StyleMakers 2022: Karin Ross Designs

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Karin Ross Designs


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“There’s no time like the present.” If you have heard that sentiment said one time in your life, you have heard it a thousand times. While it might be easy to simply brush it off, when it comes to certain matters, it holds significant weight and deserves to be taken rather seriously.

“I have heard so many people say they think they should just wait to remodel their kitchen or bathroom because they believe things will get better in the future from a cost perspective,” expressed Karin Ross, owner of Karin Ross Designs, a design+build firm with an emphasis on bespoke crafted kitchens and bathrooms. 

Ross is a solid testament to what it means to employ resilience, patience, understanding, competence, and quality at a time when some things are somewhat out of her control.

“I know many people are thinking prices will come down and it will get better, but all things indicate costs will continue to increase across the board, from materials to freight to labor. If you want to get a new kitchen or bathroom, get it done now,” she emphasized. “Ultimately, you will still have value in your home, so why wait another five years?”

An award-winning designer known for her attention to detail and crafting the client’s own unique story through the creative expression of their inspirations exquisitely paired with her impeccable designs, Ross understands each individual’s lifestyle and needs, delivering results that are not only breath-taking but that also have a reputation for setting the standards for contemporary luxury.

Ross prides herself on elegant designs followed through with professional installation. She intently and thoughtfully listens to the ideas of the client, provides her own insight, and designs a product with longevity in mind. Her expansive showroom in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, which has undergone a significant expansion, is open to the public and is full of a myriad of samples from which to choose. No detail is overlooked in the process.

“I make sure everything is done correctly from the beginning,” she emphasized. “I have to think of the look and the function of the space as well as take into consideration how it will stand the test of time. I want it to last. I need to fully understand what the client is looking for so I can pre-select items to avoid overwhelming them and to avoid mistakes.”

Even during these uncertain economic times, Ross continues to lead, inspire, and innovate as she professionally and artistically navigates each specific project for the specific client, the specific space, and the specific home. A purveyor of truly custom design+build jobs, Ross is a strong leader in the remodeling industry. She can take a project from beginning to end that beautifully and effectively captures each client’s wishes and needs. Even when certain delays may occur, Ross emphasized her standards of service will never change.

“I plan ahead and am a firm believer of setting the right expectations,” reflected Ross. “Bearing that in mind, I realize I am not for everyone, either. I believe the client also has the right to select a contractor with whom they feel comfortable, one whose style will align with theirs. I will only take on projects for which I know I can give my all, as my clients deserve the best.”

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According to Ross, this is the season of “anything goes,” as long as it is put together thoughtfully. “I can open your mind to your true desires and work with it to create your dream kitchen or bathroom.” For Ross, it all comes to fruition in the end result, as the finished product looks like it always belonged there, and the client is extremely happy.

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