The pictures you will see below are the results from a small kitchen design meeting.
The homeowner actually grew up in the home and other than the refrigerator being in a different spot over the years, this is how the homeowner always saw the kitchen in the real pictures you will see.
The homeowner, having seen this kitchen for so many years, had no idea that it could be any different.
After asking several questions during the in home interview, it became apparent to me that the homeowner had no intentions of ever moving from the home.
Instead of simply updating the kitchen by plug and play methods – you know pull out an old cabinet and put the exact cabinet only newer right back in it’s place – I could see the potential for more with this kitchen.
During the interview it, the homeowner indirectly mentioned remorse for not having a window in front of the sink. Honestly, I can’t blame the homeowner as washing dishes is a dull task in itself, let alone having to stare at a wall like a commercial dishwasher!
Also, in the interview the budget was discussed and there was room to do things other than ‘just update the kitchen’. This is key here folks because the one thing I can’t stand doing is designing something out of the homeowner’s ballpark. Not being open about your remodeling or new construction budget just creates a bad situation all around. That is why I make it very clear that budget should be openly and honestly discussed. I have said it before – this is not a game of poker – so there is no reason to ‘hold the cards’. Doing so only hampers the design process and keeps from having a true trusting relationship.
In the gallery below you will see the current kitchen in the pictures and then in the design pictures you will see the vision of the potential for the new kitchen. It provides a window in front of the sink and changes the layout enough without breaking the kitchen remodel budget. Also you may notice that I was able to determine that there was no significant reason for the soffit above the wall cabinets. By removing the soffit this kitchen design now how taller cabinets than originally designed for. Providing the homeowner with much needed extra storage space.
As you may imagine, the homeowner was floored that this could actually be their kitchen!
The homeowner simply could not believe nor ever had imagined that a window could be where I placed it.
Having the ability to be able to directly show clients the potential for their new or remodeled space is a great source of joy and pride for me. Watching the faces of clients light up when they see the initial concepts is worth every penny and hour spent and will be continued to be spent on the Chief Architect software, hardware and training that allows me to provide 3D Designs and Renderings.
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