Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
If the kitchen is the heart of your home, it’s no surprise that the prospect of a kitchen renovation can feel as daunting as major surgery. Few homeowners are knowledgeable about all the design elements that compose a well-functioning kitchen, and design mistakes can be costly. Adding a designer to the team of professionals can save time, money and worry when you’re tackling the complexities of creating your dream kitchen.
”This comes up a lot with marble countertops,” she says. ”They will show wear, chip a little bit, and have etching marks. There are certain personalities that are okay with that,” whereas others will want to rip it out immediately.
Remember, the designer has a lot at stake in your project, too: Stories about bad experiences often travel faster than those of good experiences. Designers work hard to achieve the latter. Having a detailed contract from the start can eliminate or at least minimize disagreements. Contracts often include a mechanism for arbitration in client disputes. Designers also might carry liability insurance or, like White, include a ”due diligence” clause stating essentially that although the designer is there as a coach, you are responsible for the decisions you make.
Sanchez’s firm provides design services, handles cabinetry purchases, and offers access to allied professionals such as contractors, builders, architects, and interior designers. ”As long as the design-hour fees are less than 10 percent of the entire project, they’re part of our service,” she says.
What’s the phrase? No woman is an island; she just has one in her kitchen? Center islands continue to be one of the hottest kitchen design trends.
“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.
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