Name the three most important rooms in any home. Regardless of who you ask that question, the answers will be: bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The order they give them will depend on their exact needs for that moment.
For many people, the kitchen is the heart and soul of the home. It is where they make and often eat meals. They gather there with good friends. The kids often do their homework at the kitchen table because they say the light is better. (It’s really because that’s where the cookies are!)
Because the room is so important, when you are ready to remodel it, you have to make sure that you hire the right professional kitchen designer to take it from old and blah to new and ahhh, without taking forever and without breaking your bank. After all, you will want to be able to afford food once the kitchen is completed.
Really Good Kitchen Design Ideas:
- A center island with a deep sink and durable counter top
- Dual ovens
- Built-in microwave
- Deep, dual sinks with disposal
- Bright lights over the work areas
- Brushed aluminum finished appliances (less noticeable fingerprints and smudges)
- An easy-to-clean floor that is built for high traffic and messy people
- Easy to clean, durable countertops
- Lots of cabinets and drawers with adaptable shelves and good organization uses
- Wide counters
- A sunny window ledge to grow cooking herbs on
When you are looking to hire a kitchen designer for your home, consider what you want to say with the finished kitchen and what is really important to you. These are very important things to consider—as important as the color of the finished cabinets or the choice of the floor you have installed. Ask yourself:
- How green does this project need to be?
- What is my exact budget?
- To meet both my green goals and stay in budget, what am I willing to compromise on?
- What do I consider to be an absolute must in my kitchen?
- What do I consider to be unnecessary?
- How far apart in these goals are the designer and I? Can we reach a middle ground or should I look for a new designer?
Hiring a designer is a very intimate thing—it’s almost like beginning a relationship. You both have dreams and visions, but if there is no compromise or no shared dream, then it is time to end that relationship and find a new designer before it is too late and you are stuck with a kitchen you don’t like.