Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
Black starts by evaluating the kitchen’s existing conditions and reviewing certain elements, like doors and windows, which will affect how the kitchen should be arranged. She also reviews how the house is used in general and how the kitchen relates to adjacent rooms.
The designer will also want to know the scope of your project. Some might turn down less-challenging jobs. ”If you just need some drawers and doors in there, it’s very easy for a lot of people to spec that out,” says Pam Goldstein Sanchez, a CMKBD and NKBA member in Atlanta. ”When you have very specific taste, a bigger space, more complicated needs, handicap accessibility, or you want to keep kosher, that’s when you want someone like me.”
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.”
On the other hand, if your intent is to create a family gathering space, room to comfortably hang out will take precedence over where to put your stove.
Cabinetry should include both fully-extended drawers and vertical storage. Both have their purposes. ”Drawers are awesome for reaching to the back of the cabinet space,” she says, making them ideal for dishes, mixing bowls, and smaller saucepans. ”But then certain things don’t work very well in drawers, like baking sheets, cutting boards, and sometimes skillets,” says Black.
She cautions that despite industry claims, no material will look pristine forever. ”There’s no such thing as an indestructible material. Everything will show wear,” she says. ”Ask yourself, what do you want to feel and see everyday?” To that end, she likes Fireclay Tile and the wood countertops from Devos Custom Woodworking. Before deciding, always look at samples of the exact items under consideration.
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