You’re thinking about doing a major kitchen renovation, you’ve seen some ideas that you might like to explore.
So you spend hours on Pinterest gathering every idea that you like. Then you head down to a local retailer or showroom to look at cabinets or backsplash tile.
You might even call the contractor that built your garage last year and tell him that you are ready to build a kitchen. He assures you that he can build your kitchen and quickly shows up to your home and throws out a “ballpark quote” to do “a kitchen” then assures you that he can start demo next week.
You quickly realize that you have a lot of questions, beyond what kind of cabinetry doors and crown molding that you would like. “What would actually look best in your home?” or “What color should you paint?”
How can you get some of the looks and details that you have spent months dreaming about?
“I do not see the kitchen details I’ve been dreaming of at the retailer or showroom or will they show me these things later, or automatically include them?”
The contractor you hired shows up and starts the demo. “Will this contractor eventually ask me to see my Pinterest boards so he knows what I want? I’m sure all of these things will all be included in the price he gave us.”
He turns to you and asks “ So what are you doing for countertops?” You had no idea that he needed to know this now, so you ask the contractor what he thinks, he says ”whatever you want” so you anxiously start asking friends, family, basically everyone you run into if they think you should do granite or quartz countertops. Everyone spends 20 minutes giving you their re-cap of the last HGTV episode that they watched, convinced they know the answer, or they tell you a tale of the last person they knew that did a kitchen and what they chose, and how it looked awful. So, feeling even more rushed and confused you run back to your contractor and say “everyone thinks I should go with quartz,” What kind? Oh, I don’t know, and that’s not included in the quote you gave me”… and the story continues, for about 6 months or more actually. Every time your contractor needs a selection or answer it slows up his work and increased the cost because the quote was given with no clear design and the saga continues.
Why, because the most important part of the process was skipped… a fully detailed kitchen design including all specifications, floorplans, elevations, and design details and selection. You unknowingly started sourcing out products and services before you had an actually fully planned space, assuming all the details would just come together. Why, because you’ve never done this before and didn’t think it would be so complicated, and you didn’t know what you didn’t know. Rest assured, this is actually extremely common, homeowners are exposed to products like never before, and the marketing that we are all bombarded with makes kitchen design and renovation, which is an extremely complicated process, looks like a quick weekend project. Homeowners then spend much more time and money trying to learn on their own home resulting in a project that they might not love, and added expenses to correct poor planning and mistakes.
Design is a process and creating a well thought out design plan involves much more than a cabinet layout or a few random ideas.
It’s not up to your contractors to design the space, and although some contractors have some design savvy, most are good at “building what you want”
. Any quotes given until all the details of a project are clearly defined is usually highly inaccurate. Until you have a fully designed plan, and you can fully see all of the systems and construction of your home and what is needed to implement this plan, costs cannot be clearly defined.
A quick computer generated floor plan from a retailer or a cabinet company is not a complete design plan and is not enough to pull together a cohesively designed space as there are numerous details that go into a professionally designed kitchen.
It’s the interior designer, that will review your ideas for your space in greater detail.
First, an interior designer specializing in kitchen design will come into your home, not only to discuss your thoughts and ideas for space but to see the architecture of the home, the colors and details in adjoining rooms and create a kitchen design that seamlessly blends the space. We can take all of your ideas and help you decide which ones to include in your design and which ideas don’t work week together or don’t work well for your space. This is very important, because all of those Pinterest kitchen ideas might not necessarily work well together in the same space, and might not work at all for your space and budget.
All designers work differently and when you work with a designer who is selling a specific line of cabinetry or product, this will limit the options that you are being provided with. An independent designer is often not selling specific merchandise or cabinetry, we are able to work with the client to devise a design that absolutely fits all of their needs sorting items from a variety of options, finding all of the items that are exactly right for your specific project. It is the designer who will look at and discuss all your ideas and present design options that will look right for your space.
When you are working with a designer who has a team of preferred contractors, you can move through the project seamlessly. Design is a process and moving from concept to completion involves numerous phases and steps. A conceptual design is prepared, including space planning, floorplans, and elevations. Revisions are made if needed and design changes might still have to be made in progress should unexpected and issues arise once walls are opened up. Professional designers know how to navigate through this process so that everyone on site knows exactly what they are building, what materials and items are being used and how to present this information to everyone that needs it at the right time. Products and materials are sourced and ordered well before construction begins, this avoids delays during construction which extend the length of your overall project. This is the best way to ensure that all that time and money that you invest in that new kitchen will give you the desired results.
Before starting on the path of a kitchen renovation project hire a qualified interior designer to ensure the success of your project.
Until next time,