THE THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU HIRE A DESIGNER
8 Key Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Design Your Dream Kitchen
THE COST DISCUSSION
Most qualified kitchen designers charge between 8% to 10% of the total remodeling cost. Therefore, the amount will depend on a low, mid-range or high-end kitchen. Cabinet remodels can cost up to $100,000, putting the kitchen designer cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000.
For kitchen designers who charge by the hour for their services, the 8-10% typically breaks down to about $100 to $200 dollars per hour. Kitchens costing $30,000 to remodel will command a designer fee of $3,000, while higher end kitchens with $100,000 or more in remodeling cost will have a design price of about $10,000 and above.
THE MADERA DIFFERENCE
Here at Madera, we are doing things a little different. We stand behind our design services 100% and can turn any space into your dream space. Our design team fully commits to every single project and we only ask our perspective clients for a $100 up front commitment in return. We are 100% confident you’re going to love working with us. Why? Because all our clients do. But if you’d rather end the relationship for ANY reason, Madera Founder & CEO – Bobby Barko will personally refund your $100 deposit in full. This means you have absolutely nothing to lose. If you decide to move forward with our services and order cabinetry products, we will apply the $100 fee to your order. If it turns out that you love the design that we have created but decide want to move forward with a different company, you can buy your full design from us at the industry standard fee of 10% of the estimate that we have created for your design.
WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY
The fee paid to a kitchen designer typically covers many different cost factors. A consultation will begin with the kitchen designer visiting your home, brainstorming ideas, and proposing different floor plans and design solutions.
To offer the best advice, they will use a combination of sketches, computer 3-D models, color schemes, and other tools/features. They also often connect homeowners with reputable contractors who can bring to life the design ideas that they propose.
One huge benefit to paying for a professional kitchen design is that the sketches and computerized measurements aid in the successful execution of the entire kitchen. It helps to determine what appliances to buy, how much counter-top material to buy, what walls & soffits to remove or relocate, where to set plumbing & electrical and pretty much set up the entire layout of the kitchen.
8 KEY DESIGNING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR KITCHEN DESIGNER
Your answers to the kitchen design questions below will help you to identify your lifestyle and how you use the space. This is the first step to creating an optimized kitchen layout that is functional and organized, before you consider an open kitchen design or select cabinets.
- Who cooks? (You? Your spouse? Both of you?)
- How many cooks? (How many at any one time?)
- What meals are prepared? (Breakfast, lunch and/or dinner?)
- How do you cook? (Grilling, pan frying, baking, etc.)
- How often do you cook?
- Do you entertain? (How often and how many people at a time?)
- What other activities take place in your kitchen? (Homework, laundry, eating, etc.)
- Does your kitchen design need to be accessible for someone with a disability?
7 Critical Things You Should Ask A Kitchen Designer Before Hiring Them
HIRING THE RIGHT COMPANY OR PROFESSIONAL
The kitchen is one of the most important areas of the home. Homeowners who are planning to carry out modifications to their kitchen should seek the assistance of a qualified kitchen designer. More than just moving appliances around and replacing cabinets, a kitchen designer can help you coordinate the overall appearance of the space by bringing many different elements together. They can offer valuable advice, from floor plans to cabinets and walls.
When choosing a cabinet designer, you should ask:
- Do they offer a money back guarantee?
- Do they let you keep the designs if you are not happy with their service?
- Do they use American made products?
- Do they warranty their cabinets?
- Do they provide guaranteed installation support?
- Do they have great reviews and testimonials?
- Do they have a portfolio of quality designs?
These questions will help you make an informed decision and make sure that you have chosen the best cabinet designer for your project.
DON’T SACRIFICE WHAT YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY
Believe it or not, you can get exactly what you want and stay on budget. If you start to notice a company is continuously saying “no, we can’t do that”, “no, we don’t have that option”, “That’s not within your budget”, then you should get a second opinion. You will always regret the sacrifices that you make now, when you you’re living with them later down the road. Pick a company that has options that can customize your design around your vision and budget.