Meet the team at our Camberley showroom

Meet Scott Lashbrook, Showroom Manager at the Optiplan Kitchens showroom in Camberley in Surrey. We caught up with him to find out what he gets up to in his role and what his predictions are for the future of kitchens.

How long have you worked for Optiplan Kitchens?

“This will be my fourth year at Optiplan Kitchens. I first started working with the company back in 2015 at the Marlow showroom. In the summer of 2016, Optiplan Kitchens asked if I would be interested in studying a degree in kitchen design. Having a passion for kitchen design ideas, I jumped at the chance and I am now being sponsored by both Optiplan Kitchens and Egger. I moved to the Camberley showroom in 2018 as a sales designer and I’m delighted to say that I have been appointed as the Showroom Manager this month.

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What tasks do you get up to in your role?

“My days are always varied, which is what I love about the role. Whether it’s visiting a customer’s home to assess their design and take measurements, or creating hand-drawn mock ups and CAD designs for new kitchens, I definitely enjoy the hands-on nature of my job.

What’s the best part about being a kitchen designer?

“The best part has to be seeing the end result of a brand new kitchen, but I also love the journey. When a client first visits our showroom, I put on my “detective hat” so that I can find out the key elements they are looking for. I assess how they want to utilise the space and I get to build their excitement with their ideas of how their dream kitchen will look. Seeing the client’s satisfaction when the end product comes to life and knowing that I’ve provided them with the new heart of their home, that they will enjoy for many years to come, is definitely the best part of my job.”

What upcoming trends are you most interested in?

“The kitchen is the heart of the home and it always has been. Even when you look back to the caveman era, archaeologists have found the remanence of humans gathering and cooking around a fire over a million years ago. Move forward to modern times and that fire pit in a cave has become a sleek kitchen island with a sleek hob. In essence, the usage of the space hasn’t changed in over a million years, but what we can do moving forward is improve accessibility and the flow of the space.

“Moveable surfaces using nanotechnology, like Electrolux’s ‘Heart of the Home’ concept, will help utilise space more efficiently, especially in built up towns and cities where living spaces are becoming smaller. Watch their ‘Heart of the Home’ animation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwLpquelYFI&feature=youtu.be

“Smart technology in kitchens is starting to build momentum and more companies are looking into trend. This includes appliances that connect to your smart devices for ease and convenience and voice activated digital assistants. I truly believe the kitchen will become an integrated space within the home utilising management systems like Hive, or even establishing kitchen technology to improve safety, access and convenience.

“Although the kitchen of the future will be more technologically advanced, it’ll still be the heart of the home, a social hub where the first cupcakes are made by children with their parents and friends congregate at a party!”

Looking for kitchen showrooms in Surrey? Look no further than our Camberley showroom located on Park Street, just a short walk from Camberley train station. Book a free design consultation today to speak to our experts: https://www.optiplankitchens.co.uk/book-a-design-consultation/