Find Kitchen Design Advice Online

Thursday, March 5, 2009

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, picking paint colors is the easy part; figuring out a floor plan, not so much. If hiring a full-time kitchen designer to help with logistics isn't in your budget, consider Kitchen Design OnLine (, a new service from Bethesda kitchen designer Jennifer Gilmer. This flat-fee service, conducted primarily by e-mail, offers a range of in-depth design assistance, from simple floor plans to detailed drawings with 3-D color images.

The process is easy: Choose a level of service (basic, $495; intermediate, $750; or 3-D luxury, $995), then provide detailed information about your existing kitchen and the one you want. One to two weeks later, the service will e-mail you drawings of a proposed kitchen design. After accepting the design, you'll receive two architectural drawings via UPS; one to keep and one to share with your contractor or architect. There's no intimidation or obligation. It's fast, affordable and done from your home computer.

Now, about those paint colors. . . .

Terri Sapienza

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