It’s no surprise to learn that when you’re planning a new kitchen, the appliances will represent a big part of your cost. But director of The Designory, Melissa Bonney, says while those after a kitchen like this one (left) often focus on finishes, they should spend just as much time planning — and budgeting — for the functionality such as layout and storage systems. “One of the biggest pitfalls with a kitchen project is focusing only on how it will look rather than how you will really use it,” she says. “Allow time to work through the final plans and mentally allocate all of your things. “These kinds of details are the difference between a perfectly functioning kitchen that is right for you and one that misses the mark.”
Using an experienced kitchen designer will not only help you think through all the details, from making space for your biggest cooking pot to where you want to store the drinking glasses you use every day but, Melissa says, they can save you money because of their buying power and contacts.
“And if you’re not working with a designer you’ll need to do the leg work yourself, so really hunt down the best deal before you lock it in,” she says.
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