Investing in a Kitchen Designer

Dear Expert: How much should I expect to pay for the services of a Kitchen Designer?

A. You are wise to work with a professional specifically trained in kitchen design. There is not a set fee for the services of kitchen and bath designers. Services and fees charged by these designers vary. Some designers may charge a consultation fee to discuss the project, then adjust to an hourly fee or flat fee as the project progresses. Other designers include the original consultation fee as a down payment for the total project. Some designers offer free design services if you purchase the product and/or labor from their firm. If you plan on purchasing the products yourself and providing the labor, expect to pay a fee for the consultation services of a professional kitchen designer. As you talk with the NKBA designers in your area, ask about their consultation services and fees up front so you can make an informed decision.

—Lisa Weck, Cambria, NKBA President