Our ProcessStart with an Idea
The first step in planning a new kitchen or bathroom is to build an idea file. This is nothing more than a collection of things that appeal to you. Look through magazines or search online for styles, products, and surface samples that catch your eye.
Keep an open mind about what you can afford at this point. The purpose of your idea file is to help you create a vision, a look and a feel that best reflects your personal tastes. The idea file will act as a constant reference point for your plan.
Look Closely AtThe Space
Careful observation of how your family uses the kitchen or bathroom is a critical step. Note existing traffic patterns and determine how accessible the important features are to all family members. If you are conducting a remodel, decide what the main purpose is. Are you simply updating the existing footprint or do you want to redesign the entire layout? Here are a few questions you should ask yourself:
- Should your plan include an eating space?
- Do you have enough storage space?
- Are your cabinets logically placed for your use?
- What small appliances do you need ready access to?
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Map Out theTerrain
As you make your observations, it also helps to map out your routine on paper. The best way to evaluate the functionality of a space is to give yourself a clear picture of what works and what doesn't work. As you do this, be sure to note all the obstacles that keep your current kitchen from meeting your needs.
Make a list of both what you do like and what you do not like about the existing design. Here are some of the things to look for as you walk around your kitchen. Dozens of others will come to mind as you get into this process.
- Are your storage solutions appropriately placed?
- Do you have a comfortable work triangle?
- Is your work triangle out of a major traffic pattern?
Decide Who WillDo What
Our company will take on as much of the project as you wish, however, we leave the additions and structural remodels to other contractors. We have established working relationships with quality subcontractors, other tradesmen and wholesalers. Or, if you are a do-it-yourselfer, we will be happy to provide materials only.
""Our experience tells us that a major element of success is communication of details from one trade or supplier to another."" Working together with one set of specifications can make your dream kitchen everything you thought it should be.
Money is always an object, so this is a good time to determine just how much you want to invest in your kitchen or bath. Keep in mind that these are the two most popular places in the home to remodel. Since a good portion of everyone's day is spent there, be sure you budget enough to make those rooms come as close to your vision as possible.
The only way to be sure of how much you may need to invest is to identify the space and allow us to do an estimate. Our qualified designers can add value to your investment by applying their experience and expertise to the job.
Drawings will not be released until an agreement to purchase has been made, or a design retainer has been received.
Setup a designInterview
Contact us to setup an appointment and we’ll walk you through different options that fit your design needs and budget.
Our professionals have years of experience in the design and construction of kitchens and have mastered the process. We know how to make the most of a space, how to spot and prevent problems and how to get the job done right. An interview with our designers is one of the most important step you take in this process.