Kitchen Design-who will you hire to define your space?

By | January 5, 2018

“Designers deal in ideas. They give shape to ideas that shape our world, enrich everyday experiences, and improve our lives. Where there’s confusion, designers fashion clarity, where there’s chaos, designers construct order; where there’s entropy, designers promote vitality, where there’s indifference, designers swell passion, where there’s mediocrity, designers imbue excellence; and where there’s silence, designers lend voice”. Ken Peters.Kitchen Design


Who will you work with to bring your kitchen project to life? All design professionals have acquired different levels of specialized knowledge. Your kitchen project requirements will determine the scope and services of specific design professionals. What services are needed to accomplish the end results suitable to you and your projects needs?
Are you adding onto your existing space? If structural modifications are required, an Architect will ensure that state and local codes are met. They will also warrant that your structural and foundation requirements are considered. Most often permits will need to be pulled and a set of architectural drawings will be needed to present your project to the local building department for future inspections and approvals.

If the interior space and material specifications have you a bit perplexed than a Interior Designer is one who has obtained an education in design and in certain states, has to be tested by the National Council of Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ). Their professional capabilities will be able to lend insight to most decisions and choices that need to be made. Many design build firms have a staff of interior designers that work with Architects to insure their clients have received a well-rounded vision and complete service for their project.

A Certified Kitchen Designer

Must receive area specific training and meet all educational requirements along with work experience to qualify for the national testing and in order to be a claimed Certified Kitchen Designer . The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) has set the criteria for the professional certification status which can be viewed at . A certified Kitchen Designer also are required to continue their education in the industry in order to maintain their professional standing.

If your space is feeling tired and you think it doesn’t meet the sign of the times, then perhaps a cosmetic change is all it needs to bring back its appeal. An Interior Decorator may be what is needed to bring your space into today’s market. An Interior Decorator specializes in decorating. They specify window and wall treatments along with most furnishings that go into the decorating of your space. Some even offer a home staging service. We cannot forget the General Contractor or licensed builder. They are needed to schedule, run and supervise all the trades people associated with the project and more importantly to keep the job moving and on schedule .

Efficient communication among the client, designer, and contractors is imperative in order to achieve the  personalized design and successful end results for any project.

After reading this brief synopsis and list of design professional described above, my intention was for you to learn their distinct levels of specialized knowledge. Whether you decide to work with one or more professionals on your project it is important you work with those you feel understands your project, someone you can comfortably go to with a question or project concern , knowing they are competent and will be diligent on following through with your concerns.

Wishing you an enlightened path for your next Kitchen Design Project.

Vita Buffa, CKBD, NCIDQ

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