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Choosing a Kitchen Designer? Making the Right Choice

April 17th, 2011

It is no small task to refurbish your kitchen and choosing the right kitchen designer will make the difference between getting the kitchen you want and settling for less.

When it comes to high end kitchens, the stakes are even greater. The finished result can and should look fabulous, but high end kitchens represent a bigger investment in terms of budget and time. You want perfection and your kitchen designer holds the key, so it is crucial to get this choice right.

Some common sense to start with: if you dislike modern contemporary styles, steer clear of interior design companies who specialize in this. And if modern is what you are after, rule out kitchen designers who specialize in more traditional and rustic styles. Make their experience work for you.

Be sure to check out their portfolios. They may dazzle you with rhetoric but at the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding. Ask them to show you the high end kitchens they have designed. Often, more established interior design companies have showrooms with examples of high end kitchens. These are great too for getting those ideas flowing!

Your kitchen designer will breathe life into your ideas, so it is vital that they take the time to listen to you and to understand your brief. They should visit you in your home very early on and be keen to grasp what you need and want from your new high end kitchen. Remember, the most stunning luxury designs are worthless if they are impractical for your home and lifestyle.

Although the kitchen designer is the leading creative force in kitchen refurbishments, the success of their designs wholly depends on the team working with them. After all, stunning designs can be thwarted by poor craftsmanship, budgets and schedules can overrun without good project management and houses can descend into chaos without a competent site manager! The interior design team behind your kitchen designer, therefore, is just as important to the end result.

When considering kitchen designers then, be sure to look at the bigger picture. What services does their interior design company provide? High end kitchens are labours of love and involve a good many professionals. Companies which have all the skilled personnel you need in-house, or are partnered with trusted contractors, are your best bet. They will all be on the same page and it will save you the headache of trying to outsource and co-ordinate different trades people.

Also ask about aftercare. Less professional interior design companies are happy to take your money and run, but a company which takes pride in its work and cares about you should be happy to offer you product support and quality guarantees, after installation.

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