Step-by-Step Design Process Guide
No matter how simple the remodeling shows make it appear on television, remodeling is an undertaking that requires planning and organization. Before demo day there may be weeks, and months, of planning and budgeting. Every project is unique based on the size, scope, and budget, as well as a client’s goals, and their decision-making timetable and comfort level.
When designing spaces, such as kitchens and bathrooms, the best results are achieved by a process of understanding your needs and goals. Once these are established, we can address your needs with specific solutions. During this process we aim to inform and educate you at every opportunity. As your partner in this process, we’ll discuss design and material choices to help you make informed decisions that will work best for your specific space and lifestyle. Below you will find a step-by-step guide that outlines the design process. We find that working one-on-one is the right approach to achieve a beautifully, functional space that you will enjoy for many years. We look forward to partnering with you on this journey and affording you the guidance and support you deserve.
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Preparing for your Design Consult
Here are the steps to get the most out of your initial design consultation with the Corner Cabinet.
- Establish an initial budget. Need help? Here’s a budgeting tool
- Define your needs, wants and goals for your project. Print out one of these planning guides to help you get started.
- Simple Planning Guide & Graph paper
- In-depth Planning Guide & Graph paper
For replacement projects, take initial rough measurements and photos of your space. Pictures are truly worth a thousand words and can be extremely helpful when you are explaining your current space and any issues or obstacles. We will take thorough measurements later in the process, but your initial measurements will get the discussion started. Use our simple measuring instructions to capture the information needed.
If you are unable, unsure, or have no time to take rough measurements, we offer an in-home consult and measurement service. We visit homes within our service area prior to your showroom appointment to take detailed measurements and offer a consult of your space. Click here for pricing and information.
If this is a new build, addition, or complete remodel then please confirm that the measurements on your blueprints or construction plans include the information requested on the measuring instructions. Many times, these documents do not include things like ceiling height.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, you’re ready to schedule your complimentary design consultation with us.
Enjoy your Complimentary Showroom Consultation
During this scheduled appointment we will discuss the scope of your project and gain an understanding of your goals and budget. This may include reviewing any blueprints or design plans if applicable or reviewing your measurements and photos.
We will give you a tour of our showroom to educate you on the different types and styles of cabinetry available.
We’ll explain the different aspects that make up cabinet pricing to help you understand this process and to make more informed decisions.
We’ll guide you towards a cabinet line that will best suit your needs and budget as a starting point for your design.
Review & Accept the Quote
With the information we gathered from our first meeting, we’ll create a basic design and initial quote for you.
With this initial quote, we will help you understand if your budget and selection are aligned.
If you feel we are a good fit for your project and would like to continue having us revise your design, we will then collect a *design fee which covers our in-home visit to take detailed measurements and our continued design time to revise your plan to perfection.
*This is complimentary when you place your cabinet order. Click the design fee link for more details
Revise & Finalize Design
We 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 communication, which can vary greatly based on the scope of the project and your time and wishes.
If you purchase your cabinets from us, our design time is included and therefore your paid design fee will be deducted from the balance you owe on your cabinets once your order has been placed.
If you choose not to purchase from us, the design renderings will be yours to keep.
Approve Final Design
Once we have finalized your design and you have made your final selections on cabinetry, counter tops, and hardware, we will have you approve the design, material selections and the quote.
To place your orders with our manufacturers, we collect a 50% deposit or in some cases payment in full on quick ship items. The balance due will be collected when your product ships from the manufacturer.
Final Payment & Installation
We work with many of the best installers in the area. If you have your own installer, we are happy to provide them with detailed installation plans and offer guidance during the install process.
Alternatively, we have built strong working relationships with many contractors in the area, that we can refer you to. The benefit of using a contractor we recommend is that our long history with them can help avoid installation issues and can be invaluable at solving any problems that may arise.