We once heard a residential construction engineer say, “Avoid letting the client see the inside of the house before all the dry wall is installed. No design looks ‘right’ before all of the structural pieces are in place.”This is important to remember when redesigning a kitchen or even just installing new cabinets – the initial planning documents and construction will never fully showcase the final results. That’s why it’s important to include both the designer and installer early in the process. It’s critical to keep practical, technical concerns in mind right from the start. The fact is, not all kitchen design firms also handle installation!
Why should a kitchen designer be involved in the installation process?
Creating a kitchen that checks all the boxes of your wants and needs requires a designer with a keen eye for both aesthetic appeal and technical function through installation. Too many people experience ‘design disasters’ where they are promised an impressive, elaborate kitchen remodel, but find that the final result just doesn’t work in the course of daily life. Somewhere along the way design trumped function. This is why it is so important to hire a kitchen designer who can handle both the design and the installation aspects of a kitchen or cabinet remodel. The installer understands the day-to-day practical use, and limitations.
Consider this example: You are remodeling your kitchen and creating more cabinet storage space is at the top of your list. You and your partner settle on large, traditional cabinets that seem like they will provide a good deal more vertical storage. The designer you hired agrees and passes the plans along to an independent contractor for installation. After the work is done, the cabinets look great! There’s just one problem: the vertical space between the bottom of the cabinets and the counter is now too short for the coffee maker, blender, and paper towel holder. You may have gained cabinet space, but at the expense of coveted counter space. It turns out that the new cabinets are too tall for the existing ceiling! This could have been avoided if the designer was involved in the technical aspects of the implementation.
At Myrtle Beach Cabinets, we are involved in all parts of the kitchen and cabinet redesign and installation process. Even if we don’t do the installation, we work closely with your contractor to fully appreciate the technical requirements. We take your aesthetic and functional needs into account from start to finish. If you are looking to make updates to your space, make sure you choose a designer that also installs. We are here for you! Call today at (843) 839-5633 or contact us online.