Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
Not so with NKBA certifications, which are based on experience, education, client references, rigorous exams, and continuing education. CMKBDs have at least 17 years of kitchen design experience. Certified kitchen designers (CKDs) and certified bath designers (CBDs) have at least seven years. NKBA-certified designers know every aspect of kitchens, from mechanical systems to space planning and color.
“The L-shaped kitchen layout works best for those who are wanting to merge their dining table with their kitchen area,” says Martin. “You can use this to create a separate eat-in kitchen or as a part of an open living area.”
Style-wise, Black takes cues from the architecture of the existing house, so that the kitchen ”makes sense” with the whole. In a 1950 home that had several red brick walls, Black made sure the kitchen’s finish selections ”related” to the existing brick.
The designer, in turn, will want to know about your lifestyle: Who’s in the family? What’s your cooking style? Where do the kids do homework? Do you pay bills in the kitchen? Are there ergonomic considerations — height or accessibility needs? Do you have pets? Are the cooks right- or left-handed?
But plenty more will dictate the best kitchen layout for your space. Here’s how to choose which one’s right for you, based on your space, tastes, and more.
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.
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