• Kitchen Planning Guide

    Whether your project is a kitchen for a new home or the renovation of an existing one, this questionnaire is geared to provide information Hampton Kitchens of Raleigh can use to design a kitchen ideally suited to fit your lifestyle.

    Household & Lifestyle

    1. Number of Household Members:___
    2. Number and approximate ages of household members:
    __infants __young children __teens
    __20 to 30 yrs __31 to 40 yrs __41 to 50 yrs
    __51 to 60 yrs __61 to 70 yrs __70+
    3. If your household has young children, will they be using
    the kitchen frequently? __Yes __No
    4. How long do you plan on living in the home you are
    remodeling/building?
    __1 to 5 yrs __6 to 10 yrs __11 to 20 yrs __20+
    5. Where do you eat meals?
    __ Kitchen __ Dining Room
    __Other:______________________
    6. Where will your eat after you remodel/build?
    __ Kitchen __ Dining Room
    __ Other:_____________________
    7. Do you require a kitchen table or would you be willing
    to explore other options?
    __A kitchen table is required
    __A kitchen table is preferred but I’m open to other options
    __A kitchen table is not necessary
    8. What other activities will take place in your new
    kitchen?
    __Laundry __Homework __Watching TV
    __Paying Bills __Sewing __Computer Center
    __Other:___________________ __Other:_____________
    9. After you remodel/build, will you entertain
    frequently? __Yes __No
    If Yes…
    What is your entertainment style?
    __formal __informal
    Do you have __large or __small gatherings?
    Do your guests help you in the kitchen when
    you entertain? __Yes __No
    10. How do you shop?
    __For the week __Buy in bulk and freeze
    __For each meal __Buy non-perishable items in bulk
    If you buy in bulk, do you require storage in
    the kitchen for all or most of these items?
    __Yes __No

    Cooking Style

    1. Who is the primary cook?_____________________________
    2. Is the primary cook __left handed or __right handed?
    3. How tall is the primary cook?_______
    4. What is the primary cook’s cooking style?
    __Gourmet Meals __Family Meals
    __Quick & Simple Meals
    __Bring Meals Home __Baking
    5. What does the primary cook prefer?
    __No one else in the kitchen while preparing meals.
    __A helper in the kitchen when preparing meals.
    __Family or friends visiting during meal preparation.
    6. Does the primary cook have any physical limitations? If so, please list:
    __Yes __No
    ___________________________________________
    7. Who is the secondary cook?__________________________
    8. Do the secondary and primary cook prepare meals
    together? __Yes __No
    9. Is the secondary cook
    __left handed or __right handed?
    10. How tall is the secondary cook?________
    11. What are the secondary cook’s responsibilities?
    __Preparing side dishes __Clean up
    __Assist in preparing main course
    12. Does the secondary cook have any physical
    limitations? If so, please list:
    ___________________________________________

    Design & Style

    1. What are your color preferences for your new kitchen?
    _______________________________________________________
    2. Are there colors you would not want in your new
    kitchen?_______________________________________________
    3. Have you created a scrapbook of notes, photos, and
    ideas that you would like to use in your new kitchen?
    __Yes __No
    4. If a design could be greatly improved, would you be
    willing to make structural changes? (i.e. moving windows,
    doors, and walls)?
    __Absolutely not __I would consider it
    5. What do you like about your current kitchen?
    _______________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________
    6. What do you dislike about your current kitchen?
    _______________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________
    7. Do you require a recycling center in your kitchen?
    __Yes __No
    If Yes…
    Which items do you need to sort?_____________________
    8. Will you be keeping your existing applicances?
    Dishwasher: __existing __new
    Refrigerator: __existing __new
    Oven/Range: __existing __new
    Other: ___________________________
    9. What is your style preference for your new kitchen?
    __contemporary __formal
    __country __traditional
    10. Do you have a “wish list” of items you would like to be included in your new kitchen? If so, please list them below:
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________
    _______________________________________________________________________

    Time & Budget

    1. When would you like to begin your project?__________
    _______________________________________________________
    2. When would you like your project completed?_________
    _______________________________________________________
    3. If you are building, is the kitchen included in your contract? __Yes __No
    4. Do you have a budget for this project?__No __Yes: $________________

    General

    1. Name:________________________________________________
    2. Address:_____________________________________________
    3. City:_________________________State:____Zip:_________
    4. Home Phone:___________________________
    5. Work Phone:___________________________
    6. Fax:__________________________________
    7. Email:__________________________________
    8. New Home Address:____________________________________
    9. City:_________________________State:____Zip:_________
    10. Builder (if applicable):________________________
    11. Phone:_______________________________
    12. Fax:_________________________________
    13. Architect (if applicable):_____________________
    14. Phone:_______________________________
    15. Fax:_________________________________
    16. Interior Designer (if applicable):_____________
    17. Phone:_______________________________
    18. Fax:_________________________________

  • What To Expect

    This walkthrough shows you what to expect before, during, and after your contact with us.

    Getting Started

    1. Gather a scrapbook of notes, photos, and articles that you have collected.

    2. Get together with your family and ask them for their input and wish lists.

    3. Come up with a budget you can live with.

    4. Draw a rough sketch of your floor plan and take measurements (or, if building, get floor plan from architect or builder).

    5. If you would like, print and fill out, the Kitchen Planning Guide.

    6. Call us to make an appointment.

    Visiting With Us

    We meet with clients by appointment only. In order to showcase the ever changing cabinetry styles, finishes and features, our cabinetry is on display in our showroom as well as in custom builder model homes. Please call (919) 812-9547 to schedule an appointment.
    We will …
    1. Answer any questions you may have about our products as well as all services we offer.

    2. Discuss your “wish list”, ideas and floor plan.

    3. Offer a realistic ballpark price for the products and services you desire.

    If Your Decide to Retain Us . . .

    1. We will come to your home and take exact measurements.

    2. We will provide professional planning and design services, floor plans and perspective drawings for you.

    3. We will set up meetings to discuss design and pricing options and discuss any modifications you would like to make.

    4. We will provide you with an exact price upon final selection of design, products, and services.

    The Installation Process

    1. Hampton Kitchens offers installation services by experienced craftsmen. We will install only cabinets or provide a complete remodeling job from tearout to cleaning. Our goal is to assure that your project proceeds as smoothly as possible, resulting in the kitchen of your dreams.

    2. We will make arrangements with you, your builder, and/or your architect to coordinate the installation.

    3. To ensure a quality installation, we will meet with our installers prior to installation to discuss the details of your plan and installation.

  • Renovation / Remodeling Hints

    Review these helpful tips to help you prepare for your kitchen renovation project.

    Cover doorways into other rooms with plastic.

    Pack everything that won’t be needed into boxes. This will keep things dust-free.

    Keep essential items handy: basic food that can be microwaved, condiments, cereal, microwave-safe dishes and utensils, dishcloths, dishwasher soap, paper plates and cups, coffee, coffee pot and sugar/creamer, paper towels, napkins, and garbage bags.

    You will be without water in the kitchen for a short time. You may need to do dishes in another sink or the bathtub for awhile.

    Many contractors will wait until cabinets have arrived before tearing out your current cabinets. Be sure to clarify this point with your contractor or us if we are providing tear-out services.

    Set up the microwave and refrigerator in another area, along with a table for preparation.

    Stockpile restaurant coupons for the nights when you really want to eat out.

    Relax and rely on your Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer. You will have a beautiful kitchen when all the dust is gone!!

  • How To Measure Your Existing Kitchen

    Follow this step-by-step guide for measuring and drawing your existing kitchen.

    Below is a step-by-step guide for drawing and measuring your kitchen. Each step is color coded and matches the corresponding color in the sample drawing below. To make it easier to draw your kitchen we have provided a grid that can be printed and used as grid paper.

    NOTE: If you are remodeling, do not include current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables, in your measurements.

    NOTE: All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120″ ( a quotation mark (“) denotes inches ).

    Sample Drawing

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    STEP 1

    Draw a rough outline of your kitchen. Use the following symbols in your drawing for doors and windows.

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    NOTE: For doorways with doors, draw the doorway according to which way the door swings.

    STEP 2

    Draw in any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, sink plumbing, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved.

    STEP 3

    A) Beginning at the top left corner of your drawing measure to the first window, door, or wall. Continue clockwise around the room until each wall, window and door has been measured.

    Note: When measuring doors and windows the trim is considered part of the door or window. As shown in the drawing below, measure from the outside of the trim on one side to the outside of the trim on the other side.

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    B) Measure the ceiling height and write it in the center of your drawing. Sometimes, especially with older homes, it is a good idea to take measurements in a few different areas of the kitchen. Ceiling heights, even in the same room, can sometimes vary by as much as a few inches.

    C) As shown in the drawing below, measure from the floor to the bottom of each window and also measure the overall window height. If you have printed these instructions, write the measurements in the table provided below.

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    A) Beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the windows “Window #1”, “Window #2”, etc. in a clockwise order.

    B) Again, beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the doors “Door #1”, “Door #2”, etc. in a clockwise order.

    C) Next to each wall, write the name of the adjacent room. If the wall is an “outside wall” write “exterior wall.”

    STEP 5

    A) Measure any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved. If the obstruction is close to a wall, measure out from the wall to the edge of the obstruction.

    B) Measure from the second closest wall to the edge of the obstruction.

    C) If the obstruction does not span the full height of the room, measure the height of the obstruction.

    Final Step:

    Check your measurements. If your room is rectangular add up the measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they match (or are at least very close). For example, in our sample drawing, you would take the overall measurements of the top wall and add them together. Then do the same with the bottom wall. Once you have added each walls measurements check the totals to see if they match.

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