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Consider these issues now so that you don't have expensive change orders later:
▪ If you are going to be adding a lot of new cabinets, I would recommend that you work with a kitchen designer. Major home improvement stores (such as Home Depot or Lowes) have in-house designers who will help you for free.
▪ Create a "work triangle" between your refrigerator, sink, and stove.
▪ Specify the brand/size of the following fixtures/appliances early: refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, range, microwave, garbage disposal (many different levels…don’t get stuck with cheapest), venting, faucet, sink.
▪ If you want double basin sink, which side has large basin?
▪ Do you want a drop-in or undermount sink?
▪ Countertop material? How would you like the edges of the countertop to look?
▪ Where would you like to position the soap/sprayer?
▪ If your countertop is not a single surface, where would you like to locate the seams?
▪ If using granite, inspect the slab before it is delivered. There are wide variations in material.
▪ What will be your backsplash material?
▪ Will countertop protrude into any door trim or walking space?
▪ How do you know if your granite countertops need maintenance? Put a few drops of water on the surface and see if they bead up. If not, then you can obtain a sealant from any hardware store.
▪ Plan location of any electrical receptacles: oven/stove, refrigerator, disposal.
▪ Plan location of water source for ice maker.
▪ Will you want a gas or electric stove/oven?
▪ Be sure to ask the Contractor to save all warranties, RECEIPTS, instructions, extra pieces that come with appliances.
▪ Decide on the material for your plumbing fixtures: for example, chrome, satin nickel?
▪ Where will food storage happen (pantry or plenty of cabinets?)
▪ Where will brooms, mops be stored?
▪ Do you want wine storage cabinetry?
▪ Do you want any undercabinet cd or tv? Undercabinet lighting?
▪ Decide on the cabinet color/style, and cabinet pulls.
To have one or not to have one?
Filling gaps between cabinets can be difficult for existing cabinets.
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Stitchery WIPs: "Bath 5¢", "Walking to Town", a selection of 8 San Man snowman charts, "Millenium Sampler", 2 sets of curtain tie-backs using a DMC freebie chart and the DMC linen threads, a Kooler Design Studio chart form JanLynn called "Needlework Shop", "Tsunami Charity Sampler" from the fall 2007 Sampler & Needlework Quarterly, and "Autumn Leaves" from the December 2006 New Stitches