With apologies to William
Shakespeare, the issue in this column's
title has been an ongoing topic of
debate in our industry for literally
decades. I've heard most of the arguments,
pro and con, about whether to
charge a fee for kitchen or bathroom
design in the context of a bid proposal.
This is almost always a topic of lively discussion
in the design classes that I conduct.
Everyone wants to know what they
can do to protect their time and ideas.
First and foremost, let us agree that
being paid for one's time and ideas is
fair and just. Unfortunately, remodelers,
who don't seem to receive the respect
that they should, have found it difficult