Step 1: Get Inspired
What are your personal tastes? Everyone is different! Traditional, modern, or contemporary? Framed or frameless cabinets? Do you want stained wood, painted or laminate? What type of storage options appeal to you and how you work in the kitchen? Take a look at some of our inspirational ideas and let us know what you like.
Example of one possible storage solution
Step 2: Measure & Photograph
To begin, we need to know the size of your space. Download our Measuring Guide below to sketch a rough layout and provide measurements of your space. Remember this doesn’t have to be a work of art, just a basic drawing to help us get started. Don't worry, we will get accurate measurements before the project begins so your cabinets fit your space perfectly.
Note: Pictures are worth a thousand words. Take a couple wide angle photos to share with your cabinet designer.
Step 3: Schedule Your Initial Design Consultation
Meet with one of our talented cabinet designers at any of our locations in Oregon, Washington and Arizona to discuss your project. During this visit we will provide you with an in-depth presentation of our different cabinet lines and the numerous options available within your budget.
The goal of this meeting is for us to learn as much about your project, your needs and goals, make some preliminary product selections, and establish a rudimentary budget for your project. Make sure to bring your ideas, room sketch and photographs! You will leave this meeting with a good understanding of the price ranges available for your project.
Step 4: Get Your Design
Once we have a basic understanding of your project and budgetary goals, we can get to work on your design. We will take all of the information we learned about you during our Initial Design Consultation - your lifestyle, your habits, your flair for color or pension for cleanliness - and we will tailor every detail of your cabinet layout around those preferences. Our cabinetry expertise allows us to personalize all the details of your project while remaining within your budget ensuring that you get the maximum value out of your purchase.
Note: We require a $250 design retainer before we start your design to ensure that we can dedicate the appropriate amount of time to your layout. Should you decide to move forward with your cabinet purchase, the $250 is credited towards your cabinet order.
Step 5: Review Your Design
After we meet with you for your Cabinet Design Consultation, we get to work on designing your space. Whether it is a small bathroom vanity, or an entire homes worth of cabinetry, we use state of the art cabinet design software to lay out every detail of your space.
We make sure to include as many of your needs that were identified during your Initial Design Consultation into the cabinet design as possible, all while doing our best to stay within the confines of the budget we identified with your ballpark estimate. Once your design is complete, we meet with you again to walk you through the cabinet design, going cabinet by cabinet to make sure no detail is overlooked.
Timeframe: 3-5 business days for CFM to design your space, followed by a 30-60 Minute appointment to review the cabinet design.
Example of a custom design draft
Step 6: Revise & Finalize
Buying cabinets requires a lot of decisions. Therefore, we never expect you to make your purchase at the time of the Design Review. We want you to go home, look at the 3D renderings we provided you and envision your new cabinets.
Think about how you will use the space. Where will you store your crockpot? Is the silverware drawer in a convenient location for both putting away your dishes and serving your meals? Do you have a place for your mixer? Do the cabinets efficiently store all your dishes?
After you have visualized your new cabinets, verified the measurements with your installer, and thought about what changes you need, call or email us and we can fine tune the design and get it ready for order.
Timeframe: Depends on the amount of revisions requested. Typical turnaround time on revision requests is 1-2 business days.
Example of a kitchen designed at CFM
Step 7: Order & Install
Once all the details for your new cabinets are ironed out, it’s time to order. Within 72 hours of placing your order with us, we will release it to our vendor for production. Production time for cabinetry differs by manufacturer. Some cabinets are in stock and can be shipped in as little as two weeks. Made to order cabinetry is typically produced in 6-8 weeks, but depending on the manufacturer and material selections, can take 12 weeks or more. Up to date lead time information will be provided during the consultation process.
Note: CFM does not do any installation, but can help with a referral if it is not a service your builder or contractor offers.
An example final product
This beautiful Seattle area remodel elevates both form and function. The cabinet layout used in this project was more than just a collection of cabinets; it’s a celebration of thoughtful design, quality materials, and the artistry of creating spaces that add value to your everyday life.
By blending the white paint and natural cherry finishes from Bellmont Cabinets, the kitchen exudes the light and bright feeling while simultaneously adding a touch of warmth to make it feel like home. The custom range hood adds an extra level of elegance.
Storage features included in the cabinetry were a docking drawer for charging electronics, hidden roll out shelves, bench seating, and more. Contact one of our cabinet designers today to discuss what you do or don’t like about this project and how we can make your dream a reality.