||Why should you
not hire a kitchen
designer? Unless you already know about material
choices, contractual agreements, schematics, electrical
and plumbing configuration, appliance layout and
functionality, your decision to renovate your kitchen
without the assistance of a professional could turn
out to be an unmitigated disaster.
Experienced kitchen designers do what they do because
they excel at creating beautiful kitchens and love
doing it. In addition, a good kitchen designer will
give you sound advice about budgeting wisely, avoiding
design errors that may reduce the practical functionality
of your new kitchen and how to expand on the use
of existing space.
Certified kitchen and bath designer Denise Dick
asserts that kitchen renovations demand the knowledge
of specialists who understand how to fit everything
together the first time. She even compares a professional
kitchen designer to a doctor who specializes in
certain areas of the body. As with doctors, you
also need to remain cognizant of scam artists pretending
to be kitchen remodeling experts. When searching
for a kitchen designer, stick with people who are
certified by the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association,
can provide references and have several years experience
working in the industry.
An excellent and reputable kitchen designer will
also ask you specific questions prior to presenting
the first layout of your new kitchen, such as:
• How many
people live in the home?
• Do you
have a certain way that you prepare meals?
• Do your
children do their homework in the kitchen?
• Do you
have pets and if so, how many and what kind?
• Is the
primary cook in the household left-handed or right-handed?
• Is anyone
in the household handicapped or have special needs?
Just like any other service provider, kitchen
designers have a lot at stake with each new
project they accept. People who have even one bad
experience with a particular designer are more inclined
to tell others about this mishap, even if it is
minor. Maintaining an exceptional reputation is
vital to the success of a kitchen designer, which
is why you might be surprised at the amount of details
involved in a remodeling contract.
Further reasons for hiring a kitchen designer include:
||Having someone in your
home who you know will adhere to industry
codes concerning professional conduct
||Recognizes and is familiar
with consumer safety, welfare and health standards
in kitchen design
||Possesses skill with
adeptly assessing customer wants and needs
and incorporating them into the design plans
Additionally, your kitchen designer will relieve
you of searching for information about local building
codes as well as environmental and safety regulations
relevant to your city and county.