Measure Your Space
Measure all wall lengths and angles.
Measure ceiling height and bulkheads.
Measure location and size of doors/door trim and windows/window trim.
Measure plumbing and decide where to locate the centre of your sink.
Measure the sizes of your appliances and note where they are located on the layout.
Note location of plugs, light switches, ventilation, gas lines, and heating ducts.
It would be a good idea to take pictures of your space.
Note location of lights (cabinet doors may bump into lights when opening).
If you are covering existing flooring, be sure to note floor measurements of existing cabinets.
Be aware of all entrances required to deliver and install cabinetry.
Remember, you can also search the web to find lots of information and tips on measuring your space.
Design Your Space
At least 36” clearance is best between island and base cabinets.
Pantries must be at least 18” away from any burners. Allow 18” between countertop and the underside of the upper cabinets.
Accommodate the thickness of 5/8” applied finished panels in layout.
Flush inset appliances, apron sinks, and appliances installed within cabinets are sometimes tricky and may require customization.
Be very aware of the placement of appliances (review specifications) and how they will interact with the space and cabinets around them. (Example: Depths and door swings)
Usually, the dishwasher is situated beside the sink cabinet.
Counter supports may be required on 12”+ counter overhangs.
When placing a cabinet beside a wall, allow for 1” filler.
Bring in samples to help with your selections. It is very difficult to remember colours properly.
Remember, you can also search the web to find lots of information and tips on designing your space.