Certified Kitchen & Bath Designers:
If you are considering a full remodel of either a kitchen or bath, it is paramount that you seek a nationally Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKD/CBD), who is certified by the NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association). They will not only have a great deal of experience, by requirement, but they will have also passed an exceedingly rigorous, all-day practical exam, proving their expertise in each field. As you would select the best surgeon available for a liver transplant, you should take the time to locate a good CKD/CBD, who is also seasoned, creative and who will take the time to listen to all of your needs and wishes for the finished product.
Kitchen & Bath Design Guidelines & Rules:
In order to maintain the appellations of CKD/CBD, designers are required to keep up with the latest products, trends and ideas by attending NKBA sponsored seminars, industry events & trade shows and keeping up with both residential and trade publications. The NKBA has an ongoing set of kitchen and bath “rules,” which CKDs and CBDs are strongly encouraged to follow, when doing designs for clients. Hence, the more these rules are followed, the more efficient and functional the space will be. The key is to achieve just the right mixture of functionality & ergonomics as well as beauty and aesthetics.
Having an attractive, well-designed kitchen and bathrooms with current updates, especially the master bath, will give you a real advantage for the resale of your home. Buyers are much more apt to pay your asking price, according to HGTV.com. https://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/which-home-improvements-pay-off. However, instead of waiting until just before you are ready to put your home on the market, the time to remodel the kitchen or baths is earlier on in your home’s ownership. If you know you’re going to be living in your home for three to ten more years, remodeling allows you to totally enjoy your new space and you’ll really have the edge when you eventually go to sell.
John G. Yates, CKD, CBD