When potential clients first come to my showroom, I often see “the look.” The look means I think I need a kitchen designer but I am not sure AND this is going to be so much more expensive.
I can tell you that a good kitchen designer will actually help you save money and time–a lot of time. You are probably thinking right now…yeah right, she has to say that since she is a kitchen designer. However, let me tell you how, and you can decide if what I write makes sense.
Not always and there are instances you should not use a kitchen designer. The average cost of a kitchen including materials and installation in Philadelphia is $65,000. If your budget is significantly less than this, you do not want to use a kitchen designer. Kitchen designers usually handle cabinet lines that are custom or semi-custom which automatically makes their cost higher than stock cabinets. If you do not use a Philadelphia kitchen designer, you will need to be prepared to do a lot of research to learn the bare basics of kitchen design. If you google NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) Kitchen Standards you should find the 31 basic rules for kitchen design; these apply in Philadelphia and anywhere in the world.
I would also recommend using a stock cabinet since learning how to order semi-custom cabinets will be tough without a designer to guide you through the thousands of options and assumptions. Google will help with questions you come up with on items such as appliances, lighting, countertops materials and hardware options. To know the quality and the best place to go for appliances, lighting, countertops and hardware I would ask friends and relatives. In my experience, online reviews are misleading and often false. I know many of my favorite brands of appliances are not rated very highly by consumer reports or other online review sites. From personal experience and the experience of over 20 years of supplying them to my clients, these lines have been wonderful. So be careful not to get lost in the online review vortex.