Adding new cabinetry is not only exciting, it’s a great way to express yourself and add value to your home. Our website is an excellent place to start your design process – you’ll find photos of kitchens and other rooms, pictures of all our door styles, wood species selections, planning aids and much more.
Once you have an idea of what you like, make sure you see a sample door in the style, species and finish you’ve chosen. Cabinets are an expensive purchase, and shouldn’t be ordered from photos on a website!
Designing cabinetry for your home will take some careful planning. A cabinetry design specialist will walk you through the process and provide you with costs and a timetable for completion. Canyon Creek can put you in touch with an authorized dealer who will help you with your design.
Our Planning Guide PDF is an 8-page document with color photos and brief product descriptions that you may find useful. It includes space for appliance information and some helpful advice about your upcoming project.
While you are browsing our site, you may find certain styles, colors and features that you are drawn to. Our “wish list” PDF is a great place to record those selections, and will help your designer learn more about the features that are important to you. Magazine photos, Pinterest boards and Houzz Ideabooks are also great ways to show your designer what you’re after.
Planning a closet? See “Closet Design” below…
The primary challenge in designing a new kitchen is to create a room that maximizes function and available space. To do that, accurate measurements are critical. Your designer will take complete measurements before he or she finalizes your design, but it is very helpful to have a rough idea of the layout of the room. You can use our grid PDF to provide the following dimensions of your existing kitchen:
- Wall locations, lengths and height to ceiling.
- Location of doors and windows. Be sure to measure from the floor to the bottom of the windowsill, the entire window, and from the top of the window to the ceiling.
- Location of drains, water supply, gas lines, electrical outlets and switches.
- Location and size of your sink and size, description and placement of appliances.
Determine a realistic budget that works for you. Some hidden factors that may affect your budget include:
- Is this a remodel or new construction?
- Do you need to move any walls or are you happy with the existing space?
- Do you need to move, replace or add any windows or doors?
- Are the existing appliances being replaced?
- Are the sink and stove locations OK or will plumbing and gas lines need to be moved?
- Are the existing electrical wiring up to code or will it need to be modified?
- Is the floor in good shape or will it need to be repaired or replaced?
There are a multitude of finish options that will affect your budget as well, such as lighting, countertops, appliances, wall or window treatments, backsplash material, hardware, faucets and more.
Planning a closet is a little bit different than designing a kitchen or media room. Your Canyon Creek Closets Plus designer will need to know what – and how much – is in your closet. You can download and fill out our Closet Inventory (PDF) to help you both get started.
While your Closets Plus designer will come to your home to get an idea of your space and take final measurements, you may want to sketch out some ideas of your own – just download the Planning Grid PDF.
On installation day, there are a few things you can do to make the install go quickly and smoothly – our Prep for Install PDF has all the information you need.
The selection phase of your remodel or new construction is a great time to work with a kitchen and bath designer. These industry professionals are invaluable when it comes to choosing the right appliances, products and materials for your lifestyle, budget, and even the neighborhood you’re located in.
As we mentioned above, be sure to get samples of the flooring, countertops, backsplash and cabinets. Images that you see on websites and in magazines won’t give you a good sense of how materials will look in your own lighting, nor how they will look when combined.
Your Canyon Creek distributor may offer you stain or paint “chips” – 3″ x 6″ samples of our most popular options. These are a great tool for narrowing down your choices, but don’t order an entire kitchen based on this little sample! You know how the painted wall never seems to look like the paint chip? A full kitchen, with variations in lighting and wood grain, won’t look like that little stain sample, either. Be sure to get a single door in the style, species and finish you’ve decided on to make sure you’re happy with the selection.