Designing a kitchen requires making trade offs between costs, style, layout and function. Each choice will have an effect on your kitchen’s look and how easy it is to work in. For example a large 48″ range needs to be placed on a long wall to look proportional and to function effectively. This could require the kitchen designer moving a doorway or even closing a window. Customers review 3D cad drawings with kitchen designers to evaluate how any choice they make effects their design. After seeing all of their options it is unusual for everyone in a family to agree on what they like and on the choices they prefer and so compromise becomes necessary.
When customers have trouble making the compromises needed to create a kitchen that everyone can be happy with I often tell them a story about my own kitchen. Below is a photo of my simple but well designed kitchen.
Here is the story:
After my wife Julie and I renovated our kitchen in 2015 we had a holiday party a short time afterwards. One of our friends who has known Julie since college and who’s kitchen I had designed a few years before was at our party and complimented me on our kitchen. She said “I love your kitchen. Is maple your favorite kind of wood?” I replied that I liked maple but alder, cherry, or a painted finish might have been my first choice. She smiled and prodded a little “Julie liked maple?… and I know you don’t like microwaves over the range, Julie wanted that too?” I answered that I had wanted a microwave drawer but that Julie preferred extra pots and pans drawers instead. I explained too that as long as the kitchen was well designed I was happy, and that everyone had to make compromises when designing a kitchen.
Just as I was finishing my comment Julie entered the room . Her good friend then followed up saying “If I was married to a successful professional kitchen designer I would do exactly what he recommended!” My wife who is privy to a great deal of what goes on in my business thought for a moment “Well” she said pointedly, “my husband was YOUR kitchen designer and I KNOW you didn’t do half of what he recommended!”
Trying to mediate I reminded both women that kitchens are all about compromises and that no customer chooses to follow all my recommendations. And knowing this I certainly expected to make compromises on our kitchen. Thankfully this diffused the situation and the three of us then began discussing our new kitchen’s artwork including a print of a slice of cheese by artist Mike Geno who specializes in drawing cheeses.
Hoping you can make all the compromises needed to create a great kitchen.
And of course…