Your journey to the perfect kitchen...

Your journey to the perfect kitchen...

… we’ll be with you every step of the way

Careful consideration, planning and good design are key to creating a stunning kitchen you’ll love using, and that adds value to your home. Our talented team, led by owner and kitchen designer Toby Lister, are here to guide you through the process – from design to installation and beyond.

The collaborative design process begins

Visit our showroom

Prior to booking your design appointment, we invite you to visit our kitchen showroom within Shackletons Home and Garden Centre just outside Clitheroe in the Ribble Valley. It features three room-sized Rational kitchen displays, with working Neff appliances, which demonstrate the fabulous design, build and functionality you can expect in your new kitchen.

Book your design appointment

You can book your design appointment by using our online form, calling into our showroom or by calling us on 01200 441995 – you can choose to have your design appointment in our showroom, at your home or via Skype.


At your design appointment, your designer will get to know how you like to cook, and live, to create a new space that works perfectly for you. You can tell us how you picture your dream kitchen – your likes and dislikes. We will then guide you through the array of options in the Rational portfolio, to create a design that’s all yours.

What we need from you

We require plans of the space in question including dimensions, doors, windows and room heights. If you choose a home consultation we can survey the space and take measurements for you.

To create a kitchen design that is the best suited to you, we also require an idea of your budget.

What you can expect from us
  • Kitchen design expertise
  • Friendly and professional service
  • An ability to listen
  • Ideas you may not have considered
  • No hard sell

Your dream kitchen starts to come to life

Guided by our initial consultation, we combine our kitchen design expertise with the use of state-of-the-art software, to produce visuals of your kitchen layout and an initial quotation.

When they are ready (this usually takes 5-7 days), we will invite you to our showroom to talk through the designs and costings. We encourage you to go home with our proposal and decide if you would like to go ahead.

kitchen plan and 3D render

Simplicity is key.
The visuals we will show you will be very neutral – usually all white. The reason for the absence of colour and finishing touches, is to allow us to concentrate on form and function, ensuring the layout works perfectly for you.

Only when we are sure the layout is the best it can be, do we move on to the next stage of deciding on finishes, colours, lighting and accessories.

Creating your unique kitchen is all in the detail

Now we are sure your layout is the best it can be, it’s time to consider finishes, worktops, accessories, appliances, lighting, flooring and colours.

With such a vast array of options available in the Rational and Neff ranges, the possibilities are endless. Our kitchen design expertise make the process of putting your dream scheme together both enjoyable and stress-free.

Somax Kitchens 3D images

3D Images

With the details decided on, we create photo-realistic visuals that bring your new kitchen to life in glorious detail.

Scale Plans

Accurate plans are numbered, annotated and provide clear instructions of how your fitted kitchen will be constructed. We help you to understand requirements for electrical and plumbing installations.

Final quotation

The design process is organic and it’s likely that things have been added and taken away as we’ve finalised the layout and design options. Clear and easy to understand, your final quotation will detail each and every component to be included in your new fitted kitchen – so there are no hidden surprises.

Built in six weeks – made to last

The Rational manufacturing plant in Germany has been supplying premium-quality kitchens for 4 decades. Once we place the order for your kitchen, it will be made to order in six weeks, at which point we will arrange for it be delivered to you, ready for installation.

As a sign of Rational’s high quality standard in terms of function and quality of workmanship, they offer a 5 year guarantee. Their carcasses have been tested to last up to 25 years.

Rational Kitchens 5 year guarantee

Expert (and tidy) installation

The installation of your kitchen is as important as the design itself. Our fitters have decades of experience installing kitchens and you can trust us to make sure that your kitchen is fitted to our exacting standards and that the disruption to you and your home is minimised.

Toby and his team will project manage the entire installation, liaising with your plumber and electrician.

7-10 days

The first stage is to strip out your existing kitchen, wall tiles and flooring as required. This is followed by any necessary alterations to walls and re-working of electric and plumbing supplies. Re-plastering is often required prior to decorating and laying new flooring.

5-7 days

Cabinets and appliances are fitted and then worktop templates are made once the kitchen is in situ. Worktops are then fabricated off-site and delivered the following week for installation.

1 day – the week following phase 2

Worktops are installed the final details can be taken care of, which includes door alignment and finishing off.


We hope that your new kitchen will be exactly as you imagined it would be and more. All you have to do now is enjoy it for many years to come.

If you find that you have any concerns or questions we are only ever a phone call away. Rational’s 5-year guarantee covers free-of-charge replacements for proven cases of manufacturing or material defects.