So what’s the question? Well, in the kitchen design world there are your AKBD’s, CKD’s, kitchen architects, and interior designers. But, is there another profession in association with design that can prove to be the necessary component to create the best of kitchens? Yes there is: THE BACKGROUND.
“The background” is not the back drop of a movie space or the extended perspective view in a design, it’s the person. Who are they? Where have they been? What necessary components make up the fact that they became someone who could continually and successfully designs kitchens without causing problems or failing in the attempt.
My personal schooling in the matter comes from the Hard Knocks Academy. Starting by actually installing, sanding and finishing floors and then from there went ground up to a millwork factory making cabinetry and installing it. But, deep in my soul burnt the creative personality that had existed from my beginning. It pointed me in the direction of using what I know to create something more.
So after asking the millwork office how long before I could get the chance to be in the design driver seat, the response nudged me to visit my local kitchen design studio to find their reaction. To my surprise they quickly hired me and put me in “the chair”. “But I have not prior design experience!” I exclaimed. “Let’s see how it goes” was the response. That is when all prior knowledge an experience fell into place. Hands on with flooring, cabinets, and art school gave me the fuel and confidence to throw myself in head first. The constant from then to now has remained my side kick…NEVER STOP ASKING QUESTIONS.
I found that my background and continued resolution to “ask and make sure” is what has made me a capable kitchen designer for over a decade.
There are others out there, like myself, whose backgrounds have made them a great success in their profession. So is it necessary “to be” a CKD or AKBD? No. My experience tells me it is the experience…the background.