A Short Informal Visit

If you are building a new home or getting ready to remodel your existing kitchen, you’re going to be making some of the largest, most important, and most expensive decisions you’ve probably ever made. Kitchen & Bath Ideas has created a questionnaire and checklist to point you in the right direction and help make decisions wisely. Print it, read it, and bring it with you when you meet with one of our design professionals, so that you can best explain what you need. Begin with a short and informal visit to Kitchen & Bath Ideas showroom:

  • Get an idea of how the firm works
  • Understand the fee structure
  • Explore available services
  • Establish a relationship with the designer

Collect Photos and Get Inspired

Thinking about a new kitchen? One of the best ways to find inspiration is by looking at photographs of kitchens (the Kitchen & Bath Ideas photo gallery is a great place to start!) to see what you like and dislike. Start a file with pictures of elements that you like from cabinet style and finish to room layout. Here are some great trend ideas to consider:

  • Mixing wood finishes
  • Mixing door styles
  • Mixing solid surface and natural stone countertops
  • Using furniture-style cabinetry
  • Using “bump-ups” and “bump-outs” in cabinetry
  • Installing two dishwashers
  • Embedding “deco” tiles within the backsplash tile
  • Utilizing under-mounted and integral sinks
  • Considering universal design for multigenerational households
  • Opting for stainless steel appliances
  • Providing multiple work areas, including baking, prep, desk, and clean-up
  • Use of deep drawer stacks instead of roll-out trays
  • Using integral chef’s pantries instead of walk-ins
  • Integrating built-in convenience accessories

Start a List

Get a list of items to be considered before your next scheduled meeting, such as:

  • Collect magazine clippings that illustrate your preferences
  • Make a wish list
  • List major likes/dislikes
  • Consider appliance preferences
  • Consider cabinet style and finish preferences
  • Installing two dishwashers
  • Analyze how you use your kitchen
  • Assess your needs

Visit Appliance Dealer

Visit an appliance dealer (ask your designer for recommendations):

    • Decide on general appliance shapes and dimension
      • Double oven?
      • Drop in range?
      • Extra burners?
      • Trash compactor?
      • Ice machine?
      • Warming drawer?
      • Extra dishwasher?
      • Built-in refrigerator, such as Sub-Zero?

Meet With Your Designer

Meet with your designer to have major discussions about function and design (appointment required):

  • Discuss primary design elements of the kitchen
    • Primary function
      • Chef’s kitchen
      • Open floor plan
      • Family gathering area
      • Desk/computer area
      • Universal design concepts
      • Other specific needs
  • Available space
  • Overall layout
  • Budget
  • Contract for design services

Materials, Finishes, Fixtures, and Hardware

Begin your selection of materials, finishes, fixtures, and hardware:

    •  Select wood species* or other cabinet materials
      • Oak
      • Maple
      • Cherry
      • Hickory
      • Pine
      • Birch
      • Poplar
      • Other (laminated surfaces, foils, and vinyl films)
*Wood species in all finishes will exhibit color change when exposed to different types of light. Color differences in wood are caused by variations in minerals found in the soil in which the tree was grown and the absorption of these minerals differ by tree or parts of tree. Additionally, every wood species exhibits other characteristics, including knots, pinholes, sap runs, and darkening with age. It is the beauty and nature of wood to have these characteristics, as well as natural variations in graining and color, which will be present throughout the cabinetry.  
  • Select door style
    • Raised panel
    • Flat panel
    • Contemporary
    • Shaker
    • Curved or cathedral
    • Other
  • Select cabinet finish
    • Natural (specific color of the natural wood)
    • Stained (wood tones, glazed, frosted, colors)
    • Painted (white, ivory, colors)
    • Laminated
  • Decorative fixtures
  • Decorative hardware

Choose Flooring and Backsplash

Choose materials for your flooring and backsplash:

  • Ceramic tile
  • Metal tile
  • Hardwood
  • Laminate