We started our search to our Lansdale local kitchen place December ’07. Name left based unannounced.

It’s a newish place. Owners apparently had other businesses and lots of experience, so they say. Very unhelpful help, wanted a $750 design fee upfront to come out to do measurements and have an initial discussion. Geez – we were able to see 2 or 3 kitchen “vignettes” and they wanted cash.

We’re anxious …. but we’re not stupid.  First impressions leave a very lasting impression.



4 Comments to “First Kitchen Designer Visit”


  1. Becky — July 8, 2008 @ 4:48 am

    thanks for the blog comment – good luck on your kitchen! :-)

  2. Slab-Fab-Billy — July 9, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

    So many choices….
    You asked how we had decided upon our concrete countertops.
    I will try to encompass picking a designer or anything for your home in this comment.
    The most important thing, is “do your homework”. :)
    Get passionate about what you might want, exhaust the resources of the internet, and other media, dial into a vision of what you think you want. Flood your brain with pictures, colors, and looks.
    This all makes it easier and cheaper in the end.
    When you know generally what you want, you can exclude a bunch of things that you don’t. It also serves to refine what a “designer” might be doing for you, because you’ve already designed it a bit in your head. The designer then becomes a “translator” of your wishes into drawings. Designers, especially passionate ones, have lots of great ideas about using space etc. Expertise is what you pay for. You’ll know a good one when you meet them, because they inspire trust in your own vision, and theirs .

    Alright…
    In terms of concrete counters here’s some resources from the net.
    http://concretejungleonline.com
    http://www.buddyrhodes.com
    http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/countertops/
    http://www.concretenetwork.com/photo-gallery/countertops_2/
    http://www.concreteexchange.com/gallery.jsp

    I do my http://fabslab.wordpress.com (blogsite) about my concrete experience, but that is from the viewpoint of someone getting involved in the business of fabricating them.
    I’d suggest finding a local kitchen/bath design showroom that has concrete examples in it. Also a local concrete countertop fabricator.
    Go and see/feel what things look like up close. That coupled with any internet samples you see, will give you so great ideas about the possibilities.
    Good luck with your project!

  3. rob — July 10, 2008 @ 11:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Great resources.

  4. june — August 3, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

    KUDOS! Informational blog appreciated!
    Seems like granite countertops have received bad press!



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