Today's the day! When you're ready to order kitchen cabinets, you've entered the final frontier of kitchen design.
Ready to see your kitchen drawing come to life?
Take it to your favorite home center or kitchen showroom! Bring your notebook with clippings and notes, too.
Already got your eye on a cabinet style?
Look again at all the kitchen cabinet door styles before you sit down with the designer to order kitchen cabinets.
Last-minute epiphanies can happen!
OR if you have a magazine clipping in your notebook that epitomizes the look you want, show it to the designer. 9 times out of 10 he or she will find you a cabinet style to match!
Do NOT take in a front-view sketch of your kitchen. Meaningless to the designer. He (or she) needs solid facts, all the measurements you took and the appliance sizes you've chosen.
When a home center designer sees your well-crafted kitchen drawing, it'll save him - and you - time finalizing your design. You've already made a lot of the most important decisions!
And while you're there to order kitchen cabinets...
...choose your countertop!
If you haven't already found your dream countertop, let the kitchen designer explain the pros and cons of each countertop material. Countertops need to "go with" your cabinetry and the rest of your overall look.
Go ahead and pick out your cabinet hardware, too! Ask the designer for ideas if you don't know which to choose. He puts these things together all day every day.
One decision you'll be asked to make on the spot when you order kitchen cabinets is cabinet quality:
Not sure which to choose? Get prices on all qualities. The money each costs can tell you if it's worth it to go for better quality.
Once your decisions are made, the designer will print out a full front view of your design.
FINALLY! You can see what your new kitchen will look like!
Then he'll ask, "Shall I go ahead and order these cabinets for you?"
It's easy to fall in love with the plan right off the bat. If you're sure, buy.
However, it's okay to say,"Let me take the plans home and think about it." And then do just that...but don't wait six months to return, prices do change and never for the better!
You can shop around at other home centers or kitchen showrooms if you like, before you actually order kitchen cabinets...but don't let indecision spoil your dream - go for it!
Kitchen cabinets are not cheap - certainly not a whole roomful of them! If you fall off your chair when you're handed the quote, ask the designer for suggestions to cut costs.
I recommend looking for savings that don't change the overall design - try these first:
If that's not enough to bring the price down, consider using simpler cabinets rather than ones with fancy perks. Ask the designer to suggest options for this.
Think about your remodeling time frame!
If you're clueless about all of the above, tell your home center kitchen designer. If you want the home center to do all the work for you, they'll coordinate the whole project!
Or get referrals from friends for professionals they've used and liked. Then you can come back, when the prep work is underway and you have a realistic time frame, and place your cabinet order.
Another option is to
hire a kitchen designer!
Why, after all your hard work designing your own kitchen, would you
want to do that? Kitchen designers - good ones, that is - can help you
hire dependable pros to do the work, schedule everything, and also help
tweak your design with options you may not have thought of.
YOU DID IT! Get ready to see your dreams come true!
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.