But if you actually cook, you may be interested in Los Angeles certified kitchen designer Don Silvers, who offers two unique services:
• If you have your kitchen already designed, Silvers will review your plans in his Design Assurance Program. He writes: "I’ll evaluate your appliances, cabinetry, small-appliance storage, flow patterns and whether you have enough usable counter space. The analysis is based on an in-depth questionnaire and phone conversations so your kitchen is specifically tailored to the personal needs, habits and cooking styles of you and your family."
• Or, if you are at the starting point, he will design your kitchen according to the principles in his book Kitchen Design With Cooking in Mind, and then, when the kitchen is done, come over and cook a gourmet dinner for you and your friends to demonstrate how to use all your fancy appliances.
That was the happy scene not too long ago in Judy and Dan Amsler’s Hancock Park kitchen (pictured above), which Silvers designed for a flat fee of $5,000 plus the cost of the drawings. This was reported on by Janet Eastman in The Times’ Home Section. Afterward, he and the couple prepared a four-course meal that included sea bass, mushroom-and-pine-nut lentils, jicama salad and a cheese dish. They learned in the process the proper uses of their DCS stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher, and even how to treat their granite counters.
It seems to me just the thought of a meal like that could help one survive the trauma of a kitchen remodel.
(Photo: Ringo H.W. Chu / For The Times)