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Find Kitchen Designers in California

Working with a California kitchen designer could add more value to your kitchen kitchen project than the cost in fees.

A pro kitchen designer is trained and well versed in optimizing results in your kitchen space, getting the most from your budget and creating a room perfectly suited to your wishes.

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Your kitchen designer will do any level of service as you need, but a professional kitchen designer will not only provide quality kitchen designs, but will specify everything from the cabinets and countertops to the facuets and appliances. Kitchen designers are able to manage the entire kitchen remodeling project from start to finish, taking the headache from every stage and guiding you to a ideal kitchen.

Because pro kitchen designers in California are involved in a number of remodeling projects, they will know and work alongside the best California kitchen installation professionals and have access to the best kitchen specialists, furniture makers, painters, metal crafters and leading countertop specialists – people who’s expert input could raise your kitchen remodeling project up to design-magazine level.

Local kitchen design experts will also know the intricacies of kitchen building code in California – so going with the best kitchen specialist for your new kitchen project will not only end with a stunningly designed kitchen, but reduce concerns or headaches when problems inevitably crop up – keeping that perfect kitchen a dream instead of a potential nightmare.

Choosing California Kitchen Designers

choosing California kitchen designerBefore beginning your selection process you need to have a project goal or goals. Simply “wanting a new kitchen” isn’t enough and you’ll only end up wasting time in the designer selection process. You may be considered a unsuitable design client (the top California kitchen designers are usually extremely busy, with long waiting lists).

It might be that you want to have more countertop space for a hobby or fledgling business, you might want to make the most of garden views, let more light into the room, create a dining zone – or any number of needs and wants. How do you use your kitchen? Are you a professional chef or do you merely heat ready made meals? Do you do a lot of entertaining? Do you bake bread?

Making a list of your needs and taking notes as to how you all use your kitchen – along with any concepts of the colors and surfaces you’d like in your new kitchen – will all help a great deal in the first sit down with your kitchen designer, assisting the designer know you as a potential client and saving everyone’s valuable time in any initial complimentary design consultations.

Equipped with the basic ideas of your needs and requirements – it’s now time to check out the designers themselves.

Start with the Web

The web has made looking for and selecting kitchen designers in California very straightforward.

finding California kitchen designers on the webIt’s easy to look on specialist kitchen ratings sites like KitchensRated, search trade associations such as the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s California local chapter, or look up the California section of the BBB

Nearly all top kitchen designers will be certified members of trade associations like the NKBA, or have received qualifications from specialist groups such as the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ).

Professional qualifications prove technical competence and the breadth of their grasp of design, building codes and construction standards. If you’re buying kitchen design, you need competence!

Equipped with your selected group of kitchen pros, it’s time to go to their websites. In this day and age, all pro kitchen designers own websites – to help showcase design work to potential clients throughout California.

After browsing their site, how do they seem to you? Do they show examples of complete projects? Do they show recent homeowner testimonials? Is all their contact information on-site? Do all their pages work?

Visit Your Shortlist

Now it’s time to visit the kitchen professionals on your shortlist. Yes it might be easy to have them visit your home – but first take a trip to their office, design studio or kitchen showroom for a fast demonstration of their professionalism.

How do you feel? Do you get on well with them? Does their office appear well run? Is the showroom busy? Ask to look at photos of their recent design projects – good kitchen designers tend to hold books packed with before and after images from previous design jobs. How do these look to you?

Do they have sample kitchens set up? If so are these put together well and well cared for? Do they only deal with certain kitchen cabinetry manufacturers? If so, read their reviews too!

your kitchen designShould you like what you’ve seen so far and from any initial consultation it would appear that they have good proposals for your kitchen, now it’s time for them to come see your kitchen.

Try to have three California kitchen designers survey your space – you’ll get three different designs and by having them visit your domain, discussing your project you’ll get a very good feeling of what they would be like to work with.

From these 3 kitchen designers there will be one who provides the best fit. Now it’s time to…

Check Recent Kitchen Remodeling Projects

Any pro kitchen designer will have a list of clients from recent projects who will be delighted to meet with you. By chatting with a few past clients you will have a far clearer idea of what the designer is like on a project.

If you’re able to arrange to visit at least one of the kitchens, that will be a worthwhile task – ask the owner things they love about their new kitchen, how the layout is to work with and how well they got on with the designer.

Did something go wrong? If so how was the problem resolved?

By following the steps above, you should be able to find the perfect California kitchen designer for your needs – and end up with a kitchen to be proud of!

And please don’t forget to come back to KitchensRated and rate/review your chosen kitchen designer.

It’s consumer reviews like yours that make KitchensRated the resource it is. By giving your designer an honest review you’ll be helping them get new clients (or helping them improve) – and make the task of selecting California kitchen professionals so much easier for other homeowners.

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*Ranked by user rating – taken from all California Kitchen Designer listings
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