Accurate measuring is a critical step in the remodeling process. Measurement errors are a source of significant delays and costly overruns. Obtaining a professional measurement of your space is highly recommended—talk to your designer for more details.
Before your Kitchen Hill Design Specialist can begin to design your new space and help you select your cabinetry and appliances, they will need to know the size of your space and the important construction details.
This guide walks you through the five easy steps to create drawings and provide the information necessary for your kitchen designer to start the design process:
Creating A Floor Plan Drawing
A Floor Plan is a "bird's eye" view of the whole room, showing all four walls and the location of important utilities.
Start with your wall drawings
Start your Floor Plan with Wall A, the sink wall. Then go clockwise around the room with walls B, C, and D. Mark the locations of openings and fixtures along the wall segments.
Locate ceiling lights and other fixtures
Measure in two directions to locate the center of ceiling lights, fans, air vents, and any other fixtures in the floor or ceiling.
Locate islands and peninsulas
If there is an existing island or peninsula, mark its size and location. Mark any outlets or utilities coming to these structures.
Always double-check your measurements!
The total of your wall segments must equal your overall wall length.
Example: 62-1/2 in. + 36 in. + 39-3/4 in. = 138-1/4 in.
Transfer measurements to grid
Transfer all of your measurements to the grid pages in this guide following the example below.
It is more important to write down the exact measurements than to draw the floor plan to scale.
Creating Wall Elevation Drawings
Elevation drawings are a straight-on view of each wall, with all the features measured vertically and horizontally, placing them on the wall space. This helps your designer locate your new cabinets and appliances along your walls.
Start with the sink wall, go clockwise from there
Start measuring your room with the sink wall. Label this Wall A. Then go clockwise around your room, labeling the walls B, C, and D.
Draw a rough sketch
Start by drawing a rough sketch (or two!) of each wall on a separate sheet of paper.
Measure the width of the wall
Measure the full width of each wall, beginning in the left corner. Check the width at two locations, 6 inches above the finished floor and 6 inches below the ceiling. Use the smallest dimension.
Measure the height of the wall
Measure the full height of each wall, beginning in the left corner. Check the height at two other locations. Use the smallest dimension.
Locate the openings
Measure to the outside edge of the trim. Then measure from the outside trim edge to the next opening, or to the far wall. Follow the measuring tips on page 2 to capture all the important details about windows and doors.
Locate fixtures and utilities
Measure horizontally to the center of outlets, switches, water lines and other utilities. Also measure the distance of these items from the floor. If there are HVAC wall vents, mark their location and size. Follow the measuring tips on page 3 for accuracy.
Transfer measurements to grid
Transfer all of your measurements to the grid pages in this guide. Label your drawings Wall A, Wall B, Wall C and Wall D. Then begin the Floor Plan Drawing.
Entrances and access
To make sure your new products fit through doorways into your space, record the actual openings for doors and hallways.
A soffit, also called a bulkhead, is a wall section that is built out at the ceiling level, usually in the area above wall cabinets.
WARNING: Soffits typically contain electrical and plumbing elements that can’t be relocated. Consult a professional on your remodel.
Appliance dimensions are critical to the overall fit of all kitchen components. Whether you are buying new appliances or using existing ones, provide the dimensions for each appliance in your kitchen. Door hinges and handles can obstruct surrounding cabinets and must be factored into the design. Whenever possible, provide brand, model and spec sheets for appliances.
- Cooktop / Rangetop
- Wall Oven
- Beverage Cooler
- Ice Maker
- Warming Drawer
It’s Important to Visit Our ShowroomWhen you come into the showroom, your designer will have questions to ask you. Please take the time to look at the following options. It will play a big part in determining your final price.
- Cabinet Door Material & Style Finish
- Cabinet Interior Construction
- Drawer Type
- Moldings (Crown & Light Valance)
- Island Details
- Decorative Details
- Countertop Material
- Hardware Selections