04 Apr Kitchen Cabinets: 6 Step Design Process to Your Dream Kitchen
What You Need to Know About Kitchen Cabinets: 6 Steps to Your Dream Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. It’s the room that touches all of your senses — from tastes and smells, to the look and feel of a home, to the sounds of friends and family gathering. Every element in your kitchen adds functionality and comfort to your home.
Imagine your home without the cabinets and drawers. It’s hard not to because cabinets are the unsung heroes of the space that tie the room together and keep everything organized.
Cabinets are an essential part of your kitchen, giving your kitchen both personality and cohesiveness. Cabinetry is one of the most significant investments you will make in your kitchen, working around design and appliances.
With all the time you spend in the kitchen, the cabinetry is something you want done correctly – the first time around.
In today’s blog, you can peek behind the curtains at what the kitchen cabinetry design process looks like — so you know exactly how you can get the right kitchen cabinets for your home.
Step 1: Start with a vision of what you like (or don’t)
Understanding what you want is the first step to achieving your dream kitchen.
Chances are, you have a few ideas in mind already. If you don’t, Pinterest and Houzz are great resources for getting new ideas.
If you don’t know where to start and want guidance, our showroom is available for you to see, feel, and interact with various designs and product offerings to get ideas flowing. And of course, our designers are available to help.
Whether it’s for remodel or new-build, here at Twenty Five Company, we’re more than happy to help you choose the perfect cabinets for your space.
Just call us to get started or head to our showroom, and we’ll get you moving right on to step 2.
Step 2: On-site Consultation and Measurements
Whether it’s hard-to-reach appliances, non-accessible corner cabinets, or the need for more counter space, minor inconveniences can interrupt your entire kitchen workflow.
Your kitchen should work for you, not against you.
To understand what’s working and not working in your home, we send our cabinetry designer to see your current kitchen in action. We begin by taking measurements of every inch of the kitchen to accurately recreate your space in our CAD program
As measurements are taken, the designer also pays attention to the flow of the room, natural lighting, and how the space currently looks — all of which play a role in how your final cabinetry looks and how streamlined your kitchen feels.
During the consultation, the designer will ask you questions to discuss:
- Features you like or don’t like about your current kitchen cabinets
- New features you’d like to include to improve your workflow or storage organization
- Appliances you use often
- What color palette and style you have in mind
This is the best time for you to lay everything on the table and let your designer know what you want in your kitchen so they can provide suggestions and insider knowledge to help you get there.
Step 3: Design Layout
With the measurements from the on-site consultation, the designer recreates your kitchen with the 2020 Computer-Aided Design (CAD) program for 2D and 3D layouts.
The designer begins to make changes to the kitchen layout on the CAD to create a rendering of your new kitchen layout — allowing you to see your new kitchen come to life.
The 2D layout is perfect for manufacturing when they make your cabinets and for your contractor when they install them. The 3D rendering allows you to virtually walk through your layout so you can imagine yourself in the new kitchen.
The best part of it all — is you don’t have to commit just yet.
With the layout in front of you, you can make changes and take notes to give back to the designer.
Step 4: Focus on the Details
Once your kitchen cabinet layout is set, it’s time for the details.
With a large investment piece like cabinetry, details are essential.
In fact, cabinetry can change the entire look and feel of the kitchen, so it’s important to know what look you prefer. This can feel overwhelming with all the options available so the designer will offer appropriate suggestions for your space.
By letting the designer know what design style and color palette you have in mind, they can streamline your selection process by curating options for you to consider.
With the designer, you’ll select door styles, wood specifics, stain, and paint options to get one step closer to your dream kitchen.
If you like getting hands-on, our showroom is the best place to see and feel all the options available.
Step 5: Storage selection
The kitchen is often the busiest part of the house, which means excellent storage is a must-have to make cooking easier and keep clutter to a minimum.
According to our cabinetry expert, this is the fun part of the process because it’s like accessorizing the interior of your cabinets. And we have to agree, with the new storage options available, it’s fun to customize each drawer and cabinet.
The options for storage are endless. However, with the on-site consultation, our designer can get an idea of what kind of storage you need and put a few options together to get you started.
Selecting the proper storage is important because it influences how organized your kitchen will be and how streamlined your day-to-day cooking will be.
Here are a few popular storage options people love in their kitchen cabinets:
- Pull out drawers to neatly store all your spices
- Cutlery divider trays to keep your utensils sorted
- Base swing-up appliance shelves to easily access frequently used appliances
- Recycling centers to hide the trash and recycling bins
- Drawer power stations to hide and protect your electronics while they charge
After choosing storage options for your kitchen, it’s time for the final step.
Step 6: Final Measurements
We stand by the common phrase in the carpentry world, “Measure twice, cut once.”
To avoid any mistakes, measurements of the kitchen are taken again after the design has been created in our CAD program to ensure that all of the dimensions are accurate.
This step ensures we leave no room for mistakes and you enjoy your new kitchen as soon as possible.
Then we place the cabinetry order and let you know when it’s ready for pick up.