Remodeling with a Kitchen Specialist
Past generations viewed the kitchen as a utility room, but that’s changed as families are busier and tend to entertain less formally. Politely closed off from living and dining areas, kitchens were smaller with little room for company. Fast forward to today and the kitchen is the main family gathering and entertainment center, complete with high-end appliances, gorgeous finishes, state-of-the-art electronics and casual dining overlooking open living areas and stunning backyard views.
For many homeowners who want to remodel their kitchens, there are many challenges, including making the kitchen larger, selecting the right appliances, planning food preparation and dining areas, and managing costs, just to name a few. That’s the reason the finest kitchen and bath showrooms have in-house Kitchen Specialists. A kitchen specialist is expert in space management, the latest kitchen products, remodeling to current building codes, and creating functional as well as beautiful kitchen design.
When you visit a kitchen showroom, you want to meet with the kitchen specialist to learn the best way to approach your kitchen’s problems and how to solve them. They can help you establish a budget and show you what’s new and exciting in appliances, countertops, and more.
Your kitchen specialist should be able to show you credentials, such as a certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association, or license as an interior designer, architect or contractor. They likely are trained in CAD design or have a CAD designer on staff. You should ask to see before and after samples of their work and be allowed to speak with former clients and other references.
Your relationship with the kitchen specialist should include easy communication, clear understanding of ideas, and a detailed contract outlining what the kitchen designer is responsible for. The demonstration of their competency begins with how much interest they show in you and your family, your home and their innovative ideas on how to make your kitchen beautiful as well as functional. They should ask the following questions:
How large is your household?
Are there any special needs?
Do you like to cook together?
How much do you entertain?
Do you want a kitchen dining area?
Do you have a budget and may I help you establish one?
Your kitchen specialist will come to your home to take measurements and will have more questions. They’ll consider your space and storage limitations and come up with ways to make it better.
Depending on the level of service in your contract, the kitchen specialist will not only help you choose the right products for your kitchen, they’ll also oversee your installation like a contractor and make sure all fixtures, cabinets and appointments fit properly and are finished to your specifications.
Throughout the installation, the kitchen specialist will aid the installers, artisans, fabricators and other tradespeople. If something isn’t looking good or working properly, they’ll deal with the subcontractors to make it right, so you won’t have to.
Few kitchen installations are trouble-free, but with a kitchen specialist to run interference for you, you’ll find the work goes more smoothly, stays on budget, and finishes on time. Think of a kitchen specialist as extra insurance; she makes certain the most expensive room in the house will be built or remodeled as smoothly and as painlessly as possible.