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Are you considering hiring a professional kitchen designer for your upcoming renovation project? It's an exciting and often overwhelming process, but it doesn't have to be if you keep these five tips in mind. Here we'll discuss not only what to look out for when selecting a designer but how to get the most successful outcome from the collaboration between you and your designer. After reading through these points and incorporating them into your decision-making process, hiring a professional kitchen designer should become much less stressful and much simpler.
If you're looking to make some changes in the kitchen, it's important to have a plan. A great designer will be able to help turn your vision into reality while keeping things within budget! With careful planning and an eye for detail, you'll soon have the perfect space that works best for your lifestyle.
1. Discuss your Budget
When it comes to your kitchen design project, it is always a good idea to be candid with the designer regarding what you feel comfortable spending. It shows appreciation for the hard work involved and will help keep the project within your means. Having a clear understanding of what you expect to spend can also aid the designer in drawing up plans and selecting materials that are appropriate, ensuring that everyone is satisfied without breaking the bank.
2. How much time are you willing to devote?
We understand that you may have many commitments, so it's important to consider how much time you are realistically able to invest in your kitchen design project. A good kitchen designer will take the time to prepare a suitable timeline that you can plan around, that fits within your lifestyle. With their knowledge and experience the right kitchen designer can help make sure that the renovation project progresses according to plan, allowing you to enjoy your new kitchen with as little disruption as possible.
3. What is your style?
You want to give the kitchen designer as much information as possible, so it's important to do your research before scheduling your meeting. Start by poring through magazines and catalogs for ideas of the style and design elements you like. A great way to get more in-depth ideas is visiting kitchen design showrooms when possible, as well as scouring the internet for products and designs that catch your eye, Pinterest is the best place for ideas. Be sure to compile notes of what you like and don’t like regarding colour, materials, and styles. Creating a scrapbook with all your clips from magazines and catalogs, along with examples of materials and design elements you would like included in the kitchen is a fantastic way to illustrate your vision to the designer. Furthermore, preparing a list of insightful questions for them will ensure appreciation for their expertise—their job after all!
4. How do you use your kitchen?
Before you meet with your kitchen designer, there are some important questions to consider and ask yourself. You can start by thinking about how much entertaining you and your family will do - that will be the first step in helping you determine how much usable space and additional seating you may need. Additionally, try to think about the daily routines for everyone in the house and how that could factor into the design - for example, do your kids have lots of activities during the week? This can affect things like storage needs. Finally, it's always a good idea to take input from other members of your family when designing a kitchen, you never know what creative ideas they have that could make a space truly special!
5. How to prepare for your kitchen design
It is important to plan ahead for your upcoming kitchen design project. With the right preparation, you can make sure that disruption or hazards are minimal and that the project can proceed quickly and smoothly. The contractor and their crew will benefit from several considerations - foremostly, having a dedicated area away from the living space so that it's safe to work and complete their tasks without interruption. In some cases, you might need to consider setting up a temporary kitchen in another room to keep life running smoothly during this period. Finally, if possible, timestamping the project for warmer months is ideal since you can source meals and activities outside for convenience!
You should now have a good idea of 5 things to do before starting your kitchen design project. Obviously, every situation is different but these tips should help provide some guidance on what you need to think about and consider before beginning your own kitchen makeover. If you have any additional questions or would like to talk with someone about your specific project, feel free to reach out and contact us. We’re always happy to chat and offer our insights gained from years of experience in the field. Best of luck as you embark on your journey towards the perfect kitchen!