Front Page, Kitchen and Bath | 10.09.2015

Why Working With a Designer is a Must


Every client who wants to start a renovation project, big or small, needs a plan. Designers by nature are planners. Kitchen and Bathroom Designers are compulsive planners and organizers. We love to get into the heart and core of a project, to delve into the details, and most of all be visual story tellers, and see that those stories come to life. To tell that story, we need a Client. One that trusts that we will bring their vision, with our guidance, to life. Without that guidance, there are so many components to the story that can sometimes fall apart. The majority of people could probably get the beginning or the end of the story, but the middle is the meaty part, and there needs to be a consistent thread that unites the tale. So what can a Designer contribute to your project? Well, MANY things. Of course it depends on the scope of your project, and how much you want to be involved. You can have your Designer partner with you in varying degrees. Mainly what we can do for you is this: (it’s a long list)

  • Assess your Needs and Wants
    • Decipher/Translate your Vision/Voice into reality
    • Clarify what you REALLY like or dislike
    • Articulate for you when you just can’t explain what it is you wanted/needed
    • Analyze your lifestyle / cooking or entertaining habits (etc.)
    • Extract unrealized needs and wants.
  • Coordinate
    • Many of the details
    • Advise on methods/materials to get the essence of the style you are looking for.
    • Assist in choosing the materials/layout
    • Point out items that will and WON’T coordinate with the style/plan
  • Infuse Creativity
    • We see the space the way you can’t, simply because we’re new to the scene.
    • Think “Outside the Box”.
    • Impart inventive ideas, you may never have considered.
    • Enhance the form and function of the space by working with the Elements and Principles of Design.
    • Inspire a WOW factor
    • We have a trained eye for all things creative.
  • Trust
    • Projects are a short term marriage of sorts. You will work closely with your Designer, so make sure your rapport with them is strong.
    • Value the fact we are true professionals, who have your best interests in mind.
    • Allow us to make decisions for you, when you don’t know what to do.
    • Have faith in us that we WILL bring your personality and style to life. We did/do listen.
    • Allow us to be your liaison that can interpret between trades/contractors/project managers (etc.)
    • Trust is a CRUTIAL element to the success of your project. We are not guessing, listen to our professional assessments.
  • Knowledge
    • As professionals, we have the knowledge to execute what you are thinking.
    • We have a level of product knowledge that tops most DIYers.
    • We have experience. Been there; done that…on most occasions, to our own homes.
    • Aware of products and solutions that will work for almost every situation.
    • Keep up with the latest trend/development in materials and techniques
    • Ability to work on large or small projects.
    • Fusion of easthetic properties with considerations of structural requirements.
    • Ability to measure, correctly.
  • Problem Solving Solutions
    • Avoid or stop potential problems BEFORE they start
    • A stock-pile of solutions for every speed bump.
    • Outstanding Problem Solving Skills – truly we do!
  • Homework / Experience
    • Designers spend an inordinate amount of time looking for/at new products and new solutions. All of the leg-work is done FOR you.
    • ‘Work the Plan’ – work with a Designer BEFORE you coordinate with a contractor.
    • Focused experience in work spaces; traffic patterns; layout types; working triangle etc.
    • Knows how to modify issues/items easily
  • We can be your Sherpa (Guide)
    • Designer can guide the whole project, or work with a project manager who specializes in this.
    • Assist with electrical/plumbing/structural/flooring/appliances/tile/counter tops/cabinetry and much more.
    • Help you with your monstrous journey through the jungles of a showroom visit
    • Reduce the OVERWHELMING feeling of ‘where do I start’!
  • Budget/Funds
    • Using a professional designer saves money in the long run, through the quality and feasibility of product and installation.
    • This is a LONG term investment; it’s in your and our interest to make this a successful project, so let’s get it right, together.
    • Tell us your budget. Let us work within it. We don’t have to exceed it, unless YOU want to. We will also gently remind you, if you are exceeding what you planned for.
    • Time = Money. We SAVE time, we do all the leg work for you.
    • Our profession is not that of an architect and we don’t provide those services, so why pay that price level? We are a pretty darn good bargain for the services we provide.
  • Drawings
    • We can draw up fully developed plans referencing NKBA planning guidelines.
    • Provide the BEST space usage.
    • Interpret drawings for the clients, and use other methods of visualization to help you understand the project designs.
  • Consistency
    • Carry over from all other areas of the home, the same style or design elements.
    • Flexibility to mold several areas together.
    • Unite a design from concept to completion – all at one time, or in stages.
  • Communication
    • Work with Clients/Contractors/Architects/Trades to communicate ideas or methods that have been planned for.
    • Explain the process; methods of communication; availability; feasibility; frequency etc.
    • Explain who does what, and what is it they do :)
    • Work WITH you, in whatever method suits you and your Designer best [email, phone, texts etc.]
  • Results
    • Designers are results driven. We WANT your project to be successful!
    • Designers assure a more satisfying and professional outcome of the project
    • Designers are crucial to the success of your project – we take the guess work out of it.

  Over all we are here to help and guide you through a difficult process that can take so much time and energy. We honestly love what we do, and it shows through our passion and pride in the projects we work on…with YOU! Let your next project be a success with the help of one of our Design Crew.