Merideth Sheahan March 13, 2020 Kitchen Design
Asking your friends for recommendations is one way to find a kitchen designer, but asking designers’ clients might be more revealing. A design professional should be forthcoming about references, and following up on those references is an important part of choosing a designer. Make time to see previous projects and talk with previous clients. This will show you the designer’s style in final form, give you an idea of how the designer solved problems similar to yours and suggest potential problem areas. In addition to looking at finished kitchens, you can find out if a designer met deadlines, responded promptly to concerns or problems, kept the client informed of progress and worked well with other professionals.
Hang pendant lights or a chandelier 30 to 34 inches from the tabletop to create cozy pools of light, and draw diners’ attention to what’s most important: good food and great company.
“Identifying your kitchen’s function for you and the other members of your household is the key to creating a room that improves your home,” says Larson.
The sink and stove elements should be located so that they are protected from main walkways, if possible. ”It’s chaos. There’s fire. There’s water. You don’t want little hands in the hot zone,” Black says.
Black likes to make the dining rooms intimate and suggests oversizing the table. ”You don’t want the table swimming in a big room,” she says. Walkways and clearances around the table should be at least three feet wide.
Flexibility: Finally, if you’re remodeling an existing kitchen, ”don’t get hung up on the current locations of your fixtures and appliances,” says Martin. “In the overall budget of the project, the cost to relocate these items is minimal, but the impact on the new design can be transformational.”
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