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Feb-19-13

How Much Does Kitchen Design Cost?

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Is your kitchen looking weary and worn? A new kitchen can revitalise the look and feel of your home and make it a much more functional space. The question is – how much does a new kitchen design cost? Find out the answers in this handy article.

Kitchen Design 101

Before building your kitchen, you’ll need to decide upon a design. There are myriad designs to choose from – minimalist, French country, Tuscan, art deco, rustic…the list goes on. If you’re in need of inspiration, you can browse images in our photo section for kitchen design ideas. 

Another design consideration is the kitchen layout. U-shape, L-shape and galley kitchens are the most common, and each possesses its benefits and drawbacks. Our article Kitchen Design Layout features some good tips for choosing a kitchen layout.

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The Costs of Designing a Kitchen

The question of how much a kitchen design costs is similar to ‘how long is a piece of string’? This is because the kitchen design cost depends on the designer’s fees, your location and the kitchen you want designed.

Generally, however, the cost depends on whether you choose a ready-made kitchen or a customised kitchen.

A ready-made kitchen will tend to be less expensive than a customised variety. This is because the kitchen has already been designed (and often built) and – save for a few tweaks – can be installed into your space as is.

On the other hand, a customised kitchen will be created to your specific requirements. The colour, style, layout, carcass, cabinets, accessories and materials can all be designed to help you create your dream kitchen. Obviously this will take time to design, and as such will cost much more than a ready-made kitchen. While the cost of hiring a kitchen designer will add extra dollars to your budget, it can be worth it to ensure you receive the ideal kitchen for your space and preferences.

It is difficult to calculate the cost of your kitchen design, since the designer will need to assess the space and requirements. If you want a more unique or contemporary style, the quote is likely to be higher.

As a general guide, you can expend to spend a few thousand dollars for a kitchen design.

Comparing Kitchen Design Quotes

Since it’s difficult to estimate the cost of a new kitchen design, the best thing to do is contact kitchen designers to get quotes. With our free Get Quotes service, all you need to do is outline your project and designers will reply to you with their estimates.

Ensure you find out what is included in the quote, and what it will cost to weak or deviate from the original design. Some designers offer additional services, so check if this is included in the quote.

You’re then one step closer to creating your dream kitchen!

Feb-19-13

The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes

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Do: Make a small kitchen work for you.
Don’t: Think bigger is always better.
“A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suit you perfectly,” designer Tish Key says. In this compact California kitchen, an island on castors can be easily be moved around to where it’s needed most.

Do: Leave some space to breathe.
Don’t: Go overboard with storage and fill the walls with cabinets.
“There’s rarely a need to completely fill a room with cabinets. A good layout is a balancing act between storage, function, and aesthetics,” designer Robert Bakes says. In this New York kitchen he designed with Cecil Baker, open space above the sink means there’s room to breath. Viking range and Sub-Zero refrigerator. Cabinet pulls from Doug Mockett & Co.

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Do: Invest in strong and good-looking cabinets.
Don’t: Skimp on poor-quality.
“Think about it — you’re opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential,” kitchen designer Beverly Ellsley says. In this French-inspired Connecticut kitchen, all of the cabinetry is of her own design. The intricate woodcarvings are from Ellsley’s Villa Collection for Enkeboll Designs.

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Do: Have countertop around wall ovens.
Don’t: Put a wall oven off by itself.
“Where are you going to put the turkey when you take it out of the oven?” points out kitchen designer Terry Scarborough. For a Connecticut kitchen, she made sure there was plenty of counter space next to — and across from — the ovens.

Feb-19-13

Kitchen Design Mistakes – 1

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Do: Know when to stop.
Don’t: Overdo it.
“It drives me crazy when a kitchen is over-designed. Knowing when to stop is the real challenge,” designer Christopher Peacock says. He used restraint in designing this New York kitchen, achieving a soft, mellow look by using old wood floors and vintage marble counters. The Country Kitchen sink is paired with the Amarillis Heritage faucet, both by American Standard.

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Do: Bring cabinets up to the ceiling.
Don’t: Have cabinets that fall short of the ceiling.
“They collect dust and un-needed accessories,” designer Joan Schindler says. In this Connecticut kitchen, cabinets are full height and create the maximum amount of storage, while glass fronts keep the space feeling airy. The panes are restoration glass, which is uneven. The cabinets are painted Decorators White in semigloss by Benjamin Moore.

Do: Have one element that’s fun or creative.
Don’t: Be boring.
“The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that’s warm, inviting, and personal,” designer Mick De Giulio says. “Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It’s not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to sing.” Adhering to that principle, he updated an Illinois kitchen in an old barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel.

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Do: Use cabinetry to conceal some appliances.
Don’t: Go overboard with stainless-steel appliances.
“Stainless steel can be a wonderful accent. However, as with all good design, there should be a rhythm with the placement. Splashes of stainless all over the place make any kitchen look and feel choppy and small,” kitchen designer Matthew Quinn says. For this kitchen in Atlanta, the designer chose white cabinetry over stainless to create a more room-like, livable kitchen. “Be especially careful with those stainless-steel coffins — giant stainless refrigerators,” he warns. “They can quickly overpower a kitchen design if it’s not balanced correctly.”

Feb-19-13

What are people looking for when they redo their kitchens?

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Serra explains that people have different reasons for wanting to redo their kitchens, but that for the post part peope are looking for convenience as the motivating factor. Home cooks are looking for appliances that have convenient features, and “cabinet access and storage should also be convenient, and the kitchen design overall should be convenient to use and move around in.” It is important, according to Serra, that “the kitchen needs to perform as effortlessly as possible under various types of pressure – multiple cooks, entertaining, extended cooking sessions, social cooking and more. Homeowners seek to express themselves in a personal way in terms of aesthetics and function and have the confidence to do so more than ever.” Of course, she adds that homeowners are also looking to find “that sweet spot between good value and stylish products of good quality.”

Feb-19-13

What’s trending in the kitchen right now?

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“Kitchen design is looking very exciting for 2013 as several design philosophies are converging and mixing, resulting in kitchens that are highly personal.” Serra adds “With the economy still trudging along without a spring in its step, homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops and flooring. Clean, modern styles with warm touches continue their popularity. I do detect a new interpretation of country style which includes the appreciation of nature and natural textures and finishes juxtaposed with more simple cabinet designs. Appliances with gourmet cooking features are important; likewise, interest in induction cooktops is surging.”

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Serra still sees a big “interest in open floor plans and the social kitchen, built-in and concealed appliances such as BLANCO’s Crystalline sink and flush, unframed cooktops are becoming popular.” She informs that there is a growing  nterest in design sustainability and healthy cooking, which factors into the consumer’s purchasing decisions more than they ever have in the past. Serra sees a renewed interest in “faux materials with a surprisingly real look due to technological advancements such as ceramic ‘wood look’ tile and ‘natural stone look’ laminates enjoy revived interest.”

Feb-19-13

Cute White Kitchen Design With Smart Storage Solutions

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This amazing white kitchen is designed by its owners – I’d say they decorated it like professional designers. The space is rather small, that’s why it was decided to use light colors – white. The style is modern and all the materials were chosen very carefully – they should have looked great and be practical for cleaning. The furniture is very different: a lamp from Istanbul, some from IKEA, some more various pieces. Everything needed is here, smart storage solutions help to do that. The kitchen turned out to be very cozy and the lack of bright colors is compensated with the cheerful company of kids of the owners, they bring joy! What do you think of the design? contemporary kitchen design, minimalist kitchen design, modern kitchen ideas, sleek kitchen design, small kitchen, stylish kitchen design, white kitchen design
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