Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
After the initial meeting, a designer might decide you’re not ready for a major project. ”It’s hard to tell somebody, ’I’m more than happy to take your money, but you’re not ready to give it to me,’” Dick says. ”It’s making sure they’re not being taken advantage of by people, they’re not making a mistake, or they’re not spending money where they shouldn’t.”
Basically a U-shape with an added peninsula, the G-shaped layout can be used in just about any size of kitchen. Best attached to an open-plan living area, this design allows for plenty of storage room, extra counter space and multiple cooks. Throw in some stools and you also have an ideal seating area when guests come to visit. Bear in mind that size does matter when it comes to the length of your bench — you don’t want your peninsula to be too long and thus make you feel trapped.
Hang pendant lights or a chandelier 30 to 34 inches from the tabletop to create cozy pools of light, and draw diners’ attention to what’s most important: good food and great company.
The designer will want information from you, but you should seek information from the designer, too, including actual photos of his or her work — not brochures from manufacturers. ”If the designer can’t produce examples of his or her own work, leave,” White says.
Start your search for a designer online at the NKBA website (nkba.org), which can point you to designers in your area. Then visit the websites of the designers or contact them directly. Get names from friends and neighbors who have remodeled their kitchens. The phone book, home centers, kitchen showrooms, and real estate agents might also produce good leads. Some clients found Dick at a specialty grocery store’s cooking school, where she was doing design workshops.
Some people might not use the cooktop as much as others, or need separate stations for activities like juicing, baking, or making espresso. ”All those things factor in towards what counters will need the most bandwidth,” Black says.
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