Are you building your kitchen and looking for advice. You would by now realize that the core of any kitchen is the cabinets, appliances and worktop. Identifying these would take a bit of skill. A search on the internet would give you a wide range of varieties, the costs offered by various companies and even retailers of the product.
o In case of entire kitchen; check the company. Ask for contacts of previous customers as they would give you a better idea about the product.
o Get a person from the company visit you rather than some one from the showroom.
o You have a vision for your kitchen; then tell it to the designer. Collaborate with the designer on the requirements and design you visualize. Get it incorporated into the plan.
o A good show room gives you good items and will not talk you into getting things that they have on display.
o Good items come at a cost. Your search on the internet could lead you to a good deal as well.
o When you get the items; verify and see if there are any damaged or missing items. In case of damage ask the retailer to replace it.
o Do not pay them the entire amount. With hold 20 percent of the fee till the entire process is complete.
o For the work; draw up a schedule and synchronize the work. Whenever there is a concern about the work; raise the concern to set things right again.
Aesthetic sense of a kitchen depends on the type of cabinets you choose. Options are colored/stained; Maple/Oak or any other wood and Stock/Custom made.
o Stock cabinets will be delivered to you within a week of placing the order.
o Semi-custom cabinets would require changing a few features like handles, hinges and other items. This would take around two weeks of time
o Fully custom cabinets would take around six to ten weeks of time. The advantage of a fully custom cabinet is that it can fit into the architectural work and design of an old kitchen.
It is wise to select a material that will withstand years of use; with the least maintenance requirement. It should also be easily repairable if an accident occurs.
o Combine two or more counter top materials in one kitchen. This could be varied colors or textures placed adjacent to each other to create a visual interest. It could also complement with the cabinets, floor, wall paper or paint selections.