Learn From the Design Pros

April 6, 2017

During Boston Design Week Jewett Farms + Co. hosted an event with some of New England’s finest designers and architects. At our Lunch Date with a Designer, each of our panelists had so many great tips to share, over the coming months I will feature them and their design expertise.

PAPaula Accioly is a Jewett Farms + Co. designer, originally from Brazil, she has worked in Miami, England, and Boston. Paula graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor in Business Management, she then went on to the Miami International University of Art and Design (AKA The Art Institute) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

Paula discussed the preparations that people can make as they start to think about their kitchen renovation. As we know, good things take time, Paula shared the benefits of being prepared. Read on for Paula’s pearls of wisdom.

Get Inspired. Use Houzz, Instagram and Pinterest. It doesn’t need to make a lot of sense in the beginning, whatever inspires you –  keep it!  Your designer can help you organize those inspiration images into folders, eliminate the ones you no longer like and find what exactly it is in those images that inspires you.  Those images will help the designer get a feeling for the space and your taste.

Think Appliances. Visit different showrooms and see what is out there, what works with your lifestyle and what catches your eye. But I would recommend not to buy anything at this point. Your designer will work on different layouts for your space and some appliances work better than others. But if you have a favorite it is good to know at this point.

Wants Vs. Needs. Images can help a lot but they won’t tell your designer that you have a two-thousand-pound mixer that needs a special cabinet. Or about the bowls that used to be your grandmothers that you’d love to display. Unique details of what you can’t live without or things you always dreamed of because we are designing a kitchen for you, a unique space that will work with your lifestyle.

Budget. Do some research, especially if this is your first project. Shop around and visit kitchen showrooms, show the basic layout and size of your space. Try to get a few detailed proposals from different companies, take note of everything that is included and ask how the cabinetry is made. This is the time to figure out if you are going semi-custom or custom cabinetry, this will determine where you’re buying your cabinetry. This can be a time-consuming process and is definitely something that should be done early in the process.

Timeline. Great kitchens take time, don’t decide today that you want a kitchen tomorrow. Give yourself time to work through the design, to pick all the details. I would say the average is 4-5 months from start to finish to complete a kitchen renovation. So, ask the contractor when you need cabinetry and start making some decisions. Keep in mind that the kitchen project is not just cabinetry. Tile, custom hoods, and hardware can all have long lead times, so be prepared.

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