Before you begin your kitchen renovation project you should carefully consider the following:
♦ When to start the kitchen design process: The amount of time required to design a kitchen is directly relative to the complexity of the design, lead time of the products and the clients’ ability to make decisions. A simple direct replacement of an existing kitchen can take little time, but a renovation to improve or enlarge a space will be more involved. There are many decisions to be made, it is better to start the process early rather than a few weeks before construction starts.
♦ Develop wish list of what you want in your new kitchen. Peruse magazines, catalogs and photo sharing sites like Houzz or Pinterest to collect photos of details and/or styles that you like (whether it is a piece of hardware, a texture of tile, color or style of cabinetry, molding detail, a counter top edge or appliance.) It is also important to determine what is truly important and what is negotiable.
♦ Appliances: It is necessary to know if you want a professional range, a drop-in cooktop or double ovens with a warming drawer. When you have a basic idea of what type and size of appliances you desire, we can allow enough space for them, or determine if adjustments to the design need to be made.
♦ Have a budget in mind and share it with us. There is a huge variety of manufacturers for many products involved in a kitchen. If we know your budget we can guide you towards the brands and materials that will keep you within your price range and best serve your needs.
♦ As you work with your Architect to develop your home or home renovation, start working with your kitchen designer. The kitchen is one of the most important and most often used spaces in the home, yet the kitchen is often sacrificed for the details of other rooms. It is vital to consider the kitchen space and conceptual design before finalizing the overall home design. Many times a kitchen plan can be greatly improved by moving a doorway or window, shifting a wall, reorientation of a laundry or walk in pantry, sometimes a simple shift can move a major traffic pattern out of the kitchen’s main work area. An architect will look at a plan from a structural and spatial allowance point of view; a kitchen designer will consider the details of what makes the kitchen itself functional and beautiful.
♦ When it comes to making decisions about a kitchen, a client will have to weigh out opinions from many different sources. An architect, contractor, interior designer, a neighbor or best friend may have an idea of where an appliance should go or the configuration of an island. But consider that a kitchen designer’s advice is based upon what they do “every day”. It sounds simplistic, but oftentimes stronger personalities win out over wisdom and experience. Truth be told, no one REALLY cares about your kitchen/bath design issues more than you and your kitchen designer.
♦ When you visit various kitchen design studios ask yourself the following questions:
Is the kitchen designer is a good fit for your personality?
Does she take you seriously?
Will she listen to you?
Do you think you can trust them?
Will they be timely?
Do you get along?
Does he work on projects in your budget range?
Do you like the design approach they use?
Do they have integrity?