Not all designers are created equal.
You know the saying, you get what you pay for? You spend your hard earned money to do a renovation, so you want to have a quality job done, correctly! You shouldn't have to find another contractor once the renovation is complete, all to have certain things done over again because it wasn't done right the first time. Living through one renovation can be stressful and unpleasant at times, so why go through the same one again.
If you look up a kitchen designer job description it states: “Kitchen designers create kitchens for clients, including cabinets, flooring, counters, and appliances. They use their skills to determine a client’s project goals, prepare final plans and create a timeline for the project. “
This is absolutely true, but to accomplish these tasks involves extensive experience, training, math skills, attention to detail, construction knowledge, product knowledge besides the all-important design eye. A kitchen designer has to be both analytical and creative, equal right brain and left brain. This list also leaves out the fact that kitchen designers work with homeowners so they need to enjoy working with people and teaching since they need to explain why things can and cannot be done. So, in the end, going just anywhere for a design, doesn't mean you will get quality design. Remember, you get what you pay for, or don't pay for.