New Homeowner in Central NJ- First Renovation ; Please help!!
Hi!! I've been in my home (a cottage) for two months now. Prior to moving I stalked GardenWeb and thought there were so many great ideas and so much knowledge. When I bought my colonial cottage I knew that the freestanding kitchen needed to be redone and I scoured all resources to try to find my style. Apparently my style in kitchen is the same style I have in a house....cottage...slightly traditional with beadboard accents (not too much). I've had 2 measurements done and have sat down and seen 1 floorplan and will see another in a week from a different cabinet maker (I had read to go to cabinetmakers first, but if that's not correct please correct me). I also have a designer scheduled to come in 2 weeks because I sometimes need my taste reigned in for my own sake, especially with color and I also hope they'll provide me with ideas.
I had my first sit down today to review a floorplan and I felt unispired...as if they brought nothing to the table that I couldn't have thought of myself. I understand that in today's world there are alot of resources for me to use and come up with ideas myself so I've tried to do that, but I also feel like this is something they do day in day out and they should be more familiar with clever ideas for a kitchen that I didn't think of. I left the meeting feeling like they were trying to sell me everybody elses kitchen despite me telling them my preferences (currently everyone's kitchen seems to be maple cabinets with either black or brown granite....which is lovely, but not my desired aesthetic). Maybe the designer is the person who will have the best ideas???
I guess my question is, is this what I should expect? Or should I hold out until someone knocks my socks off? I've never renovated before and I want to have realistic expectaions. If anyone could tell me what order I should be speaking with people (cabinet maker, contractor, etc) that would be great as well. A little about my style - I LOVE the double drainboard sink and would like to keep it (with a new base). I like painted cabinets (white, butter, pastel blue or green)or a rustic kind of wood, marble and/or wood countertops, upper shelves instead of cabinets and I think I like drawers for the base cabinets. As you can see from the photos I currently have a very bright yellow kitchen and it's very important that when I swap that color out I retain the bright happy feeling in it so any color advice would be greatly appreciated as well(All photos were taken before I moved in, and yes, I still bought the house Lol).
Also something I've been thinking about.....are there any areas that it's okay to save on. For instance, I have no idea what would be a good flooring even though I've researched, so should I go cheap on that? Sorry if these questions are disjointed and annoying, but I'm not used to being this confused and any guidance would be greatly appreciated :)