The Designer Kitchen: Custom, Quality, Personal.

The kitchen is often the heartbeat of the home; it is where memories are made, where friends gather and where family members connect. Something this personal should not be one-size-fits-all. A designer kitchen takes a family’s needs into consideration instead of using a standard mold.

“Designer” equates to a kitchen where the finishes are thoughtful and unique to the client, where the space performs at the highest level and still looks beautiful, and a comfortable and functional workspace is created.

While builders or general contractors may have seen hundreds of kitchens, they don’t have the same design sensibilities as a designer, says Debra Toney.

Designers like Michelle Ku ask specific questions geared toward getting to know a client well before the design and finishes are considered. Everything from how often you play bridge to how often you clean is relevant in designing a kitchen that’s catered to your needs.

A professional designer also has a vast and ever-increasing knowledge of trends. Ku and Toney learn about the newest materials, appliances and advancements well before the general public, and use their expertise and resources to benefit their clients, whether its 5- star quality food or an eco-friendly space that’s the goal.

MaryJo Camp, of DesignCamp, says that though people are varied, they do have some common needs. In kitchen spaces, these needs include invisible and beautiful support, as well as storage, space and design for different activities, as modern spaces often multi-task. How these elements are incorporated into a kitchen is a personal process that reflects one’s way of life.

A designer kitchen takes into consideration your complete family make-up and how you’ll use the space, making it a far more personal room that will serve everyone in the household.

In addition to having an individual take on design and functionality, a designer kitchen is beautiful. Kitchen designers, more so than other industry professionals, might have a better gut for putting materials together. Pairing materials, appliances and finishes in a beautiful and useful way is the art of design.