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ABC Guidelines for your Dream Kitchen

Our goal is to help you have a better understanding of the design, remodeling and installation processes. We at KBC Design Studio hope that our step-by-step guidelines will help make your dreams become reality.


Step A: Start Dreaming

Begin by making a list of decorating styles, special cabinet accessories and the principal activities that take place in your kitchen. Visit our Houzz page and our photo gallery on our website to help you get ideas of your style and needs!

Step B: Meeting your Designer

Designing a kitchen is a shared venture between you and your designer. During this meeting you will discuss cabinet construction options, product lines, accessories, floor planning, appliances and budgeting. Please refer to “Budgeting for Your New Kitchen.”

Set C: On-site Measuring

Your initial meeting with your designer will take place at your home.  During this meeting they will measure all necessary dimensions. Important factors such as window and door location will be noted and considered in the design process. Possible relocation may be suggested to achieve the most efficient layout.

Step D: Presentation at the Design Studio

The presentation is an exciting and extremely important meeting. At this time your designer will propose a layout including such items as accessories, door style and color.  A quote will also be presented. At the close of the presentation your designer will require a retainer fee, which will be applied to the cost of your kitchen.  The retainer fee is important to achieve important detail and allow the design process to move forward.

Step E: Design Process and Final Design Presentation

The process typically takes a couple appointments to fine-tune the design to the final layout.  During this time we will loan samples of the proposed door and finishes for you to take to your home.  We will also verify the design with the appliances that you select.  KBC offers a network of industry professionals who we will include when needed to make sure that all aspects of your project are properly covered.

Step F: Meeting the Contractor/ Installer

You and your KBC designer will meet with your builder/contractor to review final plan specifications and dimensions. Any concerns will be addressed by your design team.

Step G: Floor Plans & Design Perspectives

Your design has been approved, the deposit has been placed and your materials are ordered. You and your contractor will receive a complete package that includes floor plans, design perspectives, contract agreements, and delivery schedule.

Step H: Delivery

One week prior to delivery the contract balance is due.  KBC will coordinate delivery with your installer and our shipping agent.

Step I: Cabinet Installation and Counter Top Templating

Once the cabinets have been installed, your countertops will be measured (templated). Your installer will inform KBC of an approximate templating date. The countertop balance is due before scheduling a templating date. There is approximately a 7 to 14 day period between templating and installation of your countertop.

Budgeting for Your New Kitchen

There are several factors to consider when you are developing your budget. Costs of cabinetry, hardware, sinks, faucets, appliances, flooring, builder/contractor fees and installation charges are all of the expenses you need to keep in mind. Below is a list of cabinetry options to help you start your budgeting process for your choice of cabinetry.

  • Standard Cabinetry: Stock line cabinets with limited cabinet selections and upgrades. Scale: $8,000 – $15,000
  • Semi-Custom Cabinetry: Cabinet construction upgrades, more selections of accessories, door styles and finish options. Scale: $15,000 – $25,000
  • Custom Cabinetry: Cabinet construction full upgrades, intricate craftsmanship, additional accessories, door styles, wood species and finish options. Scale: $25,000 – $50,000
  • Deluxe Custom Cabinetry: Your dream is built by the finest cabinetmakers. Scale: $35,000 – No Limit
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