What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 4

Based on the feedback I have been receiving on this series, both consumers and designers have been surprised by the multiple steps a Kitchen Designer goes through on a “typical” Kitchen project and the hours devoted to it.

In Phase 1 we discussed the Pre-Design steps. They included attracting a client, educating that client, presenting your products and services, conducting a survey to determine their needs & wants, helping them narrow in on their appliance choices, and heading to the site to measure.

In Phase 2 we dove into the Design Development portion of the process. During this stage, you scaled your site measurements, developed some design options, presented the options, worked on revisions, and presented a final design.

For Phase 3 with signed contracts in hand, products need to be ordered in a methodically detailed process. A few days later you will have to focus on the supplier confirmations to ensure they are accurate and approve them.

To this point you will have invested approximately 33 hours on your client’s Kitchen Design Project.

You are now in the home stretch!

Read on to see what it takes to get over the finish line.

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What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 3

In this four part series we have covered 2 phases of what a Kitchen Designer really does.

In Phase 1 many people were surprised to see that a good 10 hours could be spent on a Kitchen Design project before the fun part of designing it began.

Then in Phase 2, the hours added up to an additional 15 hours with the average Kitchen Design consuming approximately 25 hours to get to a point where a contract for product is signed.

In this post I will explore what happens behind the scenes in the world of Kitchen Design.

I think many will be surprised to see that the Kitchen Designer’s work has just begun.

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What does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 2

Most people choose Kitchen Design as a profession for the creative aspect.

After reading What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 1, you will see that there are a lot of hours devoted to a project before you get to the creative side or the Art of Kitchen Design.

Between 4 and 10 hours will be spent in the Pre-Design stage of a Kitchen Design project.

Spending time attracting a client, educating a client, presenting your sales pitch to a client, conducting a needs assessment with your client, directing your client’s appliance choices and measuring the site all need to be done before “the fun part begins!”

Phase 2 of “What a Kitchen Designer Really Does” is

Design Development

Let’s look at what that entails.

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What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 1

While most people think Kitchen Design is all about creativity and the Art of Design, the truth is that the Kitchen Designer spends a lot of time on the Science and the Business of Design.

I belong to multiple Facebook Designer Groups where I see a lot of posts asking how to tackle a Kitchen Design Contract from scratch.

The Designers asking this question may be new to Design in general or may be new to Kitchen Design specifically.

Many of their questions ask:

How long should it take to produce a Kitchen Design?

In this Blog Series I will break down all the steps the Kitchen Designer needs to go through to design a Kitchen from start to finish!

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Guest Blog

This week I wanted to share with you a Blog I wrote for the software design company 2020 Spaces entitled: Website Design Strategies – 5 Tips For Kitchen and Bath Designers

I have used the 2020 Design software in my Kitchen Design practice since 1998 and have loved the flexibility it has offered my business.

2020 helps professional designers, retailers and manufacturers in the interior design and furniture industries capture ideas, inspire innovation and streamline processes.

By providing end-to-end solutions and the world’s largest collection of manufacturers’ catalogs, 2020 provides businesses with the software and content to be more efficient, integrated and productive.

2020 applications allow professional designers to create kitchens, bathrooms, closets and commercial offices which look as stunning on the screen as they do in reality.

I am thrilled to have been chosen as their first Guest Blogger!

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Why Appliances Drive Kitchen Designers Crazy! Part 3

For those of you who follow me, you know that I look at Kitchen Design from three view points.

The Art of Kitchen Design, The Science of Kitchen Design and The Business of Kitchen Design.

In Part 1 of this series we looked at the Art of Kitchen Design & Appliances and in Part 2 we looked at the Science of Kitchen Design & Appliances.

In Part 3 we will look at the Business of Kitchen Design & Appliances so you can combine all three and no longer have appliances driving you crazy!

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Why Appliances Drive Kitchen Designers Crazy! Part 2

Last week on the VESTA Blog, I covered The Art of Design & Appliances, “Why Appliances Drive Kitchen Designers Crazy! Part 1”

We looked at the 4 categories of Kitchen Appliances and the variety of finishes available for appliances.

Helping your clients make the decision to choose Free Standing Appliances, Built-in Appliances, Integrated Appliances or Pro-style Appliances is the first step in the Art of Design & Appliances.

Once that decision is made you then need to help them chose the best finish for the appliances, but to really advise and guide your client through the maze of appliance choices you need to understand:

The Science of Kitchen Design & Appliances

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Why Appliances Drive Kitchen Designers Crazy! Part 1

When I was developing the concept for VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN, I interviewed multiple Designers to find out what they needed to excel as Kitchen Designers.

Time and time again I heard

Help me with Appliances!

With the variety of appliance brands and types available in the market constantly increasing, appliances are becoming a more and more important element in Kitchen Design.

Due to this chaos of choice, the Kitchen Designer needs to take the lead on appliances for a successful project.

Read on to see how VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN is committed to helping Designers do just that!

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10 Ways to Craft a Craftsman Style Kitchen

The Craftsman Style Kitchen has become a classic over the past several years.

It is a style that many consumers are comfortable with due to its clean lines and simple details.

The key to a great Craftsman Style Kitchen is these details. Without them the design can look a bit flat.

Once you have worked out the function of your client’s kitchen and the décor style choice is Craftsman, it is time to add some details.

Read on to see my Top 10 Ways to Craft a Craftsman Style Kitchen!

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How to Determine Your Client’s Kitchen Budget

One of the most common questions Kitchen Designers are asked at the first meeting with a prospective client is:

“How much is my new kitchen going to cost?”

The Kitchen Designer will often reply:

“How much do you want to spend?”

This cheeky response is a question the Kitchen Designer needs answered, but most consumers can not confidently answer it.

As a Professional Kitchen Designer it is up to you to educate the consumer so they can give you a realistic budget for their Kitchen Design project.

Let me show you how!

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Design Solutions Spotlight: Expanding a Small Kitchen

In the first installment of Design Solutions Spotlight we looked a Small Kitchen Renovation that was budget conscious. The final design stayed within the existing walls and the major mechanical systems did not change.

In this Blog we will look at how that same kitchen could be redesigned if two walls were removed and the kitchen was opened up to the rest of the living space.

We will once again focus on functional solutions for the redesigned of this space.

If you would like to view a video that discusses this kitchen design, you can pop over to our VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN Facebook page and view “Design Solutions Spotlight: Episode 2”. Don’t forget to Like and Follow us when you visit!

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The Top 10 Design Solutions for Kitchen Pantries

The COVID pandemic has shown us that it pays to be prepared. A fully stocked pantry is no longer a luxury but a necessity!

Many Kitchen Designs of the past had forgone pantries due to the convivence of purchasing food daily.

With once a week or even once a month food shopping now becoming the norm, the Kitchen Designer needs to find solutions to include pantries in all her Kitchen Designs.

Follow along to learn my Top 10 Pantry Solutions you can begin incorporating into your Kitchen Designs today!

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