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- How many design solutions
(plans) do you provide? Hint: Three
or more is what you are looking for. With
one or two
kitchen cabinets plans designed, the vision is
most likely narrow and subjective on the
part of the designer. You need to see the
possibilities for your space. Otherwise,
it's "coulda shoulda woulda."
- How long does the process take?
Two weeks? Four Weeks? According to your
(the client's) timetable? This lets you know
the timing expectations of the designer for
the design process from start to completion.
It also will tell you if this timing "fits"
for you. You may also want to find out if
the firm has a "policy" on changes during
the design process.
- May I see work samples?
It is useful to see both images of completed
projects as well as proposed designs.
Oftentimes the bulk of a design firm's
clientele may be of one "style" or another,
depending upon the region, although the
designer may have proposed alternative
design solutions in an effort to move beyond
the typical, and this would be very
interesting to see, as it shows creativity.
I have more "alternative" design ideas in my
client files that my clients were too afraid
to consider as the concepts were not
- How do you keep up with new
ideas, products, industry advancements?
Does the designer ever leave the
office? Does he/she go to kitchen and bath
shows, seminars, conventions? Interior
design shows? Subscribe to
kitchen cabinets and bath industry publications? Have a library of
design books? Read interior design blogs?
There are many ways to keep pace with the
ever changing kitchen and bath world, but it
is important that this is done.
- How long have you been designing
kitchens? Just a minor
detail...something you will want to know! In
this business, experience is a good thing,
provided #4, above is in place.
- Do you have any special
accomplishments that I should know about?
Accomplishments within the industry show
involvement, motivation, interest, and
recognition, all important to have as part
of one's resume/career highlights.
- How mobile are you? Is
the designer available for jobsite meetings,
even (occasionally) on short notice? Can
meetings take place at your home, or only at
the design studio/showroom? This last
question should not be a dealbreaker...unless
it is for you. Any availability via cell
phone or pda? Mobility is a good thing. For
me, I'll email 24/7 during off hours, but
the phone takes a break from Saturday
afternoon through Monday morning.
- Will you give me cost
alternatives or just one single cost at the
end of the design process? Assuming
you have already received an estimate (a
separate issue) will the designer tell you
during the process where there may be costly
design decisions and make an effort to
suggest lower cost options? I provide my
clients with a limited "chinese menu" of
items at the end of the process, when
presenting the final cost, to illustrate
where particularly large cost items are seen
in the plan, and offer substitutions. If a
hood costs $10,000, which recently occurred,
you may want to be aware of that cost!
What's the cost procedure? And, what is the
- How do you handle the labor?
Can I use my favorite plumber and
electrician? Do I need to purchase the
kitchen cabinets labor
through your company? Will you provide me
with more than one contractor for estimating
purposes? You should have freedom of choice
here. That said, a team approach is a good
way to proceed.
- What will be your role after the
sale of the cabinetry? Does the
designer hand off the project to someone
else in the firm? If so, you may want to
meet the project manager. How often will you
see a presence from the firm during
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