||Many people who
are hiring a kitchen
designer are doing so for the first time. Although
you need to interview kitchen designers in order
to vet which one you should work with, it can be
hard to know what to ask when you don’t have
experience working with a kitchen designer before.
If you’re preparing to interview kitchen designers
for a big job at your home, follow these easy tips
in order to have a successful conversation with
your prospective designers.
May I review samples of
This should be one of the first questions you ask.
Any designer that’s worth his or her salt
will have a beautiful portfolio at the ready. You’ll
want to get a sense of the designer’s range
when it comes to style. Does he or she only design
kitchens, when what you want is a traditional
kitchen? You need to make sure that the designer’s
work is impressive and that it’s in line with
what you’d like to see for your own kitchen.
A wide range of work will show that the designer
is capable of adapting to client requests and that
you’ll be able to let him or her know exactly
what you want.
How involved are you in
the design industry? How do you stay up to date
with what’s out there?
New innovations are constantly coming forward, and
you want someone who is on the cutting edge. If
your designer does nothing but stay in the office
and try to find new clients, he or she might not
know what’s out there for you. Designers who
regularly attend workshops and trade shows and who
are up on the latest products and trends in the
design world are much more desirable than those
who do not stay current.
How many years have you
It’s a good idea to have a sense of how long
your designer has been working in the industry.
Age isn’t always a proper indicator! You could
find a middle-aged designer who was a chef until
a year ago. Understand the designer’s level
of experience and all of the certifications that
he or she holds.
How many design plans will
you present me with?
You may not realize this is if it’s your first
time going in: you want your designer to show you
three plans or so, not just one or two. Although
one decisive plan might seem best, it hints at a
lack of flexibility when it comes to the overall
design. You want someone who is open to your ideas
and who is fluid in their ideas and solutions for
How flexible are you?
You have a busy life and work schedule. Is the designer
available to meet and plan with you at the times
that you’re available to do so, or is he or
she rigid in his or her availability? You want to
work with someone who you’re going to be comfortable
communicating with and who will establish a workflow
that works for you. Keep this in mind!