How To Choose A Kitchen And Bathroom Designer That’s Right For You
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October 4, 2016
HOW TO CHOOSE A KITCHEN AND BATHROOM DESIGNER THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU
There are thousands and thousands of kitchen and bathroom designers to choose from. The question you need to ask yourself is, “How do I find a kitchen and bathroom designer that’s right for me?” And that’s key — finding one that’s right for you.
And that’s what Builder Supply Outlet is here to help you with. We’ll help you cut through all the red tape and hard to understand details, so you can get your project off and running with someone in your corner; someone who will protect your back and your wallet. Let’s get right to it.
Here are a few tips for selecting a kitchen and bathroom designer…
Experience: Always check a prospective designer’s previous work. What have they actually designed? Do they have a portfolio of other designs they’ve successfully completed? Have they designed the type of room you’re designing? Do they have any customer testimonials? Have they graduated from a credible design school? How many years have they been an interior designer? Do they seem to know what they’re doing at the most basic level? These are all considerations you need to make from the time you meet.
Rapport: You must feel a sense of partnership and compatibility with your kitchen and bathroom designer. Do they make you feel good about working with them? Do they seem to care about you? Do they believe they’ll have your back throughout the process? Are they agreeable? Are they friendly? Do you like them? Do you trust them? Do you feel they’re charging you appropriately? (Compare their charges to other designers.) Are they selling you what you need or overspending to boost sales and/or commissions? Remember – they are helping you spend your money and you need to trust them implicitly from a design standpoint.
Referrals: It’s important to talk with other people who’ve worked with your prospective kitchen and bathroom designer. Can you email, call, or visit with past customers? Are there any online reviews? Just remember that the chances of a designer giving you an unhappy customer to contact are slim to zero — so use your best judgement. Also keep in mind that there are people who write scathing reviews online just because they can. Again try to read between the lines.
Creativity: Does the kitchen and bathroom designer’s ideas resonate with your vision? Are they adding anything to your vision? Do they seem to be able to make your vision a reality? Are they bringing creative value? Are they helping select great cabinets, furniture, hardware, colors, accents or anything else you need? Do they help create emotion? Do they make you go “wow?” Artistic essence and creative flow are paramount to design.
Expectations: Make sure you and kitchen and bathroom designer are aligned and what needs to be done. Whom needs to do what at every stage. What the exact costs are (with zero exceptions and no surprises). When it will be done. And get it all in writing. Never trust your memory. Write everything down and go over it with your kitchen and bathroom designer. There must be mutually agreed on goals or the project and relationship will fall apart.
While this article is sketching some broad strokes, it’s important to keep these points in mind at the bare minimum. Hopefully these tips help you realize your creative vision.
You may or may not know it but…
At the Edge showroom at Builder’s Supply Outlet, we have kitchen and bath designers on site and ready to help you at no extra charge whatsoever.
When you visit the Edge showroom, you can choose from one of our kitchen and bathroom designers at no extra charge. This is unheard of just about anywhere else. Our kitchen and bathroom designers are here to help you every step of the way through the design process. Each of our Edge showroom kitchen and bathroom designers is all about providing high quality at affordable prices.
If you’d like to make an appointment with an Edge kitchen and bathroom designer, you can stop in anytime, or better yet — call ahead of time at 1-708-343-3900 and make an appointment.