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The Kitchen Designer: Ten Reasons to Hire a Pro Before Creating Your Custom Kitchen

by Susanne Clemenz

A certified kitchen designer is much more than a kitchen-savvy salesperson. While you're busy being good at your own career, she or he earned an associate or bachelor's degree, did an internship, and likely worked for several years in their chosen field. Many have achieved certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. Here's what they can do for you:

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  1. They listen to your ideas, learn about your budget and overall architectural plans, and measure existing space.
  2. They size up basic construction needs, interior decor, and planning concepts such as work and traffic flow in a kitchen.
  3. Using a computer-assisted design program, they present three-dimensional, full-color printouts and alternatives for your custom kitchen design.
  4. A kitchen designer understands color and design theories that apply to your project.
  5. He or she is familiar with residential construction.
  6. A kitchen designer understands cabinetry from its construction techniques to installation methods.
  7. They attend seminars and trade exhibitions to stay up-to-date on appliances, lighting, flooring, counter tops, ventilation, and other kitchen necessities.
  8. Early in the planning process, they give you a price range for the project.
  9. They have established relationships with suppliers who are reliable and who may give them discounts to pass on to you.
  10. Your kitchen designer works with your architect and contractors during construction.

 

Your designer can present kitchen remodeling or new custom kitchen ideas to turn your kitchen into the welcoming home hub you've always dreamed about. Interview two or three designers, take your pick, and start dreaming!

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About the Author

Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and interacted with the contractors every day of the 6-month project. She started drawing floor plans and making models in the early '70s after purchasing several building lots. Recently she expanded and

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