Choosing a Kitchen Designer

I love designing kitchens for my clients!  Nothing brings me greater joy than meeting someone new, understanding their kitchen dreams and working with them to make that dream a reality. 

For most, remodeling a kitchen or adding a bath will be one of the largest investments made in their lives, second only to the purchase of a home.  It can often seem like a leap of faith as you sign on the dotted line committing thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to renovate a kitchen.

My first suggestion is to take a deep breath and remember that you are the customer – you are in control!

Helen Stapper and Kitchen Remodeling Client

Oftentimes I think that being a “good” customer is as hard as being a good designer!  What is a good customer?  A good customer is someone who has taken the time to do a bit of research on how to choose a kitchen designer, kitchen installer and cabinetry line.

There are a number of reputable sources of consumer information, but here are a few places to start:

This Old House Kitchen Remodeling Guide
NKBA Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Tips

Armed with your new-found knowledge, you can confidently interview kitchen designers knowing both what to ask and to expect.

For example, there are a number of complimentary services that I and a few others offer before a commitment is made.  These services include an initial consultation, subsequent on-site measurement and a follow-up design and price consultation.  These are valuable services that allow you to understand how creative a designer is, how they work with a client and whether the kitchen designer sells strictly on price or cares about long-term customer value.

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Did You Know?

That according to the latest NKBA Consumer Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Study that the projected spending on a typical kitchen remodeling project will be $15,600?