When people visit our showroom for the first time, they frequently ask, “How do I get started”
Start with setting a realistic budget for your project. This should include everything, floor, window, cabinets, appliances, plumbing, painting, etc., everything you need to complete the project. The least expensive remodel is to keep the same floor plan as your existing kitchen. This is upgrading your cabinets, appliances, and countertops. Adding under cabinet lighting and recess cans will add to the price, as well as new flooring, a new window, and changing the plumbing.
Keep a file with pictures of things you like. Sometimes it’s not cabinets, but might be a paint color counter top, or a light fixture. There are many design idea sites on the internet to inspire you. This helps to move along the process and keeps you focused. Make this file part of your wish list.
No matter the size of your project, lighting is very important. Under cabinet lighting is the best task lighting. Fluorescent fixtures are obsolete. LED is the future now for under cabinet, recess can fixtures, all lighting. Don’t skimp on the lighting budget, it’s a very important to add and bring your lighting into the 21st century.
A kitchen designer is very important. The designer will measure, consult with you, and draw a floor plan that meets you and your family’s needs as well working within your budget. Answers to questions like do I have room for an island, is there room for wall ovens, can I add a bigger window, will be addressed.
The next step is design preference. The designer will advise you on door and cabinet styles, considering the design of your home and furnishings.