Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Greenbrook Design, managing day to day operations, marketing, sourcing product and keeping the showroom beautifully designed. Stacey also does interior design & home styling for a select number of clients. Find out more about Stacey here.
You love your home but there are some areas that are no longer working for you if they ever did at all. You have made the big decision to renovate your kitchen, to give yourself the space you have always envisioned but it feels overwhelming. How do you know which layout will work best for you? Which style best represents you and what wood type will pair perfectly with certain colors? The kitchen can be a more difficult renovation because it involves multiple facets such as plumbing, and electrical. Adding in the appliances, lighting, and cabinets decisions can be enough to make your head spin. Planning is a critical part of a kitchen renovation making is one of the main things to focus on which is why an experienced designer can help you accomplish your dreams on time and on budget.
What does a kitchen designer do?
Don’t let the word design fool you into thinking they just create a design for the contractor to follow, there is much more to their job description than that. They are experienced in layout, cabinet design, hardware selection, materials, colors, and more. Their job is to help guide you through the renovation process, lending you their years of design to create a kitchen that is perfect for you. Our designers are expert in layout and cabinet design as well possess a creative eye and good communication skills, both are essential to building a design that will last a lifetime. A good kitchen designer has the ability to take a space, mold it with what your specific needs are and help you achieve the dream space you have always wanted. Their job is to guide you through the journey, making it one that is enjoyable and minimal stress for the whole family.
The benefits of hiring a kitchen designer
Hiring a kitchen designer is more than just having a person help you with your selections, there are multiple benefits to having a kitchen designer including:
A kitchen renovation can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t have the right help because there are so many little things that go into this project such as appliances, lighting, and even plumbing. Having someone who can help you through the remodel can do so much for you.
Because you are paying for a design service you may not agree that you’re saving money but their experience means you will avoid costly mistakes and other issues that they know to avoid. Their knowledge is invaluable to you as you make your way through the renovation.
Stress is the number one killer of enthusiasm for a project, it’s easy to get discouraged and disgruntled when things don’t go right but a designer who has completed hundreds of projects will know how to plan your renovation so that everything goes according to schedule leaving you feeling relaxed and at ease able to enjoy the journey.
Experience also lends itself to a quicker layout since they know what works and what doesn’t. They know what size hardware works for a particular cabinet and just how much lighting is needed for the kitchen. A designer will be able to easily tell you how your wish list can be transformed into a design and if there are any elements that will not work within the given space. They are also able to tell you which layouts work best which again, saves you time.
The ultimate goal is to create a design that functions and reflects your unique style and a kitchen designer will be able to help you check off the boxes for your new space. Our dedicated team has helped so many clients accomplish their renovation goals in as smooth a way as possible. That is the ultimate desire for every kitchen designer, to help their clients get the space they need, and still enjoy the journey. Read a few more reasons why you should hire a designer in this blog post by This Old House.
Questions to ask your kitchen designer
Questions are a vital part of a design meeting, we have a list of things that we ask when doing an initial consult meeting such as:
How many people will use this space?
Do you have any pets?
Are there any specific needs or wishes you have?
Are the cooks left or right handed?
Do you do a lot of baking?
Will you need an additional prep sink?
How about a built-in microwave or warming drawer?
What is your style and color preferences?
Do you want a dedicated beverage area?
We ask these questions because we want to get to know you so we can best understand how to best serve you. We also understand that you may want to ask us questions but are unsure of what to ask specifically. Here is a list of some questions you will want to ask your kitchen designer:
Ask what other projects have they done and look at pictures.
Have they done anything similar to what you want?
Ask about the approximate timeline.
Get information regarding payment schedules as well.
It is important to communicate your needs and expectations upfront so that you will know if they can do what you need. Hiring a designer is an important decision, they are the ones that will provide you with a new kitchen layout that you can enjoy for a lifetime so you have the right to be choosy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Hire Greenbrook Design
We have been helping clients accomplish their dreams in more than 15 counties between two states and a few other places in between. Pinterest and inspiration blogs are a great way to gather pictures of what you want but when it comes to bringing it all together, a kitchen designer who has had years of experience creating these layouts for clients will make it so much easier for you. Undertaking such a project is no easy task but having someone there who has walked this road before takes a heavy burden off of your plate. Our goal is to give you the best experience possible and allow you to enjoy the renovation journey. Allow us to walk with you down the road to a beautiful new kitchen that your family will love. Let us help you with your next step by going here and let’s get started planning your renovation journey together.