If your cooking space is out of date with damaged appliances, has hanging electrical wires, and/or has plumbing complications, you know it’s really time for you to get a kitchen designer. You may consider the following tips before choosing the right kitchen designer:
Have a background check
The primary role of a kitchen design company is to create a safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing kitchen for you and your family. They will work hand in hand with you to strategically plan the kitchen layout, decorations, and fixtures. So, it’s best if you check the “About Us” page of the kitchen design company you are considering to know more about their portfolios, certifications, affiliations, and awards/recognitions.
Do your research; know that there are many kinds of kitchen designers
If you plan to order a kitchen cabinet through a local chain, they may have in-house designers who can help you with the design plan and installation of your kitchen. Most of the time, these services are offered at zero additional cost, although some companies may charge a percentage of the total amount of sale or work through a different fee structure.
On the other hand, there are other kitchen designers who work independently and charge on a project or hourly basis. Since they are not affiliated with any particular brand or store, they can form a more objective opinion about the materials to be used for your kitchen.
Focus on what you want; jot it down
Inspect the current status of your kitchen. Maybe your kitchen functions just fine, but its finishes are long past their prime condition. Or perhaps you want a simple remodeling but in reality, your kitchen needs a major makeover. Either way, you just need to be transparent with your kitchen designer; do not hesitate to share your thoughts about your dream kitchen.
Most probably, your kitchen designer may identify potential issues in your wish list, or advise against materials that he or she thinks will not work no matter how much you love them. Conversely, the designer may introduce you to some kitchen design options you’ve never considered. Always be open to suggestions. Bear in mind that their expertise is the main reason why you hire them.
Decide how much you want to spend, and stick to it
For sure, you are going to encounter some surprises in redesigning your kitchen, especially in an older residence. Lurking behind your kitchen walls or under the floor are all sorts of budget-busting surprises. Be ready. Also, be certain on what you want to do and let your designer know your budget.