What You Can Expect When Designing with Northern Capital

We all want our kitchens to be both beautiful and functional. Working with a professional designer may seem daunting if it’s something you haven’t done before, but rest assured our designers will provide you with a design layout based on a detailed understanding of your needs, cabinet knowledge and expertise. We are not only interior designers but also general contractors with the tradespeople and suppliers to enable us to be your One Stop Shop for all your renovation and new build needs!

Assessing your current kitchen, both its positives and negatives provides your designer with invaluable information. How will you use your new kitchen? Is it a social gathering place for family and friends, an efficient cooking utility or both? Honest answers to these types of questions will suggest the functional capacities you require. Surprisingly, appliance selection is a critical initial step. An extra large refrigerator or wall ovens can dramatically impact space allocation throughout the room and providing these preferences to your designer early in the process is best. The more information you can provide, the more accurate the design will fit your needs. But if you don’t even know where to begin or what you want, we can help you get started. The earlier the design phase is started and the more time that is allocated generally means less headaches in the later phases of your project.

Here are SOME of the main points we will discuss with you during your initial meeting.

To learn more about these and get a copy of our the full list, book your appointment by contacting us at 250-564-6171 or email us at ncwpcabinetry@telus.net

  1. Dimensions of your space are required for planning and designing:
    • A detailed site measure generally takes 2 hours to complete. We also take several photographs for future reference and go over details covered in the initial meeting. You will still need to come to the store to select door styles and colours.
    • Alternatively, when you come in to see our showroom, you can bring in the dimensions of your space, including locations of existing appliances, outlets, windows and door jambs, plumbing pipes and ceiling heights. It is best to measure the back walls, not the front edge of cabinets.
    • We also ask for photos as a picture is worth a thousand words!
  1. Initial Meeting
    • You will meet with one of our kitchen/interior designers to review products that are available and will suit your needs/budget. Selection of door style, material, and colour is started at this point. Many questions are asked at this stage to determine what your wants and needs are for the space. The initial meeting is generally 2 hours and it is best if you can call to book an appointment in advance to ensure we are available.
    • Bring any inspirational images with you to help direct the designer in providing you with the best design that suits you. Houzz.com and Pinterest are a great resource of endless images.
    • Kitchens come in many shapes and sizes, and range from simple to luxurious. Sharing an initial budget outline with your designer tells them a lot about your project and the parameters they will be working within. When you outline your budget, be sure to factor in installation costs. Have a budget in mind of what you plan on investing in your project.
    • We can design kitchens to a cabinetry budget of $15,000 or less, to $60,000 or higher. It all depends on how you want the space to function and the materials and fixtures specified.
    • A rule of thumb is approximately 10% of the market value of your home should go to new kitchen cabinets (8%) and countertops (2%). This will give you a good return on your investment without overspending for your market. You don’t have to spend this much, but it gives a good starting place. Most kitchen renovations, all in, are generally a minimum of $30,000 for a small, simple project, to $50-60,000 for a typical project and upwards for larger spaces and scope of works.
    • Have a 10% contingency set aside, over and above the project value, for any unforeseen issues or changes you encounter.
  1. Timelines
    • From when you first come in to our showroom to when you get to enjoy your finished masterpiece expect 3-6 months to elapse at a minimum. As detailed below, this includes design and revisions to the plans, cabinet manufacturing time and renovation and/or installation times.
    • Generally speaking, expect to be without a fully functioning kitchen for 4-6 weeks.
  1. Design Review Meeting
    • Your preliminary design and quote are reviewed. These include perspective drawings to help you visualize the space.
  1. Sign off of Design & Cabinet Manufacturing
    • Upon satisfaction of your design we will do a final site measure and make any required adjustments to the design/price.
    • A 50% deposit of this invoice total is required to initiate manufacturing of cabinets and ordering of other materials.
    • Cabinet manufacturing can take approximately 5-8 weeks including shipping from the time the deposit has been received.
  1. Installation
    • If you have chosen our professional installation services we will schedule an installation date once confirmation of shipping has been received. Installation can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple weeks depending on the complexity of your design and the scope of work for your project.
  1. Countertops, tiles, flooring, hardware, faucets, etc.
    • We have a showroom full of design and construction materials, ready for you to choose from. Remember, we are your One-Stop Shop for all your Renovations and New Build Needs!
  1. Design Services & General Construction
    • We offer full design renovations and new home construction, including but not limited to drafting, demolition, framing, drywall, painting, siding, windows, hardwood flooring, floor and wall tile, and direct management of trades such as electrical and plumbing. Additional time in all phases is required with additional scopes of work.
    • Design & drafting services are available at an additional cost for such things as opening up or merging rooms, lighting layouts, paint colour and finishes selections, stair design, construction drawing sets, building permit submissions, etc.


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