There are many different design techniques and backgrounds common among successful kitchen designers. Some designers are blunt, some are gentile. Some use photographs or displays as tools to explain design concepts, others use 3D software and tape measurers to convey the same design principals. Some kitchen designers help clients to discover design advantages on their own when making important decisions. Other designers take a leadership role in the designer/client relationship.
Kitchen designers can have college degrees in design or be industry certified CKD’s. Many come from construction backgrounds. Often the most successful kitchen designers fell into kitchen design by accident. These designers might have been architects, engineers or quite often teachers.
All the best kitchen designers I have met share some things in common.
Below is my list of the Top Ten things that the BEST kitchen designers ALLWAYS do.
- Always see the customers home and measure the space before doing any design work.
- Show customers designs they think are better first, BEFORE, doing the design a customer requests.
- Never intentionally sell a kitchen with mistakes or hazardous design features – EVEN when the customer insists.
- Always show the customer BOTH less expensive and more expensive versions of any design.
- Accept and recognize when a design change is better – even if it wasn’t the designer’s idea.
- Help customers stay within their budget without regard for the designer’s commission.
- Warn customers about potential problems such as paint durability, seams on mitered doors showing, frameless cabinetry’s structural limitations, unpopular style choices, or designs that hurt a home’s resale value.
- Have the patience, and take the time, to explain what’s important in detail.
- Unless held at gunpoint- never design with 24″ wide single door cabinets, taller than 42″ high wall cabinets, or diagonal sinks.
- Always respond to phone calls and emails within 48 hours. Even when on vacation.