Thursday, December 16, 2010

What does AKBD, CKD, CBD and CMKBD mean ? How do designers achieves these accreditations?

This is a topic that recent for me, as of December I passed my CKD. This has been a goal I have wanted to achieve for some time, but something always got it the way. This time things fell into place so here I am with new insight on this subject. So what do these letters mean? And who gives out these accreditations?

     Let's start who. National Kitchen and Bath Association. NKBA for short. Here is a link to their home page that gives more information about the organization.

    Ok, so what do this accreditation's mean? Here is a breakdown.

  1. AKBD - Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer
    • 2 years experience or combination of experience and formal education
    • 30 Hours of NKBA professional develop classes or same amount of college course work
    • 2 professional affidavits
    • Pass the written exam
  2. CKD/CBD - Certified Kitchen or Bath Designer
    • 7 years experience or combination or experience and formal education
    • 60 Hours of NKBA professional develop classes or same amount of college course work
    • 2 client references
    • 2 professional affidavits
    • Pass the 6 hour drawing exam for either kitchen or bath
    • Pass the written AKBD exam
  3. CMKBD - Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer
    • 17 years experience in the Kitchen and bath industry
    • Must hold CKD or CBD for min. of 7 years
    • 100 Hours of NKBA professional develop classes or same amount of college course work
    • 3 samples of 3rd party endorsements-
      • Published material
      • Interviews
      • Community endeavors
      • Contest placement
    So these letters tell people the designer has experience and education in their field.  What does this mean in terms of helping you hire a designer?  Well, from my point of view it should give the designer credibility in the industry. As for the client I would think it would be a starting place to helping you find the right designer. The NKBA website has a list of these professionals for people to find in their area.
As one of these professionals we are current on technologies, products that are the latest and greatest.  We can save time and money by understanding the needs and wants of clients, and guide clients to the right products and design to help achieve the goals for the spaces. We can avoid costly mistakes. Look for a design professional that meets your needs. It is about relationships. Our industry is very challenging due to it is constantly changing. There are so much information and product choices these days. It can be very difficult to navigate every aspect of the project.

    Sincerely Yours
        Angie Keyes CKD

Monday, December 6, 2010

What should the design process be?

Well, they’re many different answers to this question. This is the method I use.
  • First meeting is getting to know you, taking measurements and pictures.
  • At this meeting I like to talk about what your thoughts are on the space you want to renovate
    • This includes your style, tastes, ideas 
    • Your issues with the space, storage, traffic flow, function
    • What type of appliances, and cooking if kitchen, if a bath a tub/shower options
    • Do you have a budget in mind
    • The time frame you want this done on.
After this first meeting, I do a sketch of what I think will happen in the space based on the first interview. I then put a budget together. If the client wants to move forward I take a retainer. This varies depending on the scope of work needed from me.

Not all designers work this way. But this way seems to work well for me.  I know several designers work on hourly bases. I will do this as well again depends on what services are required.

Hiring a designer can be the best decision you'll make on a remodeling or new construction project. We have the latest and greatest of information available on products and design. A certified designer has been through the education, testing and must have many years experience. We can save time and money with helping make the right decisions.

My goal is to guide the client in making decisions based on the designs and budge they want to invest. You need to be able to talk to your designer you hire and trust the abilities.

The next step after hiring your designer is to finalize the details of the design. This includes:
  • Colors, Style, layout of space
  • Cabinetry- door style, type of cabinetry
  • Plumbing & lighting fixtures if required
  • Counter top materials
  • Flooring - tile, wood, other if required
  • Hardware, accessories

Sincerely Yours
     Angie Keyes CKD