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Design Process

No matter how simple the remodeling TV shows make it appear, remodeling is an undertaking that requires careful planning and organization. Before demo day there may be weeks or months of planning. Every project is unique based on the size, scope, and budget. As well as a client’s goals, their decision-making timetable, and comfort level, so there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The design process detailed below is how an average project progresses, but remember each project and client is unique.

Our Design Process Step-by-Step Guide

This step-by-step guide outlines our collaborative design process, along with some helpful tips for your pre-appointment preparation. We believe in breaking down the design journey into manageable steps, ensuring you feel empowered and informed every step of the way. From initial consultation to final installation, our team will be your trusted guide until you’re enjoying your dream space!
We look forward to partnering with you on this journey and affording you the guidance and support you deserve through the design process. We’ve tailored this process to assign two experts to your project to ensure you are fully supported throughout your journey with us.

Double the Expertise, Double the Support

We’ve tailored this process to assign two dedicated experts to your project. This ensures you receive comprehensive guidance and support throughout your renovation journey.

Design Process – Preparation

Visit our Resource Library page for some pre-consultation preparation suggestions, tips, and knowledge. You’ll find articles, instructions, videos, cost calculators, and worksheets. Everything from how to take rough measurements to creating a Project Workbook to learning about creating a budget.

You’ll want to gather inspiration for your project, take rough measurements and photos of your existing space, and also start your budget process before you meet with a designer. We provide lots of information in our Resource Library on these items to help you get more comfortable with the process.

If you have any questions or comments as you navigate through the information, please reach out. We’re happy to help answer questions and offer any support we can.

Design Process – Meet

Making an initial Meet & Greet appointment is simple on Appointments page. First choose your appointment type based on your project. Next, select a Designer or allow our system to assign one, choose a day, and select an available time slot. If you are unable to find a time that works for you, please call us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you if possible. Last, enter some basic details about your project and select the Schedule Appointment button. You’ll receive an email confirmation and reminders before your appointment time. There’s also a link included within these email notifications that allows you to reschedule or cancel if needed.

During your visit, your Designer will give you a tour of the showroom and discuss the different product lines and their attributes. You’ll discuss these options and how they relate to your specific project. This discussion will guide you towards choosing the products that are best suited to use as a starting point in the initial design.

You may or may not spend time working on the actual design with the Designer during this initial appointment. This depends on several factors like time and project complexity.

Design Process – Design

After your appointment, your design expert will work to create or finalize an initial design and price for you with the information gathered from your appointment. This initial design will serve as a starting point, which will likely be revised to refine the design and align the selections to meet your exact needs and the project budget.

If you feel your designer is a good fit for your project and you would like to continue the process, your designer will then collect a design fee*, which will cover an in-home visit to take detailed measurements, and continued design time to revise your plan to perfection.

*The design fee is complimentary when you place your cabinet order with us within 6 months of the design fee. We will deduct this amount from your cabinet balance due, as described in the Delivery & Install step.

Design Process – Refine

Your Designer will continue to refine and revise your design until you are completely satisfied, which will result in a detailed final proposal. This may require additional appointments and/or communication, which can vary based on the size and scope of the project as well as each client’s needs and timeline. 

If you find the price is not what you expected initially or the design is lacking in some way you envisioned, then have an open dialog with your designer to discuss the options. Great designs are achieved through a collaborative process. Ask questions and allow the Designer the opportunity to work at revising the design to meet your expectations. There are multiple cabinet lines, door styles, and so many components that can be adjusted and updated until the vision and quote evolves into the perfectly balanced design.

Design Process – Order

Once your designer has finalized your design and you have made the final selections on cabinetry, counters, and accessories, you will approve the design, the selections, and the final price.

To place your orders with our cabinetmakers, we collect a 50% deposit, or in some cases payment in full on quick-ship or smaller orders. Your designer will cover all the specific details with you relating to your product selections during the process so there are no surprises.

In most cases your cabinets are made to order, which means they are a special order. We’ll prepare your orders to be placed after checking them thoroughly and the track the orders and communicate delivery information with you as it arrives from the cabinetmaker.

Delivery & Install

Once your product ships from the cabinetmaker you will be notified, and any balance is due upon receipt of invoice. Once payment is received, your delivery will be confirmed.

At the Corner Cabinet, we work with and have built strong relationships with many of the best installers and general contractors in the area and can refer you to them early on in this process. The benefit of using a contractor we recommend is that our long history with them affords us an excellent working relationship and open communication line that can be invaluable at solving any problem that may arise. Alternatively, if you have your own installer, we are happy to provide them with the same detailed installation plans and offer guidance during the install process. Additionally, we are available to you during installation and prioritize answering any questions that arise.

We are also available to answer any service questions that may arise in the future after your cabinetry install.


Once your space is complete, please consider sharing your feedback with us. We love hearing from customers about their experience with our expert Designers. Your Designer may ask you to fill out a quick two-minute satisfaction survey and/or leave a review of your experience. Please consider doing this if you’ve had a great experience, as new clients primarily arrive through referrals or web searches that focus on reviews. We’re as proud of our clients’ finished spaces as they are! From time to time, we’ll schedule a photo shoot to share projects with other clients. Let your Designer know if this is something that may interest you.

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