In my previous post, I discussed why speaking with a designer should be your FIRST step when it comes to a kitchen or bath remodel.  In this post, I’ll be discussing how to make that meeting more productive.

Here are my top 3 things you should do before meeting with your designer.




1. Know what you need

Do you need help coming up with a floor plan?  Will you need to see the space in 3D?  Would you like product selection or color scheme assistance?  Do you want someone to go shopping with you and help you select your materials?  What about installation?  Is that something you want to coordinate and supervise yourself or would you like your designer to handle that?  Make your list of needs before your meeting.  Write it down.  Be specific.

Many designers offer services and service packages catered to their clients needs (click here to find out more about the services and service packages offered by Cornerstone Interior Solutions).  Knowing more about what you are looking for from your designer will not only help your designer understand your specific needs, it could save you money.  Instead of assuming design fees are “all or nothing” be sure to inquire about how your designer can help cater to your specific situation.

 2. Bring your inspiration

Words can be deceiving in the world of design.  One person’s “modern” can another person’s “transitional”.  When it comes to communicating your tastes to your designer, it’s best to leave ambiguity out of the conversation.  Pictures help paint a clear picture of what you like (or don’t like) in a kitchen or bath design.

I often request that my clients start boards on Pinterest or Houzz and share them with me (I prefer Houzz because it allows you to leave notes on the pictures you save).  The more pictures there are, the easier it is to pick up on patterns of likes and dislikes.




3. Know your budget

One way or another, the topic of budget will need to be addressed when working with a designer.  You might not have the exact amount that you want to spend in mind, but you should have an idea going into your initial meeting.  Your budget will help direct every conversation you have with your designer going forward.  It will help them determine solutions and products to suggest to you to help you meet your goals.

The truth is, there are many ways to design every space.  Each different option comes with a different price tag.  I once designed a space for a $60,000 budget and the clients ended up not going through with their remodel and instead moved into a new home.  As luck would have it, I ended up coming on as a designer for the new homeowner years later and we came up with a COMPLETELY different design for about half the cost.  Both great designs.  Both completely functional.  The difference was my clients.  They both had different goals and different budgets – it was my job to cater to each of them individually.

So that’s it, my top 3 things you should do before meeting with your designer.  If you would like to set up an appointment to start your design journey with me, please call or text (989) 928-6425 or email