This is the time of year when many people undertake major home renovations. They decide they want to renovate now and rush out to begin purchasing. The first thing many people order when undertaking a major bathroom or kitchen renovation is the cabinetry, countertops and knob pulls. Then they begin to look at appliances and fixtures. This can easily lead to disappointment and design compromises.
The first step is to consider what you want? Do you have any “must haves” on your list? If so, what are they? Do you have any appliances that you simply cannot live without? How will you use the space? How many people will use the space at the same time? Are there multiple functions the space must accommodate in the design?
Whether you are using standard cabinetry or completely custom cabinetry or a combination of the two, it is critical to know what appliances and fixtures need to fit in the cabinetry! You should have a specification list of product models, names, and supplier information for each piece. Most manufacturers have an installation guide available online. This makes it extremely easy to print off all the correct dimensions for the appliances and fixtures you want and provide them to your cabinet supplier at the time you place your cabinet order. Trust me, they will love you for the effort!
This not only saves a tremendous amount of time; it also allows them to provide better options for your layout knowing exactly what they are dealing with from the initial appointment. Sinks and dishwashers may require modifications to existing plumbing and electrical; certain hood fans may require additional power or exterior venting to be moved/modified, and cabinetry to hide the vents! If planners know what they are dealing with in terms of appliances at the initial design, they can recommend the most efficient layout, and save you time and money!
There is nothing more disappointing than ordering your cabinetry and then finding an appliance you love and MUST have, and then finding out it doesn’t fit in your new cabinetry! Appliances come in multiple sizes. If your cabinetry is built for a 30” fridge and you get a counter depth 36” fridge , modifying your cabinets can be costly!
Do you want granite, laminate, quartz, Caesar stone, concrete countertops or something else? Your countertop selection affects the cabinetry. They need to know what countertop you are using. Different counters require different specifications in finishing! So, if you change your mind, part way through, make sure you tell your cabinet maker – otherwise you may be in for a nasty surprise on installation day!
Showers, sinks, faucets and baths also have different specifications and often require different framing details. Again, you should have the manufacturer, model number, product name and installation specifications so everything is ready for the product to go in. This just keeps nasty surprises and frustrations to a minimum. No job will go 100% problem free, but when you take steps to minimize problems and surprises, a job can go much better than anyone thought was possible!
Even though, spring seems to be the time when most people jump into renovations at the speed of light, it pays to take your time and plan things out before you begin placing your orders! Fabulous kitchen and bathroom design doesn’t just happen – it takes time and planning to make it all come together just right!