When we decided to build a new house but then to design its layout inside we could not have done so w/o the assistance and experience of the interior decorator who was with the builder. Her experience was immense but she also gave us room to disagree and add in our choices esp. with lighting, cabinets esp kitchen and master bath, and the tile used for the back drop of the induction range and work area surfaces. Just as we used an interior designer when purchasing our furniture from the two stores as we had decided to replace all of our older Midwestern dark looking furniture that we have had for years. Since we were going to be on the water we wanted our house but esp the interior and furniture to reflect this style. Even though we communicate extremely well and generally think alike we could not have done the interior w/o the professional guidance of the interior decorator - esp. for the time involved and at times all consuming or so it felt. We would not recommend one doing their remodeling w/o the input of at least the builder as the other kitchen project has.
It's easy to become obsessed with creating a dream kitchen. You spend time perusing beautiful images online,you stop by showrooms filled with luxury projects on your lunch hour and you eagerly absorb every detail as friends talk about their own renovations. When you are ready to start the process on your own renovation or remodel, however, it's time to step out of the dream and come back to reality—and consider the sticky subject of budget.
Thank you for your comment! I'm glad it was a good experience for you. Designers know how to save money for their clients via many trade tips, tricks, and substitutions that make sense financially and aesthetically. A design professional, the right one, can create designs that will truly enhance your lifestyle for many years to come. Glad to hear this.