Every kitchen is a new set of challenges which provides an opportunity
for a unique creation. This is a dynamic process of give and take
that occurs between the designer and the client until that unique design
Through creative space planning, many elements are brought together
in each kitchen – architectural elements become an integral part
of the kitchen along with proportion, texture, color and the imaginative
use of materials – to create warmth and comfort.
The design process evolves through several stages.
During the initial free consultation, designer Lois Kennedy and a potential
client discuss the pending projects and test the mutual compatibility
between them. A remodeling project is long term in most cases,
and personalities are key to success.
Once agreement has been reached to proceed, a preliminary design retainer,
which is dependent on the scale of the project, is required. An
in-depth interview/consultation will then be arranged, upon which preliminary
concept drawings will be prepared. This is the point where “dreams
meet reality” and a budget is created.
Generally this phase requires several meetings during which all details
are finalized and materials are selected.
Upon the arrival of a preliminary concept, a deposit is requested based
on a percentage of products needed for the project. Production
time is reserved with manufacturers and tradesmen once the deposit
is received. The plans are fine-tuned, contracts are finalized
and a deposit of 50 percent of the remaining balance is required.
Construction begins based on the manufacturers’ delivery schedules. Upon
arrival of the materials, balance of the fee is due, less five percent. The
final five percent is due upon completion of the project.
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