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Pick Kitchen Designers in Virginia

Working with a Virginia kitchen designer will add so much more value to your kitchen remodeling than the dollar cost of design fees.

A pro kitchen designer should be fully-trained and well versed in optimizing results in your kitchen space, getting the maximum result for minimum outlay and designing a kitchen matched perfectly to your wants.

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The designer will carry out as much or as little as you for, and a top kitchen designer will not only produce inspired kitchen layouts, but can specify all elements from the countertops and cabinets to sinks, faucets and appliances. Kitchen designers can easily manage the whole kitchen remodeling job from beginning to end, removing any headache out of every stage and helping you to your perfect kitchen.

It’s because the best kitchen designers in Virginia are involved in so many remodeling projects, it’s a sure bet they know and work with the most skilled Virginia kitchen installation companies and can access the best kitchen specialists, cabinetmakers, painters, metalworkers and stonemasons – people who’s expert input can raise any kitchen project up to design-book grade.

Local kitchen designers will know the fine print of kitchen building code in Virginia – so going with the right kitchen professional for your remodeling project should not only get you a stunningly designed kitchen, but minimize worry and headaches when issues inevitably crop up – keeping that dream kitchen a dream rather than a literal nightmare.

Picking Virginia Kitchen Designers

finding a Virginia kitchen designerBefore beginning the selection process you should have an overall goal or goals. Simply “I’d like a change” isn’t enough and you’ll end up wasting some time in the selection process. You may be thought of as a potentially poor client (the best Virginia kitchen designers tend to be extremely busy, with long waiting lists).

It could be you’re needing to have more countertop area for a hobby or fledgling business, you might wish to get the most of garden views, let more daylight into the room, create a breakfast zone – or any number of needs and desires. How does your family cook in your kitchen? Are you a keen cook or do you simply microwave things up? Do you do a lot of entertaining? Do you bake many cakes?

Making a list of your requirements and taking notes about how your family use your kitchen – along with any concepts of the colors and surfaces you’d like in your new kitchen – will all help in the first sit down with your kitchen designer, assisting the designer understand you as a potential new client and saving your time in any initial free design consultations.

Equipped with the general concepts of your needs and wants – it’s time to look at the actual designers.

Start on the Web

The world wide web has made finding and choosing kitchen designers in Virginia so much easier than in the recent past.

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

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

Professional qualifications demonstrate technical competence as well as the extent of their knowledge of design, building codes and construction standards. When you’re paying for kitchen design, you want competence!

With your list of kitchen pros, it’s time to go to their websites. In this day and age, all top kitchen designers should have websites – to showcase design work to potential clients within Virginia.

From looking at their website, how do they seem to you? Do they show examples of past kitchen projects? Do they show happy homeowner testimonials? Is all their contact information easy to find? Does everything work?

Meetings with Your Shortlist

Now it’s time to visit the kitchen professionals on your list. Yes it’s simple to have them come to your home – but first go have a look at their office, design studio or kitchen showroom to get a feel for their professionalism.

How do you feel? Do you get on well with them? Is their office well run? Are the phones busy? Look at photos of any current kitchen designs – good kitchen designers tend to hold books filled with before and after images from past client projects. Would these kind of projects apply to you?

Do they have kitchen layouts set up? If so are they built well and well cared for? Do this company only work with particular kitchen cabinetry manufacturers? If so, read their reviews too!

your kitchen designShould you like what you’ve seen and from any initial meetings it would appear that they have some great proposals for your kitchen, now it’s time to have them visit your home.

Aim to have 3 Virginia kitchen designers come and look at your room – you’ll receive three quite different floor plans and by having them in your domain, discussing your project you can get a very good idea of what they’ll be like to work with.

From these 3 kitchen designers there aught to be one who seems a best fit. So it’s time to…

Look at Recent Kitchen Remodeling Projects

Your pro kitchen designer should have a long list of clients from finished projects who will be happy to chat with you. By chatting with a few past clients you’ll get a far better grasp of what your chosen designer is like on a project.

If you can arrange to visit at least one of these kitchens, it will be a worthwhile task – ask the owner what they love about their kitchen, how the layout is to work with and how they worked with the KD.

Did something go wrong? If so how well was the issue resolved?

By following the steps above, you should be able to find the perfect Virginia 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 Virginia kitchen professionals so much easier for other homeowners.

Our top* 4 kitchen designers in Virginia are:
*Ranked by user rating – taken from all Virginia Kitchen Designer listings

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