Choosing a Kitchen Designer

Choosing a kitchen designer to handle your remodel does not mean they are taking over the operation.

A designer’s job is to facilitate your dreams into reality. But how do you choose the right kitchen designer? Johnson Lumber’s kitchen designers do not shut you out; they work with you through the whole process – from picking out colors and textures, through install, and onto living in the finished product.

Choosing a Kitchen Designer

An experienced designer will have the knowledge and expertise to easily guide you along the way. Remodeling a kitchen is not just a makeover. Yes, it will have an updated look, but its functionality should improve, also. A kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in your home. It serves many purposes and its layout should maximize its efficiency. This is the goal of the designer.

Ask Your Designer Questions

If you’ve never been involved with a remodel or redesign, you may not know what question to ask. That’s okay. Here are a few to get you started when choosing a kitchen designer:

  • What is your experience? This could be years on the job, certifications or affiliations, references, or a portfolio. You’re really looking for reliability here.
  • What suppliers and contractors do you use? This will depend on the specific layout and design you choose. At Johnson Lumber, we have many suppliers offering different options across the board. Based on your specifications and budget, we choose who fits your kitchen best.
  • What is the review process like? Will the designer give you several options to choose from? How granular will the decision making actually be? Will the mockups be digital or paper drawings? Know what to expect.
  • How can I get in touch with you after we get started? Will there be a set schedule for updates or will the designer be available whenever you call?

What Does a Kitchen Designer Do?

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Every designer is different, but the process will likely begin with a conversation. The designer will walk the space with you, talk about what you love, what you don’t, and help you make decision about design and functionality. The more questions they ask and the more information you give, the easier it will be for them to design your kitchen. They will make suggestions and help guide your ideas into an actual game plan. The designer will provide drawings or mockups of the design and layout and get your approval on every detail before moving forward.

From there, the designer will make suggestions for contractors. Johnson Lumber has many valued relationships with local and trusted contractors in the industry. Once the designer locks down the contractors, they will schedule and coordinate the process.

Remodeling a kitchen is a big undertaking. Things have to be done in sequence and on time. Keeping everything on track is crucial. A delay or mistake early-on can push back the whole project and cause contractors to have to reschedule. Our designers will be communicating with you the whole way through and ensuring the process runs smoothly and as scheduled.

Johnson Lumber Will Design Your Kitchen

We know how important your home is to you. That’s why you come to Johnson Lumber. Maryland have trusted us with their homes for 100 years. We will not let you down. When choosing a kitchen designer for your update, come see us. Our designers work to make you happy. Come see what they’ve been up to.

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