For a while I was embarrassed to admit that I did not do my own kitchen remodeling design. You see I own a kitchen and bath design group and product showroom. How could I not do my own kitchen remodeling design? Well now I can tell you that I am proud I did not design my kitchen, and my kitchen is better for it.
Here are the facts. I bought my firm Teknika Design Group, www.teknikadesigngroup.com , a little over 5 years ago. I have no background in kitchen remodeling design. Since the purchase I have immersed myself in this industry. I have taken NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) www.nkba.org approved courses, read all the books, and journals regarding kitchen and bath design. I also think I have the eye. You know how some people are creative and some are not, well not to toot my own horn, but I am. I remember back in elementary school taking a test to find out what you would be good at (career wise) and reading blueprints was one of my strengths as was design. I can’t remember anything else about that test or its results. Now I think I am pretty good at kitchen remodeling designs, but I did not do my own, why?
The more I have learned about this industry the more I have realized that the key to a GREAT kitchen remodeling design is years of experience. I would no longer even think of having anyone with less than 5 years of experience with or without a kitchen design education design my kitchen, a friend’s kitchen or a client’s kitchen. My designer, who has been designing kitchens for over 25 years, finalized my kitchen plans. Even though I had spent literally years figuring out what I desired, once I thought I had gotten it to where I wanted it, she still found ways to tweak the design to make it better, both more efficient and less expensive. I could have done a good kitchen design, but I wanted a GREAT kitchen. That is what experience gets you.
So next time you need your own kitchen remodeling design, please make sure to ask about experience. If it is less than 5 years, find someone else.