Typically when I meet with a new interior design client considering a kitchen renovation, I get two looks:
Look 1: Stress
The client wears this look of stress as they have determined they can no longer deal with the current space they have. It is no functional for them. The cupboards are too full and they need more cabinets, or even a pantry. There is no dishwasher and they are tired of hand washing sink fulls at the end of a long day. When they call me, they have hit a roadblock and don’t know how to even begin to redesign and complete a kitchen renovation. Nothing is getting done and time is passing and they are tired of it.
Look 2: Budget-Blank-Stare
As our conversation unfolds, I look to discover the client’s kitchen renovation goals:
- What do you want to do in the space that you are currently unable to?
- What is the most important change you want to make?
- When do you want to start? When do you want to be done?
- What is your budget?
Knowing the goals, including timeline and budget, help me determine the best route to take and to determine what is realistic. For example, if a client wants marble countertops, cherry cabinets and all new stainless steel appliances, wants in done in time for a big Thanksgiving dinner next week and has a budget of $500, we need to have a serious conversations about expectations. After that, we can really prioritize and get to the root of what the client wants to achieve.
Even a general idea for a budget is great. Depending on the size and condition of the kitchen, renovations could easily be $20-50k. That is a huge range. The more that is needing to be done, the higher the cost. The reality is to come up with a plan and stay within the budget. Because I have been in the industry for over 23 years, I have all the resources and connections they need.
I can help determine the most important, and most costly elements and discuss that with the client. This helps us stay within the budget. Perhaps new cabinets, countertops, new flooring and paint is where we need to start to stay within the 20K budget. However, if the budget is more, we can think about removing walls to allow for a larger space, lighting, backsplashes, hardware and intricate design elements to make the space standout and look very custom to the taste and desire of the client.
There is also a time and place to have an architect or general contractor present. These are the individuals that will be doing the required work and can tell us more accurately if we are within budget. The architect or general contractor will come up with a detailed drawing to show what the desired space will look like. They can also communicate the expected time frame to get the project done. The budget is then finalized and the work can begin once approved by the client.
The client is now at ease, because they are no longer at a standstill. They are reassured
a plan is in place with the right team and their desired kitchen will soon become a reality.
As a Denver Metro Interior Designer, it is my responsibility to make sure the client’s vision and expectations are fully meet. It is my desire to make life as easy as possible so the client can continue to stay focused on other things, such as work, family, and fun.
Kitchen renovations done with an interior designer can save you time and money by having a great team in place and managing the project. Your interior space should reflect who you are and how you live. It should be both functional and beautiful.