• Measure Your Space

    Accurate measuremetns are essential to planning your new kitchen. With these measurements your designer will be able to help you create your dream kitchen.

    Floor Plan

    Using the measuring procedure illustrated, carefully prepare a simple floor plan of your existing kitchen. Your completed floor plan should resemble the diagram shown. Make sure you show the exact locations of doors, windows, range hood vents, gass lines, water lines, drains, switches, outlets, outlets, light fixtures, and vents.
    Double-check all measurements.

    Measuring procedure

    Using a tape measure and graph paper, measure as outlined.

    Horizontal Measurement

    1. Measure from wall to wall at 36" height.
    2. Measure from corner to window or door opening.
    3. Measure across opening from trim edge to trim edge.
    4. Measure from edge of trim to far wall. Compare sum of #2 and #3 and #4 measurements to step#1.
    5. Mark exact locations of water line, drain, gas line and electrical outlets/switches on drawing.
    6. Measure from wall to wall above window and compare to #1.

    Vertical Measurement

    7. Measure from floor to window sill.
    8. Measure from window sill to top of window.
    9. Measure from top of window to ceiling.
    10. Measure from floor to ceiling. Compare to sum of #7, #8, and #9.

    Appliance / Fixtrue Information

    Show desigred locations of appliances on drawing. it is very important to indicate natural gas locations, 220 volt outlets, and wall mounted telephone locations (T) and cable TV outlet location (CTV).
      Type Size (WxHxD) Hinge Position (L/R)
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  • 5 Standard Kitchen Layouts

    The very first step of the planning process is to determine the possible layout of your kitchen. There are five basic kitchen shapes: Striaght, Galley, L-shape, U-shape, and G-shape.

    The Traditional Work Triangle

    The work triangle is the standard configuration use by professionals for designing efficient kitchens. The three magical points are the areas between the refrigerator, range and sink.
    The STRAIGHT configuration is good for small homes and apartments. It offers the least efficient kitchen plan but maximizes space.
    The GALLEY configuration is efficient for up to two cooks in the kitchen. However, the shape allows little extra room for crossing household traffic.
    The L-SHAPE kitchen is the most common kitchen layout in American households. It provides a good amount of continuous counter space, and the magic work triangle is executed perfectly. This Design can also allow for the inclusion of a dining area or island.
    The G-SHAPE kitchen is a step up from the U-Shape kitchen. This design adds extra cabinet and counter space. In order the avoid feeling too closed-in, this layout works est when two of the walls are open to adjacent spaces.
    The U-SHAPE kitchen is ideal for the solo cook. The continous countertop and cabinets surround the cook on three sides, putting everything within reach.
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    1. Full overlay door panel, 3/4" thick door panel
    2. 4 to 6-way adjustable European hidden metal hinges (shown optional soft-close higes available)
    3. Adjustable, 3/4" shelf, 5/8" thick cabinet-grade plywood, metal shelf rests
    4. Dovetail drawer, 1/2" thick solid wood sides
    Full extension, under-mounted, soft-close, steel concealed drwer glides
    (note: B2, H6, D3, C2, C6,C3 with 3/4 extension, non-soft-close)
    6. 1/2" thick cabinet grade plywood box
    7. metal bracket reinforcements for base cabinets
  • 1. The finest maple wood is sanded until smooth and vacuumed.
    2. An equalizer stain is applied to balance the base color of the wood.
    3. A toner is then applied to establish color uniformity.
    4. A deep penetrating stain is then applied to reveal the hidden beauty of the natural grain.
    5. All stained surfaces are then hand-rubbed and wiped of excess stain, and then slowly air-dried.
    6. A wood sealer is then applied, pentrating all exposed wood surfaces for uniform protection.
    7. All surfaces are then hand-sanded, providing a smooth, consistent surface.
    8. A glaze is applied by hand (if applicable).
    9. A Color consistency examination is performed with additional touch-up if needed.
    10 Afinal protective top coat is applied, maximizing resistance to scuffing, moisture, fading and most household chemicals.

    The Beauty of Real Wood Cabinetry

    Maple is strong, fine-grained wood that is mainly off-white in color, athough it may contain light hues of yellow-brown or pink. it may also contain natural imperfections which add character and uniqueness to the wood.

    Wood Characteristics

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    General Information

    Keep cabinet surfaces dry.
    Quick temperature changes and excessive moisture can be harmful to the cabinet finish and overall cabinet stability.

    Initial Cleaning After Installation

    To remove dust, use a soft, lint-free cotton cloth to wipe down all exterior and interior surfaces.

    Basic Cleaning

    Use a soft, lint-free cotton dampered with a mild detergent or soap, and warm water.
    For best results, use a "blotting" action rather than a wiping motion when cleaning
    Dry surfaces immediately with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth.
    Avoid using a dish cloth or sponge - Harsh detergent residues may harm finishes.
    Avoid ammonia-based cleaners and soaps with dye.

    Wipe Spills Promptly

    Food spills and grease will come off more easily if they are removed promptly.
    Wipe up spills and water spots immediately with a lint-free cotton cloth so moisture is not absorbed into the cabinetry.
    Check the areas around the sink and dishwasher to make sure that water and detergents do not dry on the cabinet surface.
    Do not leave printed materials (newspapers, magazines, etc.) on the cabinet surface. The printing ink can bleed into the cabinet finish.


    Avoid Excessive Moisture & Heat

    Avoid draping wet or damp dish towels over doors of the base cabinets.
    Do not attach towel racks to the interior of cabinet doors.
    Use trays under potted plants to catch excess water.
    Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where the heat or steam is directed onto cabinet surfaces.
    Always protect wood surfaces by using hot pads under hot items.

    Avoid Abrasives

    Never use scouring pads, steel wool, wire brushes or powdered cleaners.
    Do not allow oven cleaner to touch any part of the cabinet.
    Avoid sliding objects across the cabinet surface.
    Be careful with knives and other sharp objects that can damage the cabinet.
    Avoid sliding objects across the cabinet surface.
    Be careful with knives and other sharp objects that can damage the cabinet surface.
    When in doubt of a cleaner's suitability, don't use it. Harsh cleaners and detergets may scratch and penetrate the surface, allowing food or moisture to enter and cause deterioration of the finish. Never leave a cloth moistened with cleaners on a cabinet surface for any length of time.

    Care And Cleaning Of Glass Door Inserts

    Use a household glass cleaner with a soft, clean cloth.
    Apply the glass cleaner directly to a cloth rather than the glass or mirror.
    Avoid excess glass cleaner running into cabinet joints
    Ammonia should never be used full strength.