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Kitchen Design 101

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Start your design off right

  1. MEASUREMENTS: Most kitchens and bathroom cabinet sizes are all measured in inches.  The first thing you’ll need to do is measure your room.  Measure each wall starting from the left side of the wall to the right side of the wall. Measure each wall going clockwise.
  2. SPECIAL CABINETS: Make your sink a minimum cabinet width size of  36″. A 36″ wide sink cabinet is the industry standard and will fit most kitchen sinks. Only change this width when you know your sink is either much smaller or much wider than normal. Otherwise, leave it at 36″ wide.
  3. APPLIANCES (DISHWASHER): Leave exactly 24″ of space for your dishwasher. 24″ is the industry standard for a dishwasher 
    Dishwasher Space
    opening width. This will fit 99.99999% of all dishwasher models. Dishwashers are almost always placed next to the sink. Simply leave a 24″ wide span between two cabinets.
    Corner Cabinet
  4. CORNER CABINETS: Corner cabinets (e.g. base 90, base 45, etc) are ordered at 36″ wide by 36″ deep. Keep them at this size to allow for corner hardware to fit nicely inside. Adjustments can be made in tight situations if you wish without causing too many issues.
  5. CABINET TO CEILING CONCERNS: When running your cabinets full height (i.e. to the ceiling) leave a 4″ tall gap from the top of the cabinets to the ceiling. Use a 4″ tall crown molding to cover the gap. Why? Ceilings are rarely level. If you leave too small of a gap, it will draw your eye to the imperfection/contrast from a perfectly level cabinet to an imperfect ceiling. The 4″ tall crown is tall enough that you will not notice the difference even on longer cabinet runs. The gap also allows for extra wiggle room on the elevation of the cabinets.
  6. CABINET ALIGNMENT: Some customers show concern regarding alignment and center lines on cabinets between the bases and the wall cabinets.  Even though they are on different planes, some custom cabinets are rarely aligned.  Our cabinets are designed to fit together with precision alignment.  However, the form of your kitchen should always follow function and this can prevent exact alignment of upper to lower cabinets.
  7. ACCESSORIES WITHIN THE CABINETS: Use trash roll-outs, spice racks, drawers, etc as you wish to provide good organization and storage. Do not worry about how wide each door/drawer is next to other cabinets as this will only decrease the usefulness of your kitchen. Our team of experts will help layout the cabinets the way you need them and the form will follow the function. A functional kitchen is a beautiful kitchen.
  8. MILLWORK: Toe kick, scribe, base, and shoe moldings are worth their weight in gold! These special moldings are what professional
    installers use to ensure a perfect installation that cover any gaps occurring between perfect cabinets and the imperfect walls and floors of the project. These moldings are small, flexible and are able to bend to the contour of imperfect surfaces creating a nice look. 95% of high end kitchens use millwork like this to add depth and beauty.
  9. Do not over complicate the design. Kitchen cabinet layout is very simple and anyone can do it.


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