If you want to do it right the first time, consider partnering with an experienced and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD). A CKD is a professional who is qualified by education and experience to research, design, and plan and supervise the installation of residential style kitchens.

The expertise of a CKD lies in researching the personal needs of the client and designing the most functional and aesthetically pleasing arrangement of space. The designer is trained to plan for efficiency, cost and mechanical installation unique to each individual project. They are also experienced in supervising the physical development of the project according to set industry standards that protect the long-term investment of the client.

Selecting a Designer (information from the NKBA website)

Choosing a design professional can be a difficult decision. By selecting an NKBA Certified Designer, you will be working with a professional who:

  • Has demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems
  • Adheres to a strict Code of Professional Conduct
  • Is an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards, which recognize the importance of consumer health, safety and welfare in kitchen and bath design
  • Is a member of the NKBA, a professional organization that provides them with the training and tools needed to succeed
  • Is skilled at assessing consumers' individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements
  • Remains current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment on the market

The Design Process

When selecting a design professional:

  • Ask for references and visit their showroom or store, if possible
  • Involve the entire family in the process and discuss any special needs
  • Pick the designer that satisfies your taste and style most. You should not be persuaded to do anything you don't like or that doesn't fit your budget
  • Trust an NKBA Certified Designer to help make your dream kitchen or bath a reality

For more information about Certified Kitchen Designers visit www.nkba.org/consumer_hire.aspx