Creating a custom kitchen can be an exciting and overwhelming task. Depending on who you work with, the process and timeline will vary, but each phase is an important step in getting the kitchen of your dreams.
- Choose who to work with. In this preliminary phase, it is important to find a designer or contractor who you trust and understands your vision. Most will complete this phase at no cost or obligation. Be sure to:
- Ask to see past projects to get a feel of the designer or contractor’s work.
- Give your budget and explain your non-negotiables in regards to amenities, products, and style.
- Discuss the timeline. How long will your project take?
- Review preliminary ideas, styles, and designs with the contractor or designer.
- Get an estimate of the work to be done.
- Design. Once you have chosen who to work with, the fun part of design begins. This is when you will place your first deposit and meet to develop the following:
- Layout and floor plan for the kitchen and cabinets.
- Selection of material and hardware for cabinets.
- Selection of tile, appliances, countertops and plumbing fixtures.
- Manufacturing. Depending on what you are getting, this phase can take weeks or even months. Remember that custom cabinetry is built to match your style, needs, and measurements of your space. Request updates throughout this process to put your mind at ease.
- Installation. See your vision come to life! Contractors will generally begin by installing cabinetry, followed by countertops, plumbing, lighting, and tiling. Once installation is complete it is time to enjoy your custom kitchen!
Going custom is your chance to create the exact kitchen you want, so take your time, stick the decisions you know will work for you, and know that the wait for completion will be worth it!