Michelle’s Design Centre Tips (Part 1)
Research before your appointment
Consider upgrades for main rooms & standard options for secondary rooms
- Know what you want and do some price checking before your appt.
- Sould be able to get supplier/finishes list from builder before
- Create a wish list . It’s best to choose what you like the most, and to have a secondary choice too. Then, price your choices for upgrade costs and go from there
When do you expect to move in?
- Ensure you have cohesive finishes throughout the home, especially in a small space
- Consider hardwood for living room & master bedroom and broadloom for basement & guest rooms
- marble/stone for foyer, kitchen, master ensuite & powder room, porcelain for guest bathrooms
How long do you plan on living in the home?
- Although you can sometimes get things cheaper installed after the fact, is it worth it.
- Weigh convenience of moving right in finished vs. having to do more work or not being able to move in on possession
Consider hiring a professional to help for a few hours
- Are you making decisions for you for the next 20 years or for resale within 5 years
- Less personalization for quicker resell
- Good appliances sell
- Simple neutral palettes sell
- Long term you can save some money by doing upgrades in few years
Good tips to know:
- Some design centres have staff and will offer some time with a design consultant
- Can save you money in the long run by quickly pulling together a look
- Takes stress out of the selection phase
- The developer is allowed to change 10% of your floor plan without consulting with you
- If you’re thinking of changing the floor plan, keep in mind it could be costly. It’s a big deal to change because they have to change the plans and monitor/manage the change to ensure it’s executed for you.
Michelle’s Design Centre Tips: The Kitchen Appointment
Biggest single investment in finishes in home
- Like a diamond buy the best you can afford
- Choosing your cabinet doors is the most important thing you’ll do in your condo.
- Your cabinets will likely total nearly three quarters the cost of your kitchen
- They’re the most visible and once chosen, they make all other decisions easier
Choose door style first then colour, stain or painted & appliances and interior hardware i.e. soft close, touch latch
- Make sure the layout makes sense i.e. work triangle, positioning of sink to stove to fridge, storage, etc.
- Can usually change basic layout without charge if not changing the amount of cabinetry needed or structural or walls
Choose counter, flooring & backsplash
- Know the style of kitchen you want modern, contemporary, traditional. This will make the doors style and colour choice easier
- Choosing a Shaker vs. a Flat Slab for your Cabinet. A shaker can be made to look a little more traditional or a little more contemporary or even modern. A flat slab will always look clean and contemporary.
Choose faucet, sink
- Should blend together and work with door style & colour
Choose decorative hardware
- Functionality over look is most important here
- Many great choices in all style
Upgrading Your Kitchen Island
- This choice is a bit more fun, functionality is important but different hardware can completely change the look of a kitchen.
- Small knobs are best for upper cupboards or on light lower cabinets
- A pull handle is best for drawers
- All handles should have the same finishes
- In certain cases, you need to ensure your cabinet door gloss does not clash with the finish of your handles
- Extending a 24-inch deep island to 36-inch is a worthwhile upgrade as it will allow you to build a reveal where you can put stools with leg room for people to sit at the island
- A waterfall adds a glamorous and polished aspect to your kitchen
- To save money, only do the waterfall on one side of the island instead of both – do the side that is more visible
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