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Top 10 Ways to add Function to Your Client’s Sink Area

For many years not much thought was put into the placement and design of the kitchen sink area. Typically a double bowl, top mounted, stainless steel sink was specified and it was centered under a window. There was not much more to do and as the Kitchen Designer, your job was done.

Today there are so many more choices for sink configurations, and centering it under the window is no longer a rule. There are also multiple ways to accessorize the sink area to get maximum functionality, so let me show you how.

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Has your Client Assembled the Right Team for their Dream Kitchen Project?

The kitchen industry is a multi billion dollar industry with many players involved in the process. Consumers are often at a loss as to whom to hire to get the kitchen of their dreams.

Where does the consumer start when choosing their Dream Kitchen team?

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Do Kitchen Designers Only Work on High-End Projects?

When you are starting out as a Kitchen Designer it can be intimidating to see online posts of completed kitchens only featuring high end projects. It gives you the impression that Kitchen Designers only do luxury projects, leaving you to think…

How will I ever be able to break into the industry?

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Has HGTV Helped or Hurt the Kitchen Design Industry?

Many people in the home design and renovation business like to bash HGTV home design programs, with many of their complaints being valid.

It is true that you cannot complete a full kitchen renovation in a weekend and a to-the-studs gut of the main level of a house cost more than $5000.00. Also, pros identify structural issues before the project starts, not in the middle of it.

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DOUBLING UP!

Thinking about design details in general, the typical designer go-to is to combine items in odd numbers. For example, when accessorizing an open shelf, designers will include 3 or 5 items rather than 2 or 4. When it comes to functional design though, pairs are often the most functional and can be very aesthetically pleasing.

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A Complete Guide to Design Fees for Kitchen Designers

Knowing what to charge for your design services is an important aspect of becoming a professional kitchen designer. For consumers, hiring a professional kitchen designer is a wise investment. The kitchen is one of the most expensive rooms in the home to put together and mistakes are costly. So, professional advice is a good idea.

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Lifetime Kitchen Design

When working with a client to design their dream kitchen, you need to consider the longevity of space. The kitchen is not a room that is redone often so as the kitchen designer you should consider presenting a solution that works for your client’s lifetime. 

There are statistics that can be presented to your client to nudge them to think beyond the aesthetics of their space and to include solutions that will work for them and their households for as long as they occupy the space. 

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5 Questions You Must Ask Before Designing Your Client’s Kitchen

Many designers new to kitchen design will want to dive into designing their client’s space as soon as possible. There is a lot to be said for enthusiasm, but you really need to sit back and formulate a plan. 

That plan begins with asking your client some questions. There are many questions that you may want to ask, such as, “What cabinet style do you want?”; “What finish do you want for your countertop?” or “Do you want a pro-range”, but these questions so early on in the process may not be the best way to start.  

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Get the Look with a Custom Hood

Specifying a custom hood for your client’s kitchen is the ideal way to focus the décor style of the room and to produce a focal point. The hood is an element in kitchen design that you as the kitchen designer are best suited to design and specify. 

I will be covering all aspects on specifying the mechanical aspect of custom hood design in an upcoming ICON Courses at Vestabul School of Design under the Science of Kitchen Design, but in this post I wanted to talk about the kitchen hood as it relates to the Art of Kitchen Design.

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