Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
Be discerning about the alphabet soup of professional designations that designers list on their business cards and websites. ”People need to be careful of fakers and learn what the initials mean,” says Gary White, a CMKBD and NKBA member in Newport Beach, California. ”It’s pretty easy to pick up initials by buying a membership in some organization.”
For complicated jobs such as kitchen renovations, many designers seek special training and professional credentials. A major source of certification is the trade-based National Kitchen and Bath Association. An NKBA-certified designer has studied construction, mechanical, electrical and plumbing technologies and safety and professional conduct standards. Another avenue of certification is the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, which tests for competency in building systems, building codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practices and project coordination. NCIDQ states that its testing is based strictly on public health, safety and welfare. Certification indicates a broad knowledge base that ranges from knowing where to put plumbing pipes to choosing the right size stove for your space. Checking a designer’s professional credentials is one way to further your choice of someone to oversee your renovation.
The kitchen demands a specialist, says Denise Dick, a CMKBD and NKBA member in Carrollton, Texas. ”Just like you go to a doctor specializing in a part of the body,” she says, ”the specialist for that part of the home is the kitchen designer. We understand how it all fits together and why the parts are necessary. You’re going to do it right the first time with a designer.”
Asking your friends for recommendations is one way to find a kitchen designer, but asking designers’ clients might be more revealing. A design professional should be forthcoming about references, and following up on those references is an important part of choosing a designer. Make time to see previous projects and talk with previous clients. This will show you the designer’s style in final form, give you an idea of how the designer solved problems similar to yours and suggest potential problem areas. In addition to looking at finished kitchens, you can find out if a designer met deadlines, responded promptly to concerns or problems, kept the client informed of progress and worked well with other professionals.
Designers offer a range of services, giving you a chance to do as much of the work as you want — or no work at all.
Lawrence and Dick provide design-only services, creating working drawings with floor plans, specifications, elevations, and renderings that their clients can take to contractors and use to shop for cabinetry, appliances, and other design elements. Neither designer sells cabinetry or other products.
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