Your Kitchen Design
There are several ways to get the Kitchen Design of you dreams. As we already discussed, you really need to consider the impact of a great Kitchen Design to your Home in terms of financial Value and Aesthetics. Kitchens are the most important space in a Home. In the Real Estate world, Kitchens are also the most valuable rooms in the Home. Investing in the right Designer can make the difference between a successful project or something else entirely.
A Certified Kitchen Designer can help you re-evaluate your home for proper Design in relationship to the family’s needs, traffic patterns, spatial relationships, adaptive use of space, function, and of course – architectural and style considerations.
Not only does Kitchen Design involve careful planning, but also extensive research and building knowledge. Certified Kitchen Designers are tested to rigorous and relevant standards, much like certified public accountants or financial planners are tested for their industry competencies.
- Have seven years of full-time residential kitchen/bath industry experience, including proven knowledge of kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
- Completed a minimum of 60 hours of NKBA professional development programming.
- Passed a rigorous, two-part exam testing academic knowledge and practical skills.
- Be an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards (31 kitchen and 27 bathroom planning guidelines), which recognize the importance of consumer health, safety and welfare in kitchen and bath design.
- Remain current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment through ongoing continuing education requirements that mandate a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education every two years.
- Be skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.
One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. NKBA designers hear it over and over from their clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”
- At Your Squarefeet, Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD), Patricia Daly Filas, is a Nationally Published, Award Winning Designer. She and her designs have been featured on HGTV. She has been consistently selected as the Premier Designer for the Decorator Showhouses for Kitchen and Bath Remodels for the Baltimore Symphony and Historic Ellicott City Showhouses. She is also a member in good standing with the NKBA and their continuing education program. Patricia is also a licensed General Contractor.
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One of the reasons Kitchen Designer’s love what they do is that it makes such a huge impact on their customer life. It’s not just a matter of having a new , beautiful kitchen. A new Design can function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.
Other Avenues for Kitchen Design
- Interior Designers – some will work on kitchen layouts,but they are generally not formally trained and educated as Kitchen designers. It is best to check on how many kitchens they have personally done.
- Contractors – some will work on kitchen layout, again, there is typically no formal training, but you should ask.
- Yourself- there are home CAD programs out there for kitchen/interior design. Software programs don’t teach you how to be a Designer, they help you place cabinets on a page.
- Big Box Stores- check out any credentials and how much training they may have, if you can.
Kitchen Remodeling is generally an expensive remodeling project in the busiest room in your home. A good, or bad, kitchen remodel can easily impact the value of your home. An inexperienced person trying to design your kitchen can overlook a design solution or opportunity that can cost you functionality, aesthetics, sales ability and revenue from your home.