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Renew Your Kitchen with a Wish List and a Sketch

May 1st, 2014 | Posted in Blog

When you’re ready to update your kitchen, you don’t need much more than your imagination. Add a tape measure, pencil and paper, and you’re ready to get started! The designers at MarKraft Cabinets will take your wish list, and your sketch of your kitchen, and prepare a detailed proposal.

Your wish list, explains designer Lauren Morris, can include pictures of looks you like from magazines or websites. Two she recommends are Houzz.com and Pinterest.com. It’s helpful to specify door styles, finishes, appliances and countertops. But homeowners who haven’t made up their minds will get helpful suggestions, Lauren says.

“We have a software system to draw it out,” she said, offering a range of design options. Most customers don’t need a lot of choices. They just want their ideas turned into a plan with a definite price tag.

First: Think about what you want. Clip magazines, print web pages, look at showroom samples. What do you like about your kitchen? What don’t you like? Do you want it brighter, or more old-fashioned? Roomier? Easier to work in? Are you keeping recently acquired appliances, or starting from scratch?

Next, draw your plan. It can be exact, measured to the inch, on graph paper, or just a simple pencil sketch. (“We would certainly go out and double-check your measurements before we order anything,” Lauren reassures us.) Include such important details as plumbing, outlets, doors and windows. If you’re getting new appliances, include the make and model, or at least the type and size you have in mind.

“Appliances are a big thing,” Lauren cautions. Every refrigerator, stove or dishwasher has its own space requirements. If in doubt, just ask.

If measuring and drawing are more work than you want to do, don’t worry. MarKraft will send an expert to measure and sketch your kitchen, at no obligation.

Finally, bring the sketch of your kitchen’s “footprint,” wish list and any pictures, to the Selection Center. “When you come in,” Lauren advises, “have an idea of your budget.” That will help choose the most appropriate product lines. Expect to see a finished design, with pricing, in about three days. Once ordered, getting the components delivered and installed takes five to seven weeks.

MarKraft’s Selection Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday at 5424 Oleander Drive, Suite 9; evenings and Saturdays by appointment.