How Can a Kitchen Design Pro Help You?

Norman Bloxham
Written by Norman Bloxham
Updated December 5, 2014
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A professional kitchen designer will be able to create an effective design based on your top priorities. (Photo by Luxury Home Solutions)

If you've always wanted a dream kitchen, a professional kitchen designer can help you to visualize and plan.

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If you’ve never worked with a kitchen designer before, you might not know what to expect. A professional kitchen designer can help you turn your dreams into reality and create 3-D renderings that help you to visualize your remodeled kitchen.

Keep these five kitchen design tips in mind as you work with a professional designer on your dream kitchen.

1. Choose the right professional.

Working with the right designer is key. The professional you select should not only be experienced in kitchen design, but also have excellent communication skills. You need to feel comfortable sharing your preferences and asking questions, so it’s difficult to work with a designer who doesn’t listen to your input.

Whether you’re dreaming of a sleek, modern kitchen or a traditionally styled space packed with modern cooking conveniences, a professional can create a design that meets both your needs and your budget.

2. Describe your dream kitchen.

During the beginning of the design process you should feel free to dream big! Describe your dream kitchen to your designer. Bring in color samples, photos or other items you love.

You don’t need to think small in the beginning. Instead, let the designer know what you love and have fun creating the kitchen of your dreams.

3. Prioritize your needs.

Having a list of your "must haves" will be very helpful to the designer. During the design and remodeling process you’ll need to make a lot of decisions regarding the best way to spend your money.

The designer will be able to create an effective design based on your top priorities. If you can’t live without professional-grade appliances, make this clear during your initial meetings.

4. Be honest.

A kitchen design that works well for one homeowner might not appeal to another. Professional designers understand this, so you should feel free to be honest with them about what you like and what you can’t stand.

The design process is constantly changing, so your initial design doesn't have to equal the finished product. If you love the cabinet color in the first design but don’t like the cabinets, let your designer know.

Being honest and specific is the best way to ensure you love the finished product. Instead of just telling your designer, “I don’t like that design,” be specific about the parts you like and what needs improvement.

5. Stay in touch.

Quality communication is one of the most important parts of design and remodeling. After you’ve agreed on a new kitchen design, feel free to keep in touch with the designer throughout the remodeling process.

It’s not uncommon for surprises to occur while work is being completed. If you have any questions once your kitchen design project gets underway, get in touch with your designer.

This article originally appeared at MyLHS.com. For the original post, click here.

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