Working with a Designer

Working with a professional designer can seem a little nerve-wracking if it’s something you have no experience with.

At Kabinet House, we provide free design services along with our great products and expert installation team so you can meet and work with fewer people to make the whole process a little less confusing.

• If you’re starting to consider renovating your home, there are a few things you can do to prepare before your first appointment with a Kabinet House representative. First, start collecting photos of room styles, products, appliances, fixtures and finishes that you like. You can do this by clipping pages from magazines or using a popular search engine like Google and printing or saving digital files.

The more information you can offer your designer, the easier it will be to communicate your vision when the time comes.

• Making lists for your designer is one of the key elements of preparing for your renovation. Things they will need to know include your shopping habits, positives and negatives of your current layout, features you want to see in the new room and the type of use you want to get out of it – does your family spend a lot of time in the kitchen or is it simply a place to go and cook meals? Is your bathroom a haven of relaxation or a place to take a quick shower? It’s important to know the answers to these questions ahead of time so you can go into your first meeting knowing what functionality your space will require.

• Always provide your designer with information about the type of appliances or fixtures you plan to include in your new room. If you are hoping to replace a stand-up shower with an enormous whirlpool tub, it’s important for your designer to know about it early in the design process. Appliances and fixtures will vary in size from company to company, so always double-check the final measurements before having your cabinetry ordered.

• Give your designer the measurements you’ve taken. Kabinet House will always measure the space during a visit to your home, but it’s important to have that list of windows, electrical outlets and other fixtures, to make sure nothing is missed. No one is more familiar with your home than you are and it helps facilitate discussion between you and your designer.

• Always go to your first meeting with a budget in mind. Don’t forget to include room in your budget for installation costs, appliances, lighting fixture changes and any other changes you will be making to your home. Sharing your budget outline with your designer helps to narrow down products that fit your budget and style.

• If you have a timeline in mind, make sure to discuss this with us during your first meeting. It can take up to three weeks to receive your initial design from Kabinet House, so if you have an event coming up, communicate this to your designer so we can take it into account when planning your renovation.

Bonus tips:

• Always make sure you ask questions if you’re unclear about any detail of your renovation

• Consider coming up with keywords to describe the ideal atmosphere for your room – words like “bright” or “classic” will really help your designer narrow down your choices and help you settle on the perfect look

• Communicate any concerns you have regarding permanent qualities your room may need, such as family members who have special needs or health issues like trouble with bending or reaching