Remodeling a kitchen is a very extensive renovation and should be planned well in advance.  The more research you do, the more you will know what works and doesn’t work for you.  Visit sites such as HOUZZ or Pinterest to find ideas of style that you like, colors that attract you, or a layout that will work in your own space.

You can also visit one of the Cedar Ridge design centers to find ideas for different accessories, door styles and materials.  Start looking at appliances to know what sizes you will need or special cabinets you might want to incorporate into your new kitchen.  It is important to keep in mind that changing an appliance halfway through the planning will require an adjustment in some cabinet sizes, etc.  Therefore, it is very important to supply your cabinet designer with your appliance dimensions and specifications as soon as possible.

Be clear and upfront with your budget. Planning a kitchen is time consuming for both you and your designer and knowing what you can spend helps you to make better choices when it comes to choosing materials and accessories.  Also, be realistic about time frame.  In general, when working with a custom cabinetry shop, it takes time to plan the new design, finalize all details, and sign off on final drawings.  After final sign-off, the project will take approximately 5 weeks for production.

Talk to your contractor to see when the site will be ready for the new cabinets to be installed, and work your way back to find the date that all details need to be finalized. Finally, working with a designer will be helpful if you have difficulty making decisions, or you are not sure how to fully take advantage of your space and are looking for advice on how to make your kitchen as functional as possible.  At Cedar Ridge, we are here to discuss your needs, and work with you to create a space you will enjoy for many, many years.