Preparing For Your Design Consultation

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Every year, the experienced designers at Vanway Kitchen + Bath help hundreds of home owners come up with the perfect plan for their renovation.  There are some things you can do to start your project off on the right foot – read on to see what the most prepared people do before they visit our showroom and talk to our designers!

1.  Bring Photos That Inspire You.

We know you’ve been spending hours on Pinterest, checking out kitchen designs, layouts, floor plans, and styles.  That’s great!  The more you know about what colours and features you like, the better you’ll be able to communicate that to your kitchen designer.  Save some of your favourite photos to your smartphone and bring them in to your design consultation.  A picture is truly worth a thousand words when you’re trying to communicate your style.  (Tip: we have more than 100 photos for you to view in our own online inspiration gallery!)

2.  Bring Flooring & Paint Samples.

If you’re renovating your entire kitchen or bathroom, you’ll need to match your new cabinets and countertops to something.  If you have already selected flooring or paint colours, bring those samples into the showroom.  We’ll be able to use them to help you select the right shade of cabinetry or quartz to complete the design.

3.  Bring Ideas & Must-Have Features.

If you’ve seen a kitchen or bathroom design that you absolutely love, print out some photos or save them to your smartphone and bring them along to your design appointment.  Sometimes, different words mean different things between people or manufacturers.  If you can show us what you’re looking for, then we can design a kitchen that has exactly what you want.  (Tip: get a head start by seeing what kind of accessories you might want.)

4.  Bring Basic Room Measurements.

Giving your designer an idea of the space they have to work with will ensure your kitchen is laid out properly.  Come to your design appointment prepared by measuring the walls in your kitchen.  If you have a kitchen island, we’ll need to know how long it is, too.  Remember to run your measuring tape along the wall, where the backsplash is, and not the front edge of the counter.  That will provide the most accurate assessment of your room size.  If you don’t feel confident measuring your kitchen, don’t worry.  We can send a technician to your home to take care of that for you.

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