishings has given us an amazing luxurious space akin to a boutique hotel.
Caroline is instinctive, insightful, and inspiring. She is extremely talented and an absolute pleasure to work with. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
MANDY & PETE BROWN
I found Caroline’s website through Google, and was impressed by the work that I saw there, but Caroline impressed me even more in person. She has been fantastic throughout the process of designing our dream kitchen: from the first contact, where she was extremely helpful and clear, through to the meetings we have had in person and on the phone, Caroline has been a creative and trustworthy guiding hand. Her creative eye has helped to give shape to our imaginings, and she has taken into consideration our needs in the kitchen, while also improving the vision that we originally had. I could not recommend her more highly!
PARSONS GREEN, LONDON SW6
Caroline listened to my preferences and half-formed ideas, improved them and made them viable. Wonderful to work with. Would highly recommend.
BATTERSEA, LONDON SW11
I have just had my kitchen designed by Caroline Dunn. I was completely delighted with the process and the result. Caroline has great vision and ideas, her attention to detail was spot on. We now have a design that has surpassed my expectations and will work really well for us a family, both practically and aesthetically.
Caroline Dunn designed three bathrooms for us for our listed Cotswold Mill House. The work she carried out was exemplary, the designs were fabulous and the specifications were detailed enough for us to give the document to our builder and say “cost and build this”.
Caroline had a good grasp of what we were looking for and had a practical approach in that she didn’t specify change for change sake and made use of existing infrastructure where she could.
The work was carried out on time and to budget and we would highly recommend Caroline.
Caroline was a pleasure to work with. She listened carefully to our ideas and ‘wish list’ and came up with several plans for us to think about. Having gone through the pros and cons of each design with her we felt able to make an informed choice as to our final design.
Caroline was always easy to reach and had time to discuss any queries or changes with us.
We would be more than happy to recommend Caroline to anyone needing a truly independent kitchen design service.
We are very pleased we decided to go with an independent designer, and you in particular. Working with you has been a pleasure. I know the work has all been yours but it feels like we worked with you which I think is why it really feels like it will be our kitchen.
KAY & TIM SELLICK
I can’t say enough about how wonderful Caroline Dunn’s design service has been in helping me a get a better kitchen than I could ever have imagined. She understood what I wanted, suggested ideas that I would never have thought of, was available for discussions, gave advice, was easy to talk to, and saved me money. Anyone who is thinking of a kitchen project should seriously consider getting Caroline’s very professional assistance.
… I have to say I really love everything about my kitchen. I kept very closely to the design we originally worked on as it was everything I wanted. I think my kitchen is amazing and anybody who visits is really impressed. I do recommend you to anyone who mentions they might want a kitchen. You enabled me to really think through what I might like prior to jumping in, and seeing the plans meant that I had a good idea visually as to what it would look like prior to starting. Thank you so much – you did a great job!!
The kitchen looks amazing. I stood there for 10 mins this morning just looking at it. You did a fantastic job on the layout. We are very happy – we have of course blown the budget … but completely worth it.
Thanks Caroline, this pack is fantastic. Having these plans will undoubtedly make the whole process of finishing the interior much, much easier. We wish we had plans like this for our whole house now!! Many thanks again, you have helped us find a design which we feel is much better suited for the space than the original plans we had.
Sorry it’s taken some time to get the photos to you but here is our gorgeous kitchen. We are absolutely delighted with it. All the time taken in the planning and detail paid off as it totally works and we really do feel we have our perfect kitchen with wow factor. Having the time to focus on the design prior to taking it to various kitchen suppliers was by far the preferred way, saving time with them and enabling us to negotiate the best deal too. I have already recommended you to a number of people.
We knew what we wanted to achieve in our kitchen, but were going round in circles and not getting anywhere. Until that is we engaged Caroline. She took on board all of our requirements, and worked closely with us to produce a design which worked, yet also looked and felt ‘right’ within the confines of the space we had. Her knowledge, thoroughness , experience and willingness to work both with us and the installers meant that we now have a wonderful kitchen which is suited exactly to our needs and requirements. Without Caroline, we would still be floundering!
As the weeks roll by and we grow increasingly familiar with our new kitchen, we are appreciating more and more Caroline’s skill and expertise. On her first visit, she listened closely to what we wanted of the new kitchen, how we used the room, what was wrong with the current one, and generally assessed our desires for filling the space in the style we wanted. She focussed our minds on features we hadn’t considered, and encouraged us to be realistic about what could be achieved – occasionally, gently suggesting what wasn’t possible! She also ensured that the design would be within our budget.
As our ideas changed and developed, Caroline continued to advise and suggest, and to incorporate the amendments we wanted, finding solutions to particular difficulties. With a few compromises, she even managed to achieve putting a quart into a pint pot! When the final design was produced, it was tailored to our brief, creating a kitchen with style and balance, ergonomic and convenient, in which it is a pleasure to work. Her plans were very detailed and accurately measured – a feature which the kitchen installers particularly appreciated when all the units dovetailed into place.
We are still amazed that she has designed a kitchen which feels much larger yet has more storage, and more work surfaces. There is nothing we would change and we would thoroughly recommend Caroline’s services.
While my architect was completing the overall design for my new house I asked Caroline to work on the detailed layout for the kitchen. I wanted to make sure the location of the island, the appliances and the units was finalised before construction started so all the services could be connected in the right places and any changes to the positions of walls, doors and windows could be addressed before it became difficult and expensive to alter them.
Lots of people will design a kitchen for you but mostly their priority is selling you their products rather than offering impartial and expert advice. I wanted someone who would look at my requirements and come up with the best design possible within the constraints of the space and budget available. Caroline provided some really useful feedback on my initial brief and then came up with several alternative designs which she refined into a final layout based on my feedback.
Caroline is a pleasure to work with. She kept me updated at every step of the way via a combination of phone and email and the finished drawings look great. The 3D renderings are very realistic and provide a really good impression of how the finished kitchen will look. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Caroline to anyone looking for a similar service.
DR DAVID BROOKE
My wife and I engaged Caroline to design the kitchen in our new farm house in the Cotswolds.
We decided to use an independent designer so that we could have the freedom to choose our own supplier and get competitive prices on a like for like basis.
Caroline fulfilled our brief extremely well. She interpreted our requirements carefully, whilst at the same time gently challenged some of our prejudices about how the kitchen ought to work.
A site visit was arranged, during which Caroline took measurements and discussed our kitchen ambitions. After a couple of revisions a final draft set of plans was produced which we signed off and a printed version was sent. What I particularly liked was the fact Caroline drafted both plans and elevations with good attention to detail.
I have no hesitation is recommending Caroline to anyone who wants to take a more progressive approach to getting their kitchen designed.