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What to Expect during Your Kitchen Design Consultation

Kitchen Design Consultation

The first step in your custom kitchen makeover is a design consultation. This gives the designer an overview of what you want out of your new kitchen. The process varies from client to client, but the general experience remains the same. Here is an idea of what to expect during your kitchen design consultation.

Discuss Your Biggest Goals – What Do You Want in Your New Kitchen?

You have wants and needs for your new kitchen. Your designer’s job is to fulfill as many of those wants as possible, along with all of your needs.

One of the first questions your designer will ask is, “What are your goals?” or “Describe your dream kitchen.” This provides the basis of future design decisions.

Address the Frustrations in Your Current Kitchen

In addition to giving you what you want, your designer will try to resolve things you don’t like about your current kitchen. Perhaps you lack adequate storage or the storage you have isn’t useful for your lifestyle. Maybe you need a bigger pantry area or a better traffic flow.

Talk to your designer about what you don’t love about your current kitchen. They can find strategic solutions to address them.

Review Budget, Time Constraints and Other Factors That Impact Kitchen Remodeling

The steps above give a general idea of what you want in your kitchen. The next phase is to talk about the specifics. How quickly do you need the remodel completed? How much do you want to spend? Are there any restrictions that may affect the timeline, like other home remodeling or construction projects? Do you want to keep certain features with your existing kitchen or start from scratch?

These are the questions we aim to answer so we can craft the ideal kitchen design. This part can feel a bit tedious, but it’s crucial to getting the design right. Be honest about your budget, and allow for a 10% contingency fund. The best kitchen design for you is going to be an attainable one.

Select Materials for Cabinets, Backsplash, Flooring, etc.

This step of the process may not happen during the consultation. For some designs, material selection comes later in the process, usually if the plumbing or electrical gets moved around. You may choose cabinets during the consultation and then select a countertop and backsplash later on.

Every detail matters, down to the hardware on the doors and the finish of your appliances. Your designer will walk you through every decision to create a cohesive design you love.

Get a 3D Plan for Your New Kitchen

Here at O’Hanlon Kitchens, we offer 3D renderings for kitchen designs. This helps you visualize what your new kitchen will look like before it comes to life. Not all designers have this option, but we know it makes a huge difference. If something looks out of place, we can correct it early on, rather than scrambling at the last minute to redesign.

Schedule Times for Demolition and Installation

Your kitchen design consultation is the planning step in the remodel. At the end, we’ll arrange times to make the actual kitchen come to life. This includes demolition, ordering materials, and installing the kitchen you’ve curated.

O’Hanlon Kitchens has flexible scheduling, and our direct replacement services happen in as little as 10 days. Contact us at 443-285-0558 to book a kitchen design consultation for your home.

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