Ali Haider March 3, 2020 Kitchen Design
After the initial meeting, a designer might decide you’re not ready for a major project. ”It’s hard to tell somebody, ’I’m more than happy to take your money, but you’re not ready to give it to me,’” Dick says. ”It’s making sure they’re not being taken advantage of by people, they’re not making a mistake, or they’re not spending money where they shouldn’t.”
Next, she drafts several sketches of very different layouts to see what the client responds to, such as a U-shape versus a galley versus an L-shape. Once the rough layout is pinned down, appliances are chosen, since their dimensions affect counter and cabinet measurements.
For complicated jobs such as kitchen renovations, many designers seek special training and professional credentials. A major source of certification is the trade-based National Kitchen and Bath Association. An NKBA-certified designer has studied construction, mechanical, electrical and plumbing technologies and safety and professional conduct standards. Another avenue of certification is the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, which tests for competency in building systems, building codes, construction standards, contract administration, design application, professional practices and project coordination. NCIDQ states that its testing is based strictly on public health, safety and welfare. Certification indicates a broad knowledge base that ranges from knowing where to put plumbing pipes to choosing the right size stove for your space. Checking a designer’s professional credentials is one way to further your choice of someone to oversee your renovation.
It’s rare, but sometimes a designer might ”fire” a client if the working relationship sours. ”Everything must be in writing and signed, even down to which bathroom the installers are allowed to use,” Dick says.
”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.
”I do like them to already have ideas of what they want,” Dick says. ”When I have to pull teeth, it’s harder.”
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