October 1, 2014
It generally only takes a few minutes to realize the initial value of working with experienced kitchen designers like the Main Line Kitchen Design team. Each of us has decades more experience laying out kitchen space than the builders and architects who are needed for the other phases of a kitchen project. Architects create and consider the exterior elevations, supply drawings for additions, or the beams necessary for the permits. Builders and contractors supervise or do the physical work and a myriad of other tasks that go into the far from simple process of creating a lasting beautiful kitchen.
But we can not emphasize enough – if your kitchen designer isn’t willing to see you through the entire process, you’re in for a rough ride! The same goes for customers who, once they have plans in hand, don’t realize they need additional assistance. To get a kitchen from conception to actuality requires even more expertise than creating the design itself.
For example, builders who encourage ordering cabinetry before walls are framed often create substantial additional costs that your kitchen designer can help you avoid. Too often, changes take place during the initial construction that affect the cabinetry order. And, designers are experienced enough with delivery time lines that everything will be inhand weeks before it’s needed.
Every kitchen is a unique creation so the components are never “off the shelf”. And those components aren’t going to be the right components if you don’t have an experienced designer guiding the manufacturer on your expectations and having your best interest at heart. There are literally thousands of parameters. Consider just the sides of your cabinets: Which are unfinished and which are finished? Which are recessed and which are flush. Do they have integrated end panels or applied doors? Do the side panels and doors line up with the doors on the front of the cabinets? The ordering process is so complex that good designers either have an elaborate checking system or a second set of experienced eyes assisting with all orders.
And then there’s the installation. Some of the smallest things can pose challenges like following a recipe you’ve never tried or assembling a toy. Multiply that by the scope of a kitchen and you can understand what the construction team you’ve hired has to deal with. It’s certainly a simpler and more successful task when the designer makes him or herself available to assist with the process.
At Main Line Kitchen Design, we know that making our customers happy often requires spending as much time processing orders and consulting during construction as we spent working on that kitchen’s design. The only thing you’ll gain if you stop working with your kitchen designer before your kitchen is complete is aggravation.
We look forward to helping you every step of the way,
and of course as Julia said . . . Bon Appetit!
Paul, Ray, Mary, Tom and Julie
Main Line Kitchen Design