Finding the Right Custom Kitchen Designer
If you’re considering a kitchen makeover, now is the time to browse through home and garden magazines to pinpoint the types of designs you like. That way, you have something to present to a custom kitchen designer, who can make your vision a reality. The designer can help you realize what parts of your plan are feasible, explain what needs to be adjusted, and even inspire you with fresh ideas you hadn’t thought of before!
In order to enjoy the benefits of working with an experienced custom kitchen designer, you must first know how to find one. If you want to find the right custom kitchen designer the first time around, be sure to:
Ask for referrals
Ask friends and neighbors with recently redone kitchens to refer their kitchen designer to you. This is always a safe way to go—if the friend’s or neighbor’s kitchen is the same style you want (contemporary versus traditional, etc.).
If you don’t know anyone personally who has remodeled their kitchen recently, visit a large appliance store and ask if they can recommend a custom kitchen designer in the area. If the store has examples of work the designer has completed, great! If not, make sure you ask for images that show their work when you speak with the designer.
Do more research
All that said, it’s not always enough to trust the experience of a neighbor or the opinion of an appliance store. With a few custom kitchen designers in mind, do more research online. Search for reviews on unbiased sites such as Angie’s List and Consumer Reports and look for any complaints that past customers have had.
Also make sure you ask the companies questions! Don’t be afraid to “interview” them (read more about questions to ask your kitchen designer).
Grasp your needs and aesthetic desires
There are hundreds of capable custom kitchen designers out there, but some of them may have a style that differs from your own. To help guarantee your satisfaction with the finished product, choose a kitchen designer whose past projects reflect what you want to see in your own kitchen.
If you need storage space, look for evidence of that in each designer’s portfolio. If you want something sleek and modern, or you’re looking for something more traditional, look for these styles in the images you see from the designer’s past projects.
Know your budget
Kitchen remodels can differ by thousands of dollars depending on the aesthetics you want to create, the quality of the job, and the custom kitchen designer you choose to work with. Get several proposals from different designers and consider the pros and cons of each. Remember—just because you get a proposal doesn’t mean you are obligated to work with that designer.
Sleep on it
Because you are about to change the entire look of your kitchen and spend thousands of dollars doing it, make sure it is exactly what you want before you move ahead. Some designers use aggressive sales tactics in an attempt to make you choose their way without really thinking it through. Although it may sometimes seem easier to give in to aggressive tactics, insist that you need time to think it over. It’s also wise to get a second opinion.
As you use these tips for finding the right custom kitchen designer, consider Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens for your next big project. Contact us to learn more about our award-winning design services, or visit our Rockville showroom!
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