Webster’s Dictionary defines a kitchen as “a place with cooking facilities.” This practical definition doesn’t do justice to the real meaning of a kitchen. Many consider the kitchen to be the heart of the home—a gathering place where people come to talk, enjoy delicious creations, and make memories. Therefore, designing a kitchen is a much more personal process than its definition would suggest. It’s an investment of money, time, and faith in a designer to “nail it right the first time” as they say at Williams Lumber and Home Centers.
With eight locations in the Hudson Valley, Williams is never very far. Their expansive kitchen and bath showrooms in Pleasant Valley and Rhinebeck feature over 20 design displays ranging from traditional, contemporary, ultra-modern and transitional from Master Brand (which includes Dynasty, Omega, Schrock and Entra) to Crystal Cabinetry. The Master Brand line offers price points for all budgets.
“We understand that most homeowners will design a new kitchen only once or twice in their lives,” says Maria Szeglowski, a Certified Kitchen Designer at Williams, who has been helping individuals create their dream kitchens and bathrooms for over 30 years. “Every individual and every situation is unique. We know what questions to ask, and we know when to listen,” says Szeglowski, who was named one of the “Top 20 Designers in the Country” in 2015 by Omega Cabinetry.
Questions revolve around needs that are particular to each family, couple, or individual. These needs include design, storage options, traffic flow, work space for multiple cooks, and full handicap accessibility. The particular needs of homeowners in different stages of life are a top concern.
Function & Aesthetics
Planning and building a kitchen can be a daunting task and it is understandably difficult to know where to start. Most people have a few design ideas and they usually have problems to be solved. The wide array of products and designs provide great solutions, but they can be overwhelming. “Our most important job as designers is to educate consumers about the choices, so they can select what works for them both functionally and aesthetically,” says Szeglowski.
A designer’s role is that of a teacher addressing different challenges and helping the consumer seamlessly through the process. The Williams design team utilizes computer software to help individuals visualize what their final kitchen will look like.
Expect the Unexpected
At Williams, the same designer who worked with you at the showroom will also come to your home to assess the space. “It obviously helps the designer to actually see what they are working with,” says Szeglowski. “We gather more comprehensive information so we can offer a cohesive solution.” Design revisions and changes of heart are very common. Many times the designers offer unexpected solutions that the consumer needs to think about. In most situations, there are no hard rules and set decisions.
The designers at Williams Design Center along with their customers have created some of the most beautiful and functional kitchens in the Hudson Valley. They understand that while different designs and products are part of every new and remodeled kitchen plan, building positive relationships is the key that opens the door to discovering personalized solutions. And, just like the kitchens, each relationship is different. The Williams Lumber 2019 Cabinet Sale runs from March 1 through June 1. A $1,000 discount is available on selected brands.