When to Call-In the Kitchen Design Pros

How do you decide if you need a kitchen design professional?
It really comes down to your skill and the risk level you are willing to take. The following scenarios usually require a design professional, which is a general term I use to encompass architects and engineers. Upon reading this post you will have a better idea of when you should, and possibly should not, use a the services of a design professional.
Scenario 1: Structure Will be Affected
Any time your work will affect a load-bearing wall, column, or floor, you will likely need to consult an architect or engineer. It’s simply not worth the risk to save money on this element of the project. Perhaps if your affect to the structure is minimal, you can have a designer address just that issue and you can take the rest on separately.
Expect to spend a minimum of $450 for a designer to analyze your project and draw details for the building department.
Scenario 2: New Cabinetry is Needed
If you’re not going to be re-using or modifying existing cabinets, then I recommend consulting an architect. Few things affect the function of your remodel more than the layout of your cabinets. A good architect helps define your specific uses, and then designs accordingly.
Once you venture into cabinet replacement, you might as well spend a bit more and make sure they turn out right.

Scenario 3: You Have Difficulty Visualizing Your Project
OK, admit it. Some of us have no imagination, and no desire to develop an imagination. If this is you, then by all means, get some help. With a clever architect, you may still be able to produce a cost-effective remodel despite having to pay the design fee.
As an aside, you may want to at least try going to the local bookstore and buying a few magazines on home improvement or architecture. You never know what may inspire you to take on the design of your project.
Scenario 4: You do not Want to do Anything Yourself
Well, I can’t really argue with this mindset. Some of us have worked hard in life to be able to hire professionals, and if this is you, more power to you.
What other scenarios have you encountered that required a design professional?

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