Working with a Kitchen Designer
If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, we recommend working with a kitchen designer. Given the investment that a kitchen remodeling project involves, it is important to have the expertise of an experienced design professional to address all of the details. A kitchen designer can help you save time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.
Not only do kitchen designer have access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners don’t, but they have the inside scoop on trends, new materials, building codes and technical quirks. And their kitchen remodel expertise can save you a lot of time, money and frustration. Use our tips to help the process flow smoothly from start to finish.
Here are six things to do to prepare for that initial meeting:
1. Develop a Wish List
Most homeowners begin the remodeling process with a “wish list” where they identify what they NEED and WANT in a new kitchen. “Needs” are the items that are essential to meeting your project objectives. “Wants” are items you’d like to include in your kitchen remodel but are optional.
2. Set Priorities
Next, you will want to set priorities for your wish list. Establishing priorities can help you contain costs over the course of the project. To help you set priorities use our free Kitchen Planning Guide. In the guide you will find a handy checklist designed to help you prioritize your wish list items.
3. Collect Ideas and Photos
Browse through magazines and books on kitchen planning and design ideas. Visit online galleries to view kitchen projects. Here are some great resources:
4. Determine Appliance Options
Will your kitchen remodel include all new appliances, all the appliances that you currently own, or some combination? It is helpful to identify appliances early in the process because the dimensions installation requirements will be factored into the overall kitchen design. A good designer will address this with you.
5. Establish a Budget Range
Prior to meeting with a #CapitolKB designers, it is helpful to have some idea of the budget you have to work with for your kitchen remodeling project. A useful budgeting guide can be found in our article “How to Establish Priorities and a Budget for a Kitchen Remodel.” A designer is knowledgeable about product lines, vendors and costs. Your designer will make suggestions to help you achieve your desired outcomes and keep within the budget limits you set for the project.
6. Develop a List of Questions to Ask Your Designer
Prepare a list of questions you would like to ask your #CapitolKB designers at the initial meeting. Here are some suggestions:
- How can the efficiency of my kitchen be maximized?
- Where can appliances be placed?
- What built-ins can be used in the design?
- How can pantry storage be factored into the layout?
- How should cabinets be organized? Discuss the purpose of each unit.
Consider stackable shelves, rollouts, cup and plate racks and dividers to meet your needs.