The One Person Who Can Make Your Dream Kitchen a Reality

Kitchen design trends are constantly evolving and it may be time to update yours. A kitchen supplier may be the missing link for a successful renovation.

By Benjamin St. Jacques

 

American kitchens have evolved over the past few decades from simple rooms for cooking and eating to the being the center of the home where conversations happen, families gather, and guests are entertained. That’s why many homeowners are putting time, money, and energy into remodeling their kitchens.

 

But they’re not doing it alone. They’re turning to kitchen suppliers for help.

 

What Is a Kitchen Supplier?

Much more than appliance salesmen or contractors, kitchen suppliers work with you to understand your vision of what you want in your kitchen. They then work with contractors and appliance retailers to supply you with a brand-new kitchen from the floors to the cabinets to the appliances to the lights.

 

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What Are the Benefits of Using a Kitchen Supplier?

There are several benefits to working with a kitchen supplier.

 

One of the great things about these specialists is they present you with options for floors and walls you may have never considered before. For example, you can choose natural materials like stone or raw oak. Or, you might choose the modern look of high-gloss black granite or glass. A kitchen designer will even show you how you can combine different materials to create a truly dazzling look.

 

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Of course, there’s no point in having a beautiful kitchen if it doesn’t function as good as it looks. A kitchen supplier has the appliances you need to make your life easier and more stylish. They can provide the basics like dishwashers, ovens, and refrigerators, to more luxury items like espresso machines and climate-controlled cabinets. You may also want to consider built-in appliances because they combine performance and convenience while giving you more space to cook and move around.

 

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You can even talk to your supplier about a new layout for your kitchen. Is there a better place for your sink or pantry? Maybe an island is just what you need to get additional counter space.

 

This kitchen supplier tip is perhaps the most important of them all: kitchen suppliers have relationships with the contractors who can do all of the required work. The contractors they work with are the best in the business, and fair prices have already been negotiated.

 

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How Do I Choose the Right Kitchen Supplier?

Not all suppliers are created equal, so choosing the right one can be a challenge. There are a few things to consider.

 

First, make sure you find a supplier that has a wide range of options. For example, you may like one supplier’s sinks and faucets, and another’s floors, and yet another’s appliances. Make sure you like everything the supplier you choose has to offer. You don’t want to find yourself having to work with more than one supplier. That defeats the ease and convenience of working with a kitchen supplier in the first place.

 

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If you already have a particular aesthetic in mind for your kitchen (rustic, modern, Art Deco, or European, for example) then you can find a supplier that specializes in that type of design. Specialty suppliers are more likely to have a wider range of options in the style you like than general suppliers.

 

You’ll also want to consider the service you’ll be getting from your supplier. Don’t be shy about asking questions about their service. How often can you expect them to check in with you? Will you only be working with one point person? Are they available after normal work hours and on weekends? Who can you contact if you have grievances about service? Listen to their answers and don’t choose a supplier unless you’re satisfied with their answers to these questions.

 

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Also, you should know that rates may vary among kitchen suppliers, but getting a cheaper price should not come at the expense of the level of service you receive.

 

It’s good to do your research before committing to a contract with any kitchen supplier — no matter how friendly their staff may seem. Check online review sites, ask friends and relatives for recommendations, and even call the Better Business Bureau to see which of your potential suppliers has the best reputation.

 

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When you’re ready to update your kitchen, avoid the hassle of visiting multiple stores, dealing with salespeople, and calling contractors. Find a reputable kitchen supplier, and make your dream kitchen a reality.