We’ve created a simple 3-step process to make your kitchen or bathroom construction or renovation an enjoyable and rewarding experience. It involves 1) Consultation, 2) Design and Review, and 3) Construction [Build]. Each step is important because it maintains quality control of the final product, and ensures that you get exactly what you want in a timely manner.
We have a thorough and systematic process that makes the whole experience efficient and cost effective.
Step 1: Consult
Scope Of Work
We meet with you to identify your needs, goals and aspirations in order to develop an idea of the scope of work required.
Outline Your Budget
It is important to establish a budget, taking into consideration all of the factors that will contribute to the project. Will you be moving walls and mechanical locations? Are you replacing the floor? The selection of appliances, cabinetry, and work surfaces can significantly impact the budget. We will work with you to balance the various components in order to optimize the aesthetics, functionality and workflow of your project.
Measure The Space
We will measure the space, and look at all the things that can affect its usability such as the location of plumbing, the size of a window, or the position of a vent. Everything matters in the grand scheme of things, so we are careful to take thorough notes.
Architecture of Space
It is best to create a file folder of clippings of design styles, colours, and components that you like. This will help to visually communicate your tastes and desires to our designer. Also be cognitive of how you use your existing space, the position of things, the overall function of the space, and the challenges that you are currently experiencing. Taking notes about these things will facilitate the needs analysis phase of the design process. (download our kitchen and other room planner)
In this part of our investigation, we will be reviewing functional, workflow and motion requirements of the space. For example, a kitchen can be laid out in a variety of ways for workflow. The architectural layout is dependent on the person’s most comfortable usage patterns, and the individual space requirements of each of the various sections [i.e. areas designated for preparation, cooking, cleaning, consumables, and non-consumables]. We will ask carefully selected questions to identify everything that will impact the kitchen’s layout and usability for the user in order to maximize the experience.
Once the functionality, workflow, motion, and layout is determined, we select help you select the various appliances, fixtures, cabinet inserts, and finishing options that will shape the overall aesthetics of the space. It is our job to balance the selection of the components, with both functionality and cost, in order to meet the overall budget. This is where product knowledge and application experience is imperative to achieving the desired goals of optimum user experience and meeting a fixed budget.
STEP 2: Design
Our designer will take all of the information in step 2 and prepare the final design, complete with an accurate budget. They will typically prepare three types of documents for your review:
A FLOOR PLAN: A floor plan shows the wall layout from above, and an outline of all the components that will fill the space, such as base, wall and tall cabinetry. Sometimes lighting and electrical detailing are also shown on this plan.
ELEVATIONS: A "flat" Elevation drawing that shows each wall of cabinetry as if you were standing and facing it head on. The elevation view is good for seeing the detail of the cabinetry components that aren't visible in the floor plan view. It is also good for establishing heights of components within the room.
A PERSPECTIVE VIEW: A perspective drawing is one that is "3D" or dimensional. It shows the room as it would be actually seen from the viewpoint of a person 5'-6" in height. Perspective drawings provide details such as areas that are increased or reduced in depth, a dimensional quality that elevation drawings don’t offer.
Availability of these documents to the consumer is usually contingent on a contractual agreement and/or down payment.
Test Fitting the Design
It is a good idea to layout the proposed kitchen and bathroom design in the actual space. This is relatively easy of the space is empty – using masking tape and folded newspapers to outline the various components. You can improvise with an existing kitchen or bathroom, by placing the tape and newspapers over, or around, the existing cabinets and other components. This will help you visualize your new space.
The Final Quotation
The design review process will also provide an opportunity to discuss the final numbers of the quotation. The budget should match the final quotation. There are occasions, however, when the budget may be over or under the target. This may necessitate adjustments of some of the components to meet the budget. In order to facilitate matters, we will provide you with options so that decisions can be made during the final review meeting. We also provide low-cost financing options to facilitate payment. Once the process is completed and the final approval is achieved, we can start the implementation process.
Step 3: BUILD
Planning and Scheduling
We will develop a plan of execution and timetable for the completion of the work. In the event of a kitchen renovation, this will incorporate transition plan of how you will store, prepare and cook food during the construction process. Products will be ordered, and scheduled for delivery.
In order to minimize disruption to the customer’s life routines, we will start the site preparation and demolition work when the major components are close to being delivered. The demolition process involves removal of the existing structures and cleaning the area for site preparation.
This involves the preparation of the space for the installation. It includes such things as moving walls, installing new pipes, electrical outlets, floors, lights, drywall, plastering and painting.
The installation phase includes the placement of the cabinets, appliances, countertops, sinks, and fixtures of the kitchen or bathroom. Each is carefully fitted and tested to function properly.
Final Inspection and Testing
We want to make sure that all the components [cabinets, appliances, countertops, sinks, and fixtures] work perfectly together without any problems. We test everything to insure that you have trouble free operation for years to come. And in order to give you peace of mind, we provide a 25-year warranty on cabinetry, and a 24-month installation warranty [double the industry standard].