Should you work with a Kitchen Designer?

In more modern times, kitchens have become a more significant room of the home when it comes to décor, utility and self-expression. A room that was once purely functional has now become a convergent open-space area that ties in other rooms of the home and place for conversing with family and guests.

If you’re at the stage of updating your kitchen, you may be having difficulty making decisions when it comes to design, which is why you should consider hiring a professional kitchen designer as part of the cost of a kitchen renovation.

The Kitchen Design Process

Designing your dream kitchen is a rewarding, if sometimes stressful, experience. After you’ve collated ideas from various sources, the big picture starts to take shape when you start to incorporate all the different design ideas into a coherent design.

This is the time to consider consulting with an expert kitchen designer who can work through the design process with you.

The place to start your kitchen design is with a floor plan of your kitchen space. On a large piece of graph paper, draw the outline of the kitchen space, including any doors or windows that you will need to work into your new kitchen design. You will also need to accurately mark out where your plumbing and electrical supplies are located. You can move plumbing and electrical supply points but this will attract a higher cost. It’s easier to accommodate the existing plumbing and electrical wiring into your design, if practical.

Bringing all the kitchen design elements together

The next step is to decide on your kitchen cabinets. Standard cabinets come in widths of 3″ increments. Here is another task where an expert kitchen designer may save you a heap of effort and frustration. Once the overall layout of the kitchen has been decided upon, the designer can assist you in including the details that really make a kitchen a showpiece.

It’s the small details, which you may not have even considered, that can make a new kitchen truly unique and beautiful.

Tiles and Countertops

Tying the whole kitchen together will be your countertop and backsplash selections. There are so many options of materials, colours and textures to choose from that this decision can become quite confusing. A kitchen designer can walk you through the pros and cons of all the options and assist you in bringing all the design elements to flow together.

While you are deciding on the features in your kitchen, the designer can be making changes to the digital plan on their computer to show you exactly what the design changes will look like in your finished kitchen. You might find two great design items that are stunning individually, may not work well together, and seeing this on a laptop screen could help you avoid making a poor decision that you may regret later.

Other things to consider

Whether you want to use gas or electric appliances to cook, it should also be incorporated into the budget when estimating the cost of your kitchen renovation. Many cooks prefer to use both gas and electric. What size will your ovens be? Will you need grills, griddles and barbecue access? Do you want that barbecue to be charcoal? To keep the kitchen cool, dry and comfortable, do not forget to incorporate kitchen hood heat extractors. All important things to consider that can affect the overall cost.

Perhaps the most important part of your kitchen design ideas will be the lighting in the kitchen. Just over head light isn’t usually adequate. You will need task-specific lighting. When you are doing small but defined job that need specific attention, such as decorating a cake or filleting a fish, you will need lighting that will brighten the counter space so you can focus on the fine details.

Safety with sharp instruments is also of paramount importance with finely detailed dishes, thus the ability to focus and see clearly in a well-lit environment is imperative.

All in all, planning comprehensively with the help of a kitchen designer will ensure your new kitchen lives up to your dream expectations.

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