Designing a kitchen requires making tradeoffs 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. 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…