Professional Design

pic-designOur number one priority is to design a room that you’ll love! With that in mind here are a few basics including things you can do to prepare and ensure the initial meeting is as productive as possible.

The design process includes creating a floor plan, elevations and perspective drawings based on understanding your needs. We will go over door styles, wood selections, interior components and decorative elements.

pic-blueprintTo prepare for the first meeting, start a folder of clippings of styles and details that you like. You can also create an ‘Ideabook’ on so that you can better communicate your preferences. Begin looking at appliances and get a feel for the associated cost – this will help you when it comes time to determine a budget. Start to become aware of how you live in your current space, assess the good and the bad. This too will help communicate your vision to your designer.

  • Assessing your current space over a period of time including positives and negatives provides your designer with invaluable information. Likewise, make note of your habits, buying in bulk, recycling, avid cooking? Honest answers to this kind of assessment will determine the functional capacities you require.
  • Appliance selection is a critical step. An extra-large refrigerator, pro-style range or double ovens can dramatically impact both cabinet design and space available throughout the room. Having this information at the beginning of the project ensures the design process can move along in a timely fashion.
  • While your designer will take thorough measurements before offering you a final quote, you should note dimensions of the room, indicating any doors, windows or hallways that impact the space to facilitate initial conversations.
  • It is important to establish a budget, taking into consideration all of the factors that will comprise the project including appliances and countertops.

You’ve covered a lot of ground in your first meeting. Depending on the complexity of the project, additional meetings may be required to get the design just right. Never be afraid to ask questions or request that the designer change something you aren’t comfortable with.

And finally…have FUN!