Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
”If you’re not comfortable with a designer, there’s a reason,” says John Petrie, a CMKBD and NKBA member in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. ”You can’t sugarcoat the process. We are going to come into your home and we are going to disrupt your lifestyle for the next so many weeks. If everybody is honest and comfortable, it minimizes problems.”
Petrie’s firm is full-service, handling projects from concept to completion. He creates the design, provides custom cabinetry, and employs carpenters and installation professionals.
”Clients can go to all the kitchen showrooms and all the contractors and say, ’Here’s my kitchen design. What’s my price?’” Dick says. ”Then they’re shopping price, they’re not shopping design.”
Still, you’ll need to resist the urge to cram as much as you can into this layout. For instance, you’ll need to plan a minimum of 47 inches between opposite kitchen units so that doors and drawers can be opened freely from both sides at a time, says Vayo.
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.”
She recommends Fisher & Paykel models for their sleek looks and efficient sizing. With the fridge on the perimeter of the action, other family members can get snacks without intruding on the cook’s workspace.
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