Every great design project begins with a great plan.
Whether you’re starting a remodeling project or creating an entirely new space, success will depend largely on quality preparation. Making correct measurements, optimizing layout, determining budget, and placing an accurate order are all important steps in the planning process. VP Innovations is here to help. Your design consultant will help produce a space that reflects your vision, needs and preferences.
Tips From the VP Innovations Design Consultants
- If you are building a new house or adding a major addition you will most likely have scaled blueprints or drawings from your architect or builder. Make sure to bring those with you to your consultation.
- If you are remodeling, we ask that you take some basic measurements to allow us to prepare a preliminary quote. The lengths of the major walls, locations of doors and windows (don’t forget to include the trim in your measurements), ceiling height, and any other major features are important as well.
- Come to your consultation prepared to discuss your project budget. It is vital information for the planning process. Our designers will work hard to give you the space you want at a price you’re comfortable with.
Before your initial consultation, please complete the planning guide that corresponds to your project (as much as possible). These planning guides provide a framework for collaboration and creativity, and ultimately, to help craft a space that will inspire and delight.
Frequently Asked Questions
Every project starts with lots of questions. The more questions you ask, the more we can learn about your project’s unique needs. Below is a collection of frequently asked questions, which we encourage you to browse. If there’s something else you’re wondering about, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced design professionals.
Q: What are the first steps I should take after deciding to begin a kitchen/bath remodel or new build project?
A: The best way to begin your kitchen/bath remodel or new build project is to gather ideas regarding the overall look or style you see for your space. Magazines, websites, or television shows about home remodeling and interior design are a good place to start. Once you have some ideas, we recommend filling out one of our planning guides and then calling us to schedule an appointment with one of our design consultants.
Q: How do I determine what cabinet/counter top materials are best suited for my home/lifestyle/project?
A: There are many decisions to make when it comes to choosing a cabinet style for your project. What door style are you looking for? Is there a specific material, color or finish that you are looking for? Are there any special features you were hoping to add to your space? All of these things are factors in determining what cabinets are best for you. Check out page six of our kitchen planning guide for a checklist to help you get started.
We offer a variety of stock, semi-custom and custom cabinets that will help you achieve the look and functionality you want:
Stock cabinets are available in the most popular styles, materials and finishes and can generally be delivered much faster than a custom cabinet project.
Semi-custom cabinets are designed to allow you the ability to modify the width or depth depending on your needs. They also provide more door style, material and finish options than stock cabinets would, allowing you to mix and match to your liking.
Custom cabinetry is made exactly to your specifications and can be created exclusively for your needs. A custom project will also allow you the largest variety of options for door styles, materials and finishes.
As with cabinets, there are a variety of styles and materials available in counter tops:
Quartz (engineered stone): Waterproof and resistant to staining, scratching, and heat; however, edges can chip and some people don’t really like the “uniform” look that it has.
Granite: A natural-looking, tough material – but it must be sealed every so often to protect it from stains.
Wood: A naturally beautiful product that makes an excellent work surface; however, it requires quite a bit of maintenance like sealing and refinishing to keep it looking nice and protect it from water damage.
Ceramic tile: A variety of choices are available to give any space a custom look with an affordable price tag; however, tile has a tendency to chip easily and the grout is susceptible to staining.
Laminate: A low-cost option that has the ability to look high end – but is easily scratched and cannot be repaired.
Stainless steel: High-tech feel and spill resistant make for a really modern-looking kitchen; however, stainless steel can be discolored by certain chemicals and the reflective surface makes fingerprints, scratches and dents stand out.
Solid surface: This seamless, waterproof material comes in many color options and is easily repairable if needed – but all of that comes with a higher price tag.
Marble: An unarguably high-end, classic look. However, marble must be sealed every so often to protect it from stains and it is more susceptible to chips and scratches than some other materials.
Q: What if I just want to replace the doors on my existing cabinets for a new look? Do you do that?
A: You could do this, however, we don’t usually recommend it. Think about all of the cabinets in your kitchen. You not only need to replace the doors and drawers, you will need to replace the front of the cabinet to make sure it all matches. Doors are also usually the most expensive part of the cabinet, approximately 70%. If you’re already making that cost commitment, why not spend the extra 30% to get the upgrade to completely new cabinets? This will give your room a more complete, finished look.
Q: I have a lot of ideas about how I want the finished space to look, and I want to make sure I am going to be happy with the outcome. In what capacity can I be involved in the designing and remodeling processes?
A: When it comes to your project, we want you to be as involved – or as uninvolved – as you’d like. We love it when our customers become a part of the design and remodel process. The way we see it, having an involved customer results in a great outcome.
Q: What is the kitchen “work triangle?”
A: The “work triangle” in your kitchen describes the layout between the major work stations of your kitchen. The National Kitchen and Bath Association defines this as an imaginary straight line drawn from the sink, to the stove, to the refrigerator and back to the sink. The triangle layout provides the cook with maximum ease and efficiency.
Q: Do you design other home applications that involve cabinetry?
A: Yes, we design for a wide variety of applications including furniture, entertainment centers, hearths, dressing areas, consoles, and workshops.
Q: I have no idea where to begin when it comes to design/finishes/materials. Do you have someone that will help me with this?
A: Yes, we can help you with determining the aesthetic details of your project and choosing the righ products, materials and colors. Download our planning guides and schedule an appointment with one of our experienced designers and we’ll guide you step by step.
Q: Is there a project that is too small for VP Innovations? What about too large?
A: We welcome all project sizes.
Q: From start to finish, how long should I expect my project to take?
A: Because every project is different, it is hard to pin down an exact timeline. It really depends on the complexity. For example, if you are taking walls down, it will generally take more time than it would if you were just putting in a new counter top.