Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
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.
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.”
“Everything is moving towards a more open-plan style,” says Daniel Bertuccio of Eurolinx. The L-shape is ideal for this, as well as being one of the most modern kitchen designs and efficient layouts. Comprising two adjacent countertops, the style suits both small and medium kitchens. A big plus is that the L-shape easily supports the working triangle – the imaginary line between the sink, cooktop and fridge. However, be aware that applying this style in a large kitchen can mean your appliances are spread out too widely, disrupting the efficiency of the design.
No matter what services your designer provides, the NKBA recommends setting up a clearly defined cost schedule by which you pay in installments — and never in full until the work is done.
”We start with the as-built plan to take a look at how everything’s working and what’s not functioning very well,” says Black. The new design will address the shortcomings and patterns of use that she finds.
During layout planning, Black wants to know how her clients cook. ”What are you doing in here? How do you work? What’s your morning routine?” Black asks.
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