Kitchen Designers vs. General Contractors in St. Louis

Written by Brittany Allen

kitchen designer vs general contractorYour kitchen. If you’re like most families, it’s the most popular room in the house. Consequentially, it is also the room most likely to be remodeled. Because of the complexities of a kitchen remodel, it requires expert support from various trades, designers, and builders, a dedicated team that works together to ensure the result is everything you want it to be.

Reasons To Remodel Your Kitchen

There are plenty of reasons you might want to remodel your kitchen. If you have been living in your home for a long time, it might need some updates to bring it into this century. Or, you could be an empty-nester who finally has a little bit of liquid cash to do something nice for yourself.

It could be that you’ve bought a new home and need to make some changes to suit your lifestyle better. Perhaps you’re looking at a kitchen redesign as part of a bigger remodeling job, like transforming your floorplan into an open-concept design.

No matter what reasons you have to remodel your kitchen, working with an experienced kitchen designer will deliver a lot of value in time saved, money saved, and peace of mind.

kitchen designer vs general contractor

Why You Need A Kitchen Designer

Kitchen design is not a simple undertaking. There are a lot of things to consider, like storage, appliances, light, traffic flow, and, ultimately, how you use the kitchen on a daily basis. While a general contractor might know the basics of kitchen design, they may not have the experience and insight of a dedicated, professional kitchen designer.

Arguably, anybody can choose countertops, finishes, and fixtures that will look good. But, it takes a talented designer to ensure the function lives up to the appearance. In the end, your expensive granite countertops will just be non-functional eye candy if the entire room isn’t laid out and set up in a way that’s conducive to the way you use it.

Why You Should Trust Your Kitchen Designer

You can trust your kitchen designer to deliver on all counts: functionality, beauty, value, and longevity.

Professional kitchen designers are on the cutting edge of today’s trends and technologies, ensuring that whatever the vision is for your new kitchen, you’ll get the straight goods on what is and is not possible.

Brittany and Megan, the certified kitchen designers at McDermott, will have ideas that you may not have even considered. Their connections and relationships with suppliers and tradespeople give you insider access to designs and features that might not be available to the average person.

“I never thought about that!” is a statement we hear almost every day.

Kitchen designers have tools and resources at their disposal that the average person does not. Their job is to walk you through every process and take the stress out of selecting, designing, and making final decisions about what you want and need.

kitchen designer vs general contractor

Value Engineering

One of the ways that kitchen designers save you money is through value engineering. For example, you might have your heart set on marble countertops, but with the new appliances you’ve chosen, it might put you over budget. Your designer will deliver the kitchen of your dreams and do so within your budget.

In this example, it means that you can have the appliances you want, but by choosing a different material for your countertops—one that looks exactly like marble for a great deal less money—your dream kitchen will come to life without having to overspend.

Invaluable Insight And Experience

Another way in which a kitchen designer delivers value is in knowing what’s going to give you the functionality you need to make your life easier. At the outset, you will sit down with the design team and talk about your family, your lifestyle, and your ideas for the kitchen. Based on these discussions, the designers will suggest features and design choices that will enhance, accommodate, and support the way you live.

Some people call it kitchen magic, but we like to think of it as something that’s “all in a day’s work.” Our technical and practical experience tells us what works and what doesn’t, and our 25-plus years of designing kitchens in the St. Louis area gives us deep insight into the neighborhoods and communities we serve.

If you are getting ready for a kitchen remodel, you owe it to yourself—and your pocketbook—to work with a professional kitchen designer. Give us a call when you’re ready! We’d love to show you how we can help.

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