About Sandra Agurto
Sandra Agurto is a kitchen and bath designer at Cabinetry Creations Inc. in Orlando, Florida. She studied interior design with an emphasis in kitchen and bath, and was endorsed by the NKBA at University of Nebraska at Kearney. She has enjoyed working in the industry for the last 16 years.
2nd Place Contemporary Award Award Winner
Where do you find design inspiration?
I am inspired by many things, from architecture to furniture and clothing. Currently, I am really drawn to nature – landscaping and natural light. I want to bring as much of the outside in as I can.
How do you approach the design process?
My main focus is to provide my client with a space they will not only love aesthetically, but love working in every day. I try to plan every detail to make their lives easier and more pleasurable. I have them walk me through their daily routine and tell me who is doing what in each space and how they are doing it. I love to know what is important to them and what is not, what they like and don't like (most importantly). I then meld all of that information with the overall design and aesthetic of the home.
What stands out aesthetically for you compared to other designers/architects?
First and foremost, I love to space plan. My strength is visualizing the same space designed in several different ways. I try not to limit myself too much during this process—anything goes—but I'm always keeping in mind a central focal point or feature in each layout. Which design will really make you feel good when you enter the room. Modern design fits me like a comfortable pair of old jeans. I have an eye for volumes and clean lines. I think this sets me apart from other designers and architects.
What is your biggest challenge as a designer/architect?
There are times when I disagree with the direction the client wants to go. I have to find ways to work through that – sometimes we agree to disagree, sometimes I can persuade them to my way of thinking, and sometimes we come up with an even better solution! I always try to keep things light and in perspective. Designing your dream kitchen should be fun.
What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
This competition represents a level of design that is above the other competitions, in my opinion. To have my work judged by other leading professionals, whose work I admire, is truly an honor.
Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
I think we are going to see bolder colors in both the cabinetry and flooring finishes. I also think that we will see more technology incorporated into our everyday kitchen living.