Q. How do I accurately measure my kitchen for dimensions?
A. Follow these simple steps!
- Draw an outline of the kitchen including doors and windows and note which way the door swings.
- Draw in any plumbing/heating obstructions or anything else you don’t wish to move.
- Starting at the left corner of your drawing, take measurements to the first window, door or wall.
Keep measuring going clockwise making sure to include trim when measuring doors and windows.
Next measure your ceiling height and note it in the center of your diagram.
Each window needs to be measured from the floor to the bottom of the window as well as the overall height of the window.
Be sure to write these numbers down.
- Beginning at the left corner, label each window and door accordingly (i.e. Window #1, Door #1, etc.).
Write the name of any adjacent walls or exterior rooms that border each wall.
- When measuring plumbing or heating obstructions or any thing else that cannot be moved, measure from the two closest walls of the obstruction.
Following that measure the height of the obstruction.
- Last, make sure your numbers are correct by adding the measurements of parallel walls.
Both sets should match accordingly.
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Q. What does a kitchen designer do?
A. Good kitchen designers generally are able to predict problems that need to be taken care of that you may not be aware of, for example, in older homes floors and walls are not always plumb.
Kitchen designers can also take care of more tedious details such as measuring, ordering, and helping to find an installer.
Keeping updated on new trends in the field of kitchen design (and sometimes bath) is also part of what their job entails.
Q. How can I create more storage space without changing my floor plan?
A. Right accessories along with proper cabinets can increase your storage capacity by leaps and bounds. Opting for drawers in lieu of base cabinets and choosing taller and deeper cabinets are just a few ways of achieving greater storage space. Below are a number of accessories to make your life easier:
- Mixer shelves
- Rollout shelves
- Fixed shelves, pullout, foldout and rollout pantries
- Plate, spice and wine racks
- Lazy Susans
- Pullout baskets
- Pullout trash and recycling bins
- Cutlery compartments and utensil dividers
- Tiltout panels
- Tray and baking sheet divider
Q. How do I put together a budget to get the kitchen of my dreams?
A. Our kitchen designers can be instrumental in this area and will help you along with the process. You must be honest about your expectations in order to stay in your individual price range. Cabinetry, appliances, and flooring can add up, luckily they all come in a variety of styles and prices. With the help of our kitchen designers you’re sure to achieve the kitchen you desire at an affordable price.
Q. How long does it take to remodel a kitchen?
A. Design and construction are the two main phases in completing a kitchen. The homeowner holds a lot of the time element in his/her hands. If a design decision is made and adhered to, the process can be obtained fairly quickly. The products, however, can’t be ordered until a decision is made.
Custom cabinets usually arrive in 12 to 14 weeks while semi-custom takes 8 to 10 weeks. Some stock cabinets can arrive anywhere from 1 week to 6 weeks.
Q. How can I prepare for a kitchen remodel?
A. Remodeling a kitchen can prove to be very messy. Common complaints include dust, delays, and additional costs. Packing up and moving your kitchen before construction begins is one way to fight dust. After that, protect everything that can’t be moved. Nearby rooms can be sealed with plastic sheeting and tape. You may want to ask for construction area to be swept daily.
Staying on time and on budget is imperative when redoing a kitchen. Some tips to help you stay on task involve good communication. If you are doing some of the work yourself make sure the parties involved know who is responsible for what. Notify contractors of which entrances and bathrooms to use and also if there are any children or pets. It may be wise to leave a notebook for correspondence between you and the contractors.
Since you will most likely still be residing there, it is important to make sure you can still eat. A temporary kitchen housing a refrigerator, microwave, coffee-maker, table, trash can, etc. will be necessary. Crock pots, frozen foods, and restaurants will become fast friends with you during the construction period.
Q. What is the difference between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets?
A. Stock cabinets are a standard size and are constructed prior to purchase. These are the most affordable but have limited door styles, wood species, accessories, and finishes. These are usually ready in about 1 week.
Semi-custom cabinets have more sizes to choose from and a wider range of doors, finishes, and wood selections.
Custom cabinets are the third type consisting of just about anything you can imagine. They can be made by a custom manufacturer or a local woodworker. These cabinets can come in just about any size, style, material, or finish. Custom is the most costly type of cabinetry and take at least 6 to 10 weeks to deliver.
Q. Which type of countertop is best for me?
A. There are so many different types to choose from, but the main consideration should be your cooking and entertaining needs as well as looks.
Whether it’s laminate, solid surface, cultured marble, or natural granite or marble, there are plenty of countertop styles that are sure to fit your lifestyle.
Rynone Kitchen & Bath has a large showroom with beautiful kitchen and bath designs. Our experienced designers can help you find just what you need at a price you can afford. Countertop samples are available for your convenience to help the decision process go as smoothly as possible. Stop in our showroom to view our products and meet our staff.