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When you have finally decided to begin a kitchen remodel there are a few things to take into mind when planning the job.
One of the first things to do is make sure you have accurate measurements. Every little bit does come into play. The best start is to make a sketch of the kitchen as if you are looking down from the ceiling. Once you have the wall sizes drawn out, you can begin. You will want to make sure you have an accurate measurement of the sink center. It’s best to pull this measurement from a corner. You would not want to have to move any plumbing as this would end up with an added cost and may not be a desired look. Most sinks are centered in a window. You will want to measure the window trim to trim. You will also want to get the measurement from a corner to the side trim of the window. You will need to know both height and width of the window. Having the sink center off would transfer to the window not being centered in the window. You will also need to know the ceiling height. If there is a soffit you will need to know that height as well. Next you will want to get the measurements of any doors that will come into play in the kitchen. Same goes for the doors as in window. You will want to get the location of these from a wall corner to the trim. You will also want to know the width of the door (trim to trim). Make a note on your sketch.
Next thing to do is get the locations of the appliances (Stove, Dishwasher and Refrigerator). Dishwashers are standard 24 inches wide. Make a note on the sketch if it’s to the left or right of the sink, or in some cases the location could be different. Refrigerators come in many sizes. Both the width and the height need to be known. Most stoves are 30 inches wide. Double check that though to be sure. It’s very important that you know the location of the wall plug on an electric stove and the gas line stub for a gas stove as well as the center of the vent stack if one is there. Again, moving these would add to the cost if you need to hire an electrician or plumber. Make a note on the sketch of where these are located.
Ok now you should have a good idea of the space of the kitchen. You can now send this to us at Lily Ann Cabinets or start to figure out the layout yourself and start your own DIY project.
When adding cabinets to your kitchen you will need to know a few things. Lily Ann Cabinets come in 3 inch increments. For wall cabinets you will need to know the ceiling height. If you have a 96 inch ceiling height (8 foot) you have a couple of options. You could go with a 30 inch high wall cabinet that would be mounted at 84 inches, 7 feet. If you have a soffit this will be the maximum height cabinet you could go with. You may want to order some scribe molding for where the top of the cabinet meets the soffit for a clean look. Sometimes soffits are not that straight and scribe molding will fill in the imperfections in the drywall. If you do not have a soffit you can go with the 30 inch wall cabinet and add some crown molding for a more decorative look. If you want a bigger, taller wall cabinet you can go with a 36 inch tall one. These would be mounted at 90 inches off the floor. This size wall cabinet is a nice choice if you do not plan on using crown molding. If you do want crown molding on a 36 inch tall this will leave about 3 inches to the ceiling. If you want it to go to the ceiling you will need to add some filler to the top of the 36 inch wall cabinet to make up the 3 inches. If you want the 42 inch uppers, these are going to mount to the ceiling. On an 8 foot tall ceiling there will be no room for crown molding. You may want to order some scribe molding trim just in case the ceiling is not perfectly straight to fill in any gaps. If you have over an 8 foot ceiling you can use the 42’s with crown.
If you plan on doing some bump ups in the kitchen here are a few things to know as well. If you plan on bumping up a wall diagonal cabinet and have smaller cabinets to the left and right of it with crown, you will also need to bump that corner cabinet out 3 inches. This will allow the crown on the smaller cabinets to have a flat place to return into. To bump a cabinet out you will need a few items to make it happen. First you will need some 2×4’s. Two pieces of this nailed together will make 3 inches. You can mount these nailed together 2×4’s to the wall then screw your cabinet to these. You will also need a wall skin or some stained plywood to “skin” the side of the cabinet to hide the 3 inch bump out you have created. Some lines offer the wall skin some do not. If not order a sheet of ¼ inch stained plywood then cut to size. This would be the same for any cabinet you bump out and up. When ordering crown do not forget to order scribe molding to fill in the gap left by the reveal of the cabinet side. This would be used anywhere the crown would wrap around a side.
For base cabinets, these will be a bit easier. The best way to begin is to locate the center of your sink or if you have a window above the sink the center of that. Most standard sink bases are 36 inches wide. So you will know that half of that is 18 inches. From there you can measure what else would be needed. Remember our cabinets are in increments of 3 inches.
For the corners. Most of our Lazy Susans are 36 inches down each wall. If you’re laying out the kitchen and find you have no room for the 36 inches you do have a couple of choices that can be made. First would be the use of a Blind Base cabinet. Most of our lines have a 36/39 inch one. Some have a larger 42/45 inch. When using the blind base cabinet the first number is the cabinet size, the second number is how much wall space it will take. So on a 36/39 the cabinet must be installed 39 inches from the corner. This 3 inches is a minimum space. Most can be pulled a bit farther if needed. You can view the details on the website to see what the max pull would be. When using a blind base you will also need to include 3 inch base filler. The next cabinet that butts into the blind base to make the corner will need this 3 inch space to allow the doors and drawers to operate correctly. You cannot butt a cabinet right up to the blind base without filler there. The blind base will take up 27 inches on the other side. So one way a minimum of 39 inches and the other way will take up 27 inches. The last option would be to have a dead corner. To make this you would use 2 base cabinets and some filler. You would need to measure 27 inches off each corner then start with a 3 inch fillers. I like to use 6 inch base fillers for this then cut them to make a nice corner that measure 3 inches each way. Then you can use a base cabinet after each filler.
This should give you a good idea of how to layout a kitchen. If you have any troubles you can always send in a sketch of the kitchen and let the designers at Lily Ann Cabinets draw it up for you or call and we can assist you.