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Why Hire A Kitchen Designer: Part 3

In our previous “Why Hire a Kitchen Designer” posts we’ve discussed the primary reasons homeowners turn to a  Kitchen and Bath Designer. Often it is to translate their vision — and often your unstated or unrealized needs — into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources, and budget. In this final blog, we’ll talk about why it’s important to think about hiring a kitchen designer. Some of the reasons might surprise you.

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1. Benefit from Experience

A certified kitchen designer has years of training and experience in planning and bringing to fruition a new or remodeled kitchen — created with your specific needs and wants in mind.

2. Look Beyond Beauty

Hiring a qualified kitchen designer isn’t just about getting the look you want. “We have the experience in balancing both the functional and aesthetic elements of the kitchen,” says certified kitchen designer Susan Serra, president of Bornholm Kitchen and blogger for The Kitchen Designer. “Easier said than done, these two elements are often in conflict and require a serious study by a design professional, who can ensure both aspects ultimately coexist in a unique manner for every family.”

Your kitchen designer will interview you to understand your sense of style as well as your cooking habits, how many cooks and helpers use the kitchen and their abilities, how you entertain and how many, what you need to store and access daily, and so much more.

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3. Save money

“A kitchen designer is committed to helping you achieve your budget goals,” Serra explains. “Ask your designer how and where money can be saved in cabinetry, appliances, countertops, and more, and you will be pleasantly surprised at all the design and product choices you will receive to keep your budget in check. Creativity can be beautifully expressed at any budget level.”

4. Gain inside information

A kitchen designer searches tirelessly for the best products to create your dream space. “Since a kitchen designer works on kitchens every day, he or she has an abundance of resources of products and materials that you are most likely not aware of,” Serra says. “Therefore, your kitchen designer can help you make your kitchen a truly personal expression. Kitchen designers have relationships with many product fabricators to further customize your kitchen design.”

5. Realize attention to detail

There’s more to kitchen design than choosing countertop materials, a great sink, appliances, and cabinetry. “A beautiful kitchen consists of an enormous amount of logistical issues such as door and window placement, electrical, lighting, switching, plumbing, venting, heating, flooring, and other mechanical issues,” Serra says. “Your kitchen designer has experience in working with and around all of these important pieces of the kitchen puzzle.”