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How Much Does A Kitchen Designer Cost?

Typical Range: $3,722 - $21,526

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Kitchen Design Cost

The average price of a kitchen designer is $160 per hour, or between $65 to $250 per hour. Alternatively, some charge 10 to 20% of your total project cost. The national average total ranges between $3,722 and $21,526. Completing a plan takes about 10 to 20 hours of work for a standard 100 to 250 square-foot kitchen, but prices can escalate fast for more complex designs or larger spaces.

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National Average
$12,624
Typical Range
$3,722 - $21,526
Low End - High End
$700 - $48,000

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Kitchen Design Fees

The average national cost range to hire a kitchen designer is $3,722 and $21,526. There are three types of kitchen design services to consider:

1. In-store consultations

Free in many national retailers. Stores specializing in cabinets and countertops offer this too. High-end designers offering custom-made layouts charge $150 to $450 per meeting. Not all of their storefronts are visible, but they will have a showroom inside. Their fee includes a home visit to take measurements and draw a plan. Deducting the cost of the session from the final bill is standard.

2. Professional design centers 

Cost is $100 to $750 per hour. You will pay more if you are working with a firm that has certified experts or hires independent professionals. Although this is an expensive option, they will help you to choose materials, fittings, and advise you on subtle design elements such as color schemes.

3. Certified independent kitchen designers 

Certified designers usually charge $65 to $250 per hour or 10 to 20% of the total remodeling costs. For mid-range versions expect to pay them $1,500 to $3,000 in total. They usually take a down payment before starting work. House visits, planning, design time, and overseeing the entire project to its completion are all included. 

They save you time and money by ensuring efficient communication and logistics between the architects, contractors, and suppliers.

In-storeDesign centerIndependent services
Low EstimateFree$100 per hour$65 per hour
High Estimate$450 per session$750 per hour$250 per hour
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Hourly Rate for Kitchen Designers

Aside from one-time free consultations, if you want an independent designer to oversee the entire construction, they will charge you $65 to $250 per hour, or a total of $1,500 to $3,000 for a midrange version. A high-end plan by a professional design center costs $800 to $6,000 per day.

Kitchen Design Price Factors

  • Level of involvement dictates the time a professional spends on your project.
  • Structural plans cost more than just replacing countertops, cabinets and appliances.
  • Outsourcing is more expensive compared to an in-house team of builders, architects, and engineers.
  • Deliverables, such as 3D renderings, are more expensive than written reports and 2D drawings.

Do I Need a Work Permit For My Kitchen Designer?

You only need a building permit if you are modifying the structure or changing electrical, plumbing, or mechanical elements in your home. Talk to the contractor and your designer if you have any concerns. If you have an HOA, check your CC&Rs.

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DIY vs. Cost of Professional Interior Design for Your Kitchen

The price of fittings and materials for self-building a 100-square-foot midrange kitchen is $13,500 to $16,000. Using a professional firm costs $59,500 to $72,500 for all labor and materials. It also includes the price of appliances, such as an oven, dishwasher, and garbage disposal. 

For major renovations, we recommend hiring a professional because they have the experience to:

  • Pull together a team of trusted and reliable experts.
  • Source the best materials at the lowest prices.
  • Manage subcontractors and manufacturer orders.
  • Innovate designs that are safe, practical and increase your home’s resale value.

Working with a Kitchen Designer

Start with researching kitchen designers in your area. Check out their portfolios and arrange a meeting with your favorite pros. Many offer free one-hour consultations. This is an excellent opportunity to determine if you have a similar vision and style. Follow these steps to get the most out of the experience:

1. Schedule your meeting in advance.

Setting aside time to meet with the designer will help you get your questions answered. You'll also have time to gather information or design worksheets that they might need during the appointment.

2. Get inspired.

Search design-related websites and check out print magazines for inspiration. Pick out your preferred styles, color schemes, and layouts to show them.

3. Fill out questionnaires.

Most reputable designers and national retailers have a form to fill out before your scheduled consultation. They ask about your current layout, your needs, habits, and any special features you require.

4. Set a budget.

Professionals use this as a guideline, and it enables them to present ideas and materials that are affordable for you.

What is a Kitchen Designer's Process?

A specialist factors in the size of your space, taste, and budget when creating a detailed plan. Their process includes:

Finding inspiration

In the first consultation, a professional asks about your vision and needs. They may ask for photos, website links, feedback on material samples, and preferred fittings.

Using complex design tools

The primary methods for working on your blueprint include 2D and 3D computer modeling software, 3D and high-resolution cameras for recording your existing space, color wheels, and traditional sketches.

Considering appliances and fixtures

A critical aim is ensuring each item balances aesthetics and functionality. You must also install them correctly and conveniently position them to each other.

Looking at the whole of home

Whether it’s a 19th-century farmhouse or an ultra-modern home, a skilled designer will take into account the age and style of your house when planning a space.

Writing up detailed plans

After taking measurements, they create an action plan based on your specifications. Until you sign a contract and pay, this remains the property of the designer.

Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Remodel Designer

  1. Are you certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association?
  2. Have you done kitchens similar to the one I want?
  3. Can I see photos of your previous work?
  4. How many plans will you develop?
  5. Which cabinet, countertop, flooring manufacturers and installers do you work with?
  6. What's your target timescale and the overall process you follow in your projects?
  7. Will the redesign add value to my home?
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FAQs

What is a kitchen designer, and what do they do?

A kitchen designer is a specialist in planning and implementing the remodel of kitchen spaces. They'll help you pick materials and styles, give you a quote, render a model and send the order to manufacturers and installers.

How do I find and hire a certified kitchen designer?

You can use our directory to find and hire a certified kitchen designer.

Do I need a kitchen designer?

If you're doing a big reno, hire a kitchen designer. If you are only replacing a sink or painting your cabinets, you can either pay for installation or DIY.

Can a kitchen designer do structural remodel plans?

Most likely not. Kitchen designers are not structural experts. Consult a structural engineer for changes like removing a wall.

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