Designing Your Project

Thorough planning of your project will greatly reduce mistakes, disappointments, and unexpected expenses.  Only by preparing a complete set of plans can you be sure that all of the costs are included in the price quotation by your contractor.  Mark Gentry is familiar with building codes and obtaining building permits to avoid unnecessary delays at this stage of your project.

Here are the steps that were taken to plan one project, a total kitchen remodel.

The first drawing shows the kitchen that was existing.  To enter the kitchen, you went down a hallway and turned left into the kitchen.  On the right side of the hallway was a pantry and a laundry area.  The kitchen was  functional but small.  The hallway and wall robbed the kitchen of  a lot of useful floor space.  Because you entered off a hall and between the refrigerator and a tall oven cabinet, it felt even more claustrophobic.

This drawing shows the new plan.  The hallway walls will be removed as well as the cabinets, appliances, and flooring.  Cabinets will be laid out to give a more open feeling while providing more storage.  The appliances will be upgraded to GE premium appliances and the laundry will be full size, quiet, stackable units in the corner.  The lighting will be changed to recessed lights in the ceiling and under-cabinet lights over the countertops.  Lastly, a new glass door will be installed to provide access to a rear deck.

This 3-D drawing is generated by the computer to provide an easier to understand view of the project.  Even clients who can read plans may welcome the clarity of a 3-D rendering of the proposed kitchen.

A few weeks later, with few surprises, the client was enjoying his brand new kitchen.