As a designer, there's nothing as frustrating as working with couples where only one person is really taking any interest in the design process. Even though only one of the couple may actually use the kitchen, the finished product is going to be at the very least seen by everyone in the house. "It doesn't really matter to me. It's her/his kitcchen" just doesn't play out in my experience. Everyone needs to have an input, no matter how large or how small.
So it was with great interest that I read about a new contest being run by Sunset Magazine. Dream Kitchen of the West starts on Monday, March 23rd, and gives designer wannabees a chance to participate in the choices involved in designing a new kitchen. Just visit the contest web page over the next 10 weeks to help designer/architect Cass Calder Smith pick everything the cabinets, appliances, countertops ... everything invovled in the design process.
Each week a new choice will be put to a vote. The first choice? Why, the floorplan of course! Then, as the work begins you'll be able to follow along on the web page. Plus, you can also put your name in for a $10 000 and a day with the Sunset design editor.
I know I'll be following. I know I believe it's important to have as many people involved in the design process as possible, but those people usually live under the same roof.