Kitchen designers that work at showrooms and cabinet dealers that specialize in catering to the builder, contractor, and architect trade are put in a lose/lose situation. The kitchen designers that work at these companies can risk their jobs if they correct the mistakes of the professionals that bring their clients to the showroom. This got me into hot water on a regular basis at the last showroom I worked at, before starting my own company.
Selecting a contractor for a kitchen renovation can mean the difference between a smooth and cost-effective renovation, and a drawn-out nightmare. Homeowners often feel qualified to judge a contractor using techniques that make sense to them, but are in reality, unreliable.