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Professional Kitchen Designers


A Flawless Design Is the First Step in a Quality Kitchen Remodel

If you're considering a kitchen remodel, which might constitute anything from a simple cabinet replacement to a full-blown gut and remodel, hiring a kitchen design professional will make your remodeling job much simpler. Planning a remodel can be nearly as time consuming as the construction itself due to all the available cabinet, flooring, countertop, lighting, and appliance options. A designer can help you sort through all the modern kitchen options and get the kitchen of your dreams at a price you can afford.

The Benefits of Hiring a Kitchen Designer

It's not an exaggeration to say that you could spend weeks or even months researching a kitchen redesign. And once you have all the new amenities picked out, there still may be lingering questions about the feasibility of certain upgrades (Can my kitchen accommodate these new cabinets? Will the fridge fit in between the sink and the countertop? Will I need to upgrade my fuse box to handle the extra electrical?) Rather than spending more time and enduring frustration trying to answer these questions yourself, hire a designer who can promptly solve all your design dilemmas. Other reasons to hire a professional designer include the following:
  • Designers have unparalleled knowledge of the kitchen products available as well as an understanding of popular kitchen design trends.
  • You may be tempted to take on kitchen design yourself, but be aware that there may be things - important things - you aren't taking into account. An experienced designer is aware of all the little technical and practical implications of new kitchen fixtures that can easily be overlooked by the average do-it-yourselfer.
  • Kitchen designers are experts at working within a budget, no matter if it's large or small. They can help you save money or incorporate design aspects you previously thought were unaffordable.
  • Once he or she understands what you want from a kitchen remodel, a designer will draw up multiple floor plans. This not only gives you multiple options, but allows you to accurately imagine what the finished job will look like.

The Design Process

The first step in the kitchen design process is to discuss options with your designer. He or she will sit down with you, take your wants and needs into consideration, and create a rough outline of the project. Based on your budget, the design expert will then suggest specific appliances and materials.

Once the basics of the project are in place, your design professional will come up with some drawings that reflect the changes discussed. Many companies now offer 3-D renderings that display in vivid detail your future kitchen. At this stage, it's common to go back-and-forth with layout changes and other alterations.

After a plan is agreed upon, the designer will draft a formal estimate for you to look over. If you're happy with it, the materials will be ordered and contractors scheduled for work. Some design experts will surrender general contracting control to you or another professional of your choice at this point in the process. If you want him or her to be your general contractor (recommended), make sure that they offer this service before signing a contract.

Kitchen Designer Costs

  • Hiring a kitchen designer typically costs between 10% and 15% of the entire project cost. For example, hiring a designer for a $60,000 remodeling job would cost $6,000 to $9,000. In general, you can expect to pay a higher percentage for more expensive jobs and a lower percentage for less expensive jobs (i.e. 10% for $50,000+ jobs and 15% for less expensive jobs).
  • Expect to pay a retainer of at least $1,000 before work begins. This is to ensure that you stay with the company throughout the design process.
  • For consulting services or small jobs, some companies charge an hourly rate of $50 to $75.

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