"Design Your Dream Kitchen" course at OSU

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First a bit of background:

The one day course was run by senior students, and supervised by instructors, in the OSU home design program. The course consisted of presentations from, and discussions with, a kitchen designer, a builder/contractor, an appliance salesman, a lighting designer, the owner of a "green" building supply outlet, and a representative from National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Our overall impression of the course:

We felt that the course was worth the $150. We were able to confirm that our overall design was sound, and we were able to get enough help to get our task lighting design worked out and we have a couple of ideas that we are working on for the rest of the lighting.

What we liked about the course:

The question and answer sessions provided good information that is not easy (or possible) to get from regular company representatives.

While we did not get much from the drafting workshop since we taught ourselves from books it was nice to see it covered well. (We spent the time during the drafting session going over our plan with the lighting designer.)

What we would like to see changed in the course:

Take out the appliance salesman. There was nothing learned here that you do not get by visiting any of the high end appliance showrooms. Give the extra time to the other presentations.

Provide detailed information in handouts about the information covered in each presentation in the course materials instead of a copy of the powerpoint slides.

Presentations should be reviewed by students before they are used in the course. One presenter had good information that had almost nothing to do with his presentation, another had very poor slides that were almost impossible to read, and a third talked so softly that she had to have everything she said repeated. Each of these issues could have been easily delt with.

In conclusion:

If you are planning on doing a kitchen remodel, check with your local college/university and see if they provide a course/workshop like this. If they do, take it.