How to Find a Reputable Kitchen Designer

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Today’s kitchens are far more than places to cook and eat. A kitchen renovation must consider all the ways this important space is used. From meal prep to homework central and family meals to entertaining, a professional kitchen designer can guide you through all the steps of creating the kitchen that is right for your lifestyle. Kitchen design involves all the elements that are visible, such as the layout, appliances and finishes, as well as the behind-the-scenes plumbing and electrical configurations that make the kitchen work. Designers stay up-to-date with the latest trends in materials and appliances. Choosing the right kitchen designer is the first step in ensuring that you get a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional and makes the most of your budget.

Establish your kitchen renovation goals.

Think about what is driving your desire for a renovation and what you hope to accomplish. Is your goal to create better flow, to increase counter space, to change the eating area or to accommodate more or larger appliances? Even if you can’t fully picture the end result, being able to communicate what you want to your designer will improve the likelihood of a successful final product and will help you identify the designer who best understands and shares your vision. Establishing your priorities at the start will also help the designer determine how to use your money wisely.

Set your budget.

In the heat of the moment, getting excited about all the latest gadgets and high-end materials is natural, but the reality is you will enjoy your new kitchen far more if you invest thoughtfully in the items that you will use and don’t let costs get out of hand. Sticking to a budget will involve some compromises, but a good designer can help you decide where to splurge and where to cut back — and still end up with the kitchen you’ve dreamed of.

Research kitchen designers’ credentials.

As with hiring any contractor, researching several kitchen designers’ credentials, experience and references is good common sense. Make sure that whomever you choose is fully certified, that the business is registered and can provide independent reviews.

Examine the designers’ previous work.

Seeing previous work allows you to not only determine the quality of the work, but also to see the scope of each designer’s portfolio and determine if a particular designer is a good fit style wise.

Vet candidates.

Understand what those initials on a designer’s business card mean. NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) certification is based on experience, education, client references, rigorous exams and continuing education. NKBA-certified designers know every aspect of kitchens, from mechanical systems to space planning and color. A CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer) designation requires at least 17 years of kitchen design experience. Certified Kitchen Designers (CKDs) and Certified Bath Designers (CBDs) have at least seven years. Meet ing with designer can help you to determine if his or her communication style and personality is a good fit.

Review and establish services and terms.

A detailed contract determines what work the designer is responsible for as well as the homeowner’s responsibilities, establishes a timeline and payment schedule, and can include items such as how changes will be handled. The more that is spelled out in the contract, the less chance there is for misunderstandings. Make sure you understand and agree to what you are signing.

Caruso Kitchens is invested in helping you create your ideal kitchen. Contact us today to get started. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver metro area.

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Kautz Project I Beth Parkere

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Caruso Kitchens | Kitchen Transformation in Golden

Kitchen Transformation in Golden

Designer: Jared Caruso
Photographer: Libby Martin

Project Details

This kitchen truly was transformed. It started as a closed off, nonfunctional, non-matching space and was redesigned into a beautiful, rustic modern, open and functional space. The kitchen now has a rustic modern farm house feel. It is a well-designed and balanced space that is open to the rest of the house.

The homeowners can now relax and use the space for their growing family and concentrate on making memories here for decades to come.

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Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

Lakewood, Colorado, January 17, 2018 – Caruso Kitchens in Colorado has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 30+ year old kitchen and bathroom design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

Best of houzz 2018 | DesignThe Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Designed for your Life. Great value. Highest quality. Precision.

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

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About Caruso Kitchens
You will feel good in your new Caruso Kitchen. We cover every detail with precision from our first meeting, until your first meal in your new kitchen. We are conveniently located off of 6th Ave. just off of Garrison. For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, we have the most experienced designers in Colorado. At Caruso Kitchens, we can also design your new bathroom, closet, entertainment center, hutches or any other room in your house.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Caruso Kitchens | Adrien Winger

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Caruso Kitchens | Denver Townhouse

Denver Townhouse

Design By: Montage Design Studio (Steffen Andrews + Christine Stegehuis)
Cabinets: Caruso Kitchens (Kim Foutz)
General Contractor: R Squared Design Build (Tom Restivo)
Countertops: YK Stone Center
Tile: Porcelanosa
Seating: Officescapes
Countertops: YK Stone Center
Tile: Porcelanosa
Seating: Officescapes

Project Details

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(1) Our clients love to cook and entertain but the kitchen in their 90’s era Denver townhouse was very dated.
(2) While it was a fairly large space, the layout was cramped and awkward.
(3) The adjacent sitting area was an after-thought and a mishmash of design styles.
(4) And the powder room needed some sprucing up, as well.
(5) We have been gradually moving the entire space to a more modern design vernacular.
(6) The cherry accents nod to wood flooring in other parts of the house.
(7) The kitchen’s central island became the hub for food prep, cooking and hanging out. We dropped a soffit over the island to better define the space.
(8) The amazing granite countertop inspired all of our other material selections. Check out the cool electrical pop-ups. They allowed us to be code compliant and not mar the island’s cherry bases with electrical outlets.
(9) These amazing pendants reference the countertop material and have a hip 60’s vibe.
(10) The island is nearly 9’ long. It took a heroic effort to get it into the space in one piece.
(11) We modernized the fireplace, using the same textured tile as the kitchen backsplash with a custom cabinet above the wet bar.
(12) The “Bob” chairs are, at once, sleek and comfy. We used a left-over piece of granite to fabricate a small table.
(13) We used David Hicks iconic “Hexagon” wallpaper in the powder room.
(14) Everything was going well in the photoshoot until some random guy wandered in off the street.


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Caruso Kitchens | 37 Avenue

37 Avenue

Designer: Caruso Kitchens

Project Details

  • Columbia Cabinets
  • White Painted Cabinets
  • Transitional Kitchen


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Caruso Kitchens | Arvada-Westwood Estates

Westwood Circle

Designer: Jared Caruso & Mark Fergenbaum

Project Details

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  • Columbia Cabinets
  • Transitional Kitchen
  • White Painted Cabinets
  • Dark Gray Maple Cabinets


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Caruso Kitchens | Westwood Circle

Westwood Circle

Designer: Jared Caruso, Mark Fergenbaum & Nick Charlwood

Project Details

  • Arvada- Westwood Circle
  • Columbia Cabinetry
  • Cherry Wood Cabinets


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