Your Guide, Project Organizer and Partner
Considering the number of elements involved and the coordination required, planning a new kitchen or bathroom renovation can feel overwhelming. Where does one begin? Our advice is to seek guidance from an individual who has made it their life’s work to design exceptional spaces.
A kitchen and bathroom designer is not only your consultant but your guide, project organizer and partner. An experienced designer teaches you cabinetry basics and explains the pros and cons of different styles in detail. They assist you in sifting through information that can seem never-ending, and will pinpoint features that best suit your needs, lifestyle, design tastes and budgets. Cabinetry designers are a great asset, saving you time, money, and guesswork throughout your project. They can even open up possibilities within your home renovation that perhaps you never thought possible.
Choosing a Designer
When choosing a designer, select one with experience and versatility. You want a professional you can trust to provide up-to-date and accurate information so you can make decisions with confidence.
Here are some things to consider:
- The designer should be collaborative – working with you, asking for your opinion as well as making recommendations.
- Ask for references. When speaking with the designer’s past clients, inquire about their communication skills and ability to complete projects on time and on budget.
- Ask to see photos of their completed kitchen and bathroom designs.
- Select a designer with whom you feel comfortable – one who readily offers their time, expertise, and will bring a fresh approach to your space.
Whether you are interested in achieving Zen in your bathroom or beautifying the heart of your home – the kitchen – careful thought and planning are key. When meeting with your designer for the first time, be proactive and bring your ideas and specific needs to the table. Here are a few suggestions to make the most of your first meeting:
- You likely have a wish list or, at the very least, an idea of how you would like your new space to look and function. It helps to sit down and record everything you can think of.
- Collecting magazine clippings, colour chips, and other samples of items you like is also helpful. Visit our gallery for inspiration and save your favorites to share with family, friends and your design professional.
- Bring a floor plan that you have sketched to familiarize your designer with the size and shape of your space.
- Share photos of your space.
- Conduct a quick inventory of the items you store in your kitchen or bathroom to ensure that you can account for their storage when planning the new space.
- Explain to your designer how you hope your new cabinetry will complement the rest of your home.
- Share what you enjoy most about your existing space, and what just doesn’t work for you.
- Consider how you use the room you are renovating, and additionally how you wish to use the space. Would you like to incorporate a space for personal technology, a second sink for prep, a location for your cookbooks, or lowered counter surface specifically for baking? Do you have a large family to accommodate, any family members with special needs, or a pet? Do one or two individuals usually cook a meal?
- Don’t be afraid to voice your concerns if you have any. The best designers are happy to answer your questions and address any issues.
Merit Kitchens has carefully selected qualified and knowledgeable dealers to offer our cabinetry to you. Bring your vision to their savvy design professionals and be amazed at how quickly your dreams materialize!
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