How the Design Process Works

So, you’ve decided it’s time to transform your kitchen or bathroom, but where do you begin?

The Initial Consultation

The journey starts with a crucial step: the initial consultation. Whether you already have a vision in mind, drawn from Pinterest boards or inspirations from friends’ kitchens, or you’re starting with a blank slate, we’ve got you covered. Kopke Designer Jeffrey Fresch says that “about 50% of people know what direction they want to go at the first consultation, but 50% do not”. Our first meeting kicks off with a PowerPoint presentation showcasing a spectrum of styles to help you hone in on your preferences. And for those who aren’t quite sure what they want, that’s perfectly fine! We find that everyone knows what they don’t like, which is just as valuable in steering us in the right direction.

The Selection Process

Next comes the exciting part – selections! With a plethora of choices ranging from backsplash grout to cabinet styles and wood species, we guide you through every step of the decision-making process. If your kitchen is a relic of the 80’s and you’re contemplating a transition to either a traditional or modern aesthetic, we’ll help you navigate towards a style that resonates with you.

We understand that the kitchen is the heart of any home, where loved ones naturally gather. So, functionality is key. We work closely with you to ensure that your kitchen not only looks stunning but also functions seamlessly to meet your needs.

Between appointments, many clients take to platforms like Pinterest and Google to gather inspiration, saving images of kitchens or bathrooms they like. Armed with these ideas, we reconvene at our showroom for the next stage.

Showroom Visit

In our showroom, the possibilities are endless. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to hand-pick every element of your dream kitchen. From cabinets to countertops, backsplashes to flooring, our comprehensive selection ensures that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. What sets us apart is that everything you see is readily available – and if by chance an item is discontinued, we remove it from our inventory. Most of what we offer is not available to the public, so you get higher quality materials and the ability to take advantage of our discounts.

Visualizing Your Vision

Enter the Kopke Robot – our innovative tool that allows you to visualize how your chosen cabinet color, countertop, backsplash, and flooring will look together. It’s creativity on wheels, empowering you to make informed decisions about your kitchen design. “I’ve had people take 20 minutes to pick out bathroom selections, and I’ve had people take 4 hours to pick out their bathroom selections. There’s no right or wrong way to do it” says Fresch. Whether you’re a quick decision-maker or prefer to take your time, we won’t make you feel pressured. We typically start with cabinet style and color, then move on to countertops, which, along with cabinets, constitute a significant portion of your kitchen budget. “We want you to fall in love with your cabinets and countertop, and then find a backsplash and floor that compliments those” explains Fresch. Backsplash, while important, is viewed as an accent piece that can always be changed later.

Finishing Touches

Once cabinets, countertops, backsplash and flooring are chosen, we move on to lighting and plumbing fixtures. For these, we recommend Ferguson for their superior quality – a worthy investment for long-lasting appeal. We also have a selection sheet to make sure we go over all your needs and wants and make sure nothing is left out. Microwave placement, dishwasher, can lights, pendant lights, plugs, garbage disposal, wall oven, hood vent, under cabinet lighting, wood species, staining, painting, countertop edge, crown molding, base molding, doors, Schluter, tile patterns, floor patterns/direction, lazy susans, islands, trash pullouts, spice racks, cookie sheet pullouts, this selection sheet covers every possible detail.

To further enhance your experience, we offer CAD options to bring your color selections and kitchen layout to life on the big screen, allowing you to see your vision in vivid detail.

Hopefully now you are less anxious about beginning the design process for your next Kitchen or Bathroom remodel! We really do our best to make it easy and enjoyable. Give us a call to set up your initial consultation, and I’ll see you here at the Showroom in a week or so! 586-777-6633