Follow our simple steps below and you can create a sketch of you floor plan with all the information needed for us to begin a kitchen design for you.
Tip: If you have access to graph paper, drawing your floor plan to scale makes
everything much easier to read and understand. If you don't, don't worry, just
make sure all measurements are correct.
Follow These Steps:
1. Draw a rough sketch of your kitchen.
2. Measure every wall, beginning at the left corner, to the far right corner.
Write down the total measurement in inches.
3. Go back and measure from the left corner to the edge of any opening,
such as as a window or door.
4. Measure across the opening from outside edge of trim to outside edge
5. Measure from that trim edge to the far wall. Go back and total the
measurements from steps 3, 4, and 5. They should equal the measurement
in step 2.
6. Mark on your sketch, the exact location of the sink, water & gas lines,
wall switch & receptacles, & any other obstructions in the room. Be sure to
measure to the center of these & not the edge.
7. Measure from the floor to the bottom of your windows & mark it down.
8. Then measure from the bottom of the window to the top of the window.
Always from outside edge of trim.
9. Measure from the top of the window to the ceiling & mark it down.
10. Measure from the floor to the ceiling. Total the measurements from
steps 7, 8, and 9. They should equal this measurement.
11. If you haven't already, measure the width of any doors, from outside
of trim to outside of trim.
12. Indicate on your sketch how each door swings.(In to or out of the room
& which side the hinge is on).
13. Measure all other walls in kitchen following steps 2 through 12. Measure
all walls even if you do not plan to put cabinets on them. (This is important
for us to present you with a proper design).
14. Measure all appliances including stove, refrigerator, microwave,
dishwasher & sink.
15. Double check your work. These measurements must be 100% correct for
your new cabinetry to fit correctly.
16. Use the Drawings below as a guideline.
How To Draw?
The “work triangle” is defined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association as an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. The NKBA suggests these guidelines for work triangles:
* The sum of the work triangle’s three sides should not exceed 26 feet, and each leg should measure between 4 and 9 feet.
* The work triangle should not cut through an island or peninsula by more than 12 inches.
* If the kitchen has only one sink, it should be placed between or across from
the cooking surface, preparation area, or refrigerator.
* No major traffic patterns should cross through the triangle.
Efficiency is the triangle’s main goal, as it keeps all the major work stations near the cook, without placing them so close that the kitchen becomes cramped. The work triangle is also designed to minimize traffic within the kitchen so the cook isn’t interrupted or interfered with.
Standard kitchen layouts with their work triangle:
The galley or corridor kitchen layout is one of the standard kitchen layouts that decades of ergonomic research developed. This layout is the most efficient layout for a thin kitchen space.A galley kitchen consists of work space on two opposing walls. There is a single traffic lane between them. There is an opening on one or both ends.
The L-shaped kitchen layout is one of the standard kitchen layouts that decades of ergonomic research developed.This layout is one of the most popular and versatile kitchen layouts. A L-shaped kitchen consists of work space on two adjoining walls
perpendicular to each other. There are no traffic lanes flowing through the work area.
The U-shaped kitchen layout is one of the basic kitchen layouts that decades of ergonomic research developed. The U-shaped kitchen layout is a useful and versatile layout for a small, medium or large kitchen. A U-shaped kitchen consists of work space on three adjoining walls, two parallel walls perpendicular to a third. There are no traffic lanes flowing through the work area.
Style of design
Arts & Crafts
Arts & Crafts kitchens rely on a natural bespoke look with a strong emphasis on craftsmanship. Recessed panel doors with thick frames are dominant; consider letting the doors into the frame by using flush frame cabinetry. For an interesting accent, contrast the finishes or woods of the frame against those of the door and panel.
Expect to see:
* Neutral colors found in nature
* Inset or recessed panel cabinet doors
* Stained glass windows and lighting fixtures
* Mullioned glass doors
* Rich woods
* Clean, strong lines
Shaker: Look to maple, birch, beech or oak veneered woods. For this simple, puritan style, choose inset flat panel doors. Wide rails and stiles are fairly typical in the cabinet frame.
Other art&craft styles:Craftsman, Prairie, Mission
Contemporary kitchens tend to be described as modern, minimalist and geometric. The characteristics include horizontal lines, asymmetry and a lack of molding and other ornamentation. Materials often are man-made rather than natural: stainless steel, laminate, glass, concrete, chrome and lacquer.
Contemporary encompasses styles from the 1940s to the present, with Europe—especially Italy, Germany and Scandinavia—leading the way.
Expect to see:
* Frameless cabinets with oversized hardware
* Cabinet material: stainless steel; white or bold-colored laminate; or subtly grained woods such as birch, ash or maple
* Cabinet door style: slab or horizontal lift-up
* Frosted glass inserts
* Stainless steel and other metallic accents
* Curved cabinets and counters
Other contemporary styles:Art Moderne, Futurism, Functionalism, Modern,
Country kitchens are cheery and welcoming, with light and/or bright colors, painted and glazed cabinets, woven baskets, floral motifs, and decorative shelving and molding.
Expect to see:
* Floral, checked, striped, gingham and plaid patterns
* Window and wall treatments in fabrics such as chintz and calico
* Beadboard wainscoting and paneling
* Painted, glazed and distressed cabinet finishes
* Chicken wire or metal cabinet inserts
* Handmade, hand-forged, homespun look
* Antiques and flea-market finds
French Country: Framed cabinets in either raised or recessed panels outfit a room with French country flair. Cherry and oak cabinetry—glazed, distressed or pickled for an authentic finish—reign supreme, though pastel painted cabinetry is also a wise choice. Decorative shelving, the use of beadboard, a butler’s wall or pantry and plate racks will add to the genuine French Country feel.
English Country: Slightly more proper than French country, English country style relies on a square cabinet design accented by curves. To maintain a handcrafted look, light or natural cabinets in pine or oak are prevalent. A sizable wooden mantle range hood, wood cutouts in valances, and intricate crown and rope molding add authenticity.
Farmhouse: The words “wood” and “heirloom” should guide your decorative decisions when creating a farmhouse kitchen. Stained wood, both light and dark,
fit in well, though excessive glazing and finishing can create a look that’s a little too complicated.
Cottage: Consider driftwood-like finishes for a seaside cottage feel. If you’re leaning more toward a lake look, a slightly darker (but still natural and wooden) cabinet is your best bet.
Other country style:Tuscan Country, Swedish Country, Garden
Old World kitchens—with their large cooking hearths or grottos and distressed, unfitted cabinets—trace their look to pre-17th century Europe. Often painted, the raised panel cabinetry should feature elements like cracking, beadboard, dish and cup racks, valence legs, flushed toes, and bun feet.
Expect to see:
* Furniture-look cabinetry
* Stone walls and/or floors
* Pewter or copper accents
* Mosaic tiles
* Brick or plaster walls
* Deep, rich colors
* Appliances hidden behind panels
Tuscan:With a softer, more feminine design, Tuscan kitchens rely on natural materials. While the cabinets are often painted in whites, creams or earth-tone yellows or browns, they tend to be monochromatic.
Other Old World styles: Italian Villa, French Chateau, Normandy cottage, Dutch cottage, medieval, Gothic, Mediterranean, Castle
Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
Expect to see:
* Crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim
* Cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany
* Raised panel cabinet door styles
* Antique fixtures and appliances
* Wood, stone or other natural materials
Victorian: Elegance is the catchword when it comes to Victorian kitchens. Cathedral arch doors and raised panels come into play, accented by ornate molding and trim. Dark and heavy woods are best when it comes to the cabinets.
Italianate: Much like the Victorian style, an Italianate kitchen relies on elegant cabinetry details, especially those of molding and trim. Generally painted cream with intricate raised paneling, these cabinets boast onlays, rope molding, and custom carved reliefs.
Georgian: Formal is the catchword when designing a Georgian kitchen. Look
to woods like cherry, walnut and mahogany for your cabinets. Square panel raised doors are typical, as are heavy crown molding and stacked cabinetry
that reaches the ceiling. Black accents (such as a painted black island) are not uncommon.
Other Traditional styles: Edwardian, Colonial,Farmhouse, Plantation, Regency, Cottage, Cape Cod, Estate, Bungalow, Federal, Queen Anne, Neoclassical, Early American, Manor, Shaker
Transitional kitchens include elements of both traditional and contemporary
design. Eclectic in nature, they mix natural and man-made materials as well
as finishes and textures.
For example, an Arts & Crafts or Shaker kitchen can be made transitional rather than traditional by lightening the color palette, adding bamboo flooring,
and showcasing appliances rather than hiding them behind wooden panels.
Molding and fixtures aren't elaborate but do have some ornamentation.
Rustic kitchens often have a regional American flair: Adirondack or
Pacific Northwest, for example. Others resemble a lodge or log cabin.
Expect to see:
* Wood paneling and ceiling beams
* Knotty pine, hickory and alder woods
* Leather pulls
* Warm, rich earth tones and reds, greens and yellows
Log Cabin/Mountain: Try bold and natural choices, like warm cabinetry
with a strong grain (such as knotty pine or alder) stained in reds, greens,
or yellows. Wide rails and stiles(such as those of a Shaker door) enhance the look.
Rustic Country: Warm hickory wood tones shine on recessed flat panel doors.
A hearth-style mantle hood, hand-carved turnings and furniture-like pieces bring a rustic country space to life.
Other rustic styles:Lodge, Southwestern, Mountain West, Coastal