People buying the most expensive custom cabinetry, or very expensive professional appliances often have surprisingly poor kitchen designs. Expert kitchen designers know that it makes NO SENSE to be paying for huge material upgrades without first making layout improvements like moving plumbing, walls, doors and windows to create the best kitchen design.
Unfortunately, good design is often overlooked with homeowners considering the most expensive cabinetry and appliances.
This is true for a number of reasons.
Homeowners aren’t kitchen designers with experience.
Only expert kitchen designers will be able to create the best designs. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t realize when better designs are possible. When customers have really big budgets they can be in charge and are less likely to accept advice. Many designers are wary of alienating high end customers and jeopardizing a huge sale. Lastly, customers with large budgets often start the design process with architects and get off to a terrible start. See why below:
All kitchen designers will tell you that the poor designs we see come from architects.
This is because “a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing”. It takes many years of exclusively designing kitchens full time to get good at it. Architects have very little kitchen design experience when compared to even novice kitchen designers. Architects know nothing about kitchen cabinetry, since they don’t design in a cabinet line or sell cabinetry.
The best kitchen designers learn quickly to be careful and to worry about the details.
While architects in college value their own ideas above cost and tradition. Their training actually impedes their ability to create sensible, functional, and aesthetically pleasing kitchens.
Architects love to draw on paper and let others figure out how to make their drawings a reality. They train to be bold, often forcing too much cabinetry, seating, and appliances into a tight space. For the people that design and sell the cabinetry, the functionality and esthetics of the design is what we are accountable for.
As a kitchen designer, it is rare to see a good design from an architect. Homeowners understandably become frustrated when the poor design decisions they made with their architect need changing. Telling a homeowner that the design they worked on is bad, will not only upset the customer, but the architect will never bring the cabinet dealer any more business.
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.
This is why Main Line Kitchen Design only works with professionals that send us their customers very early in the design process, before major design decisions are made. The builders and the few architects that we work with accept that they are not kitchen experts, and homeowners get much better kitchens as a result.
At Main Line Kitchen Design, we wish that our customers would come to us sooner, rather than later. And so . . . we hope to see you soon 🙂