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FROM INSPIRATIONTO INSTALLATIONHD2010_Cov_wp:Layout 1 12/30/09 3:59 PM Page 2CONTACT PHONE NUMBERS AND/OR EMAIL ADDRESSESGET STARTED TODAY.Three ways to make an appointment for Kitchens and/or Countertops:• See an associate• Visit homedepot.com/getstarted• Call 1-877-979-6683
ask about guaranteed* installation33TABLE OF CONTENTSThinking ahead4Assessing your needs6Five basic layouts6Quick kitchen quiz8Determiningyour budget10Finding your style12Traditional13Contemporary14Casual15Selecting the materials16Cabinetry16 Countertops20Sinks24Faucets25Appliances26Cooktops28Ranges29Hoods29Refrigerators30Dishwashers31Flooring32Windows/Paint33Lighting33Keeping track34Installation services & delivery36More saving. More doing.SMNo matter what you’re looking to do in your kitchen, you’ll find what you need at TheHome Depot at affordable prices. Instead ofgoing from store to store or flipping throughcatalogs, you’ll be ableto find the best brandsall in one place; likeThomasville cabinetry,Silestone countertops,Maytag appliances andmore. We also offer freedesign services toguide you through theplanning and design process to help youcreate the perfect kitchen. So when it’s time to create your next kitchen, come to The Home Depot first. The Home Depot is a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association(NKBA), dedicated to promoting professionalism as well as providingleadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.ask about guaranteed* installation®HD2010_EngText_wp:Layout 1 1/7/10 3:41 PM Page 3
MORE STORAGESure, you can visualize your next kitchen. But have you really thoughtabout what will go into it? With a little imagination — and a lot of thinking you can create a kitchen that’s easy to love. And easier to live in. APPROACHING YOUR PROJECTCan’t wait to renovate your kitchen? Planning is the one thing youwon’t want to rush. We suggest keeping a journal to record how your kitchen is used overa period of several weeks. Is a shortage of space forcing you to getcreative with food storage? Do you need a traffic cop to get people inand out? Once you realize what your needs are, you’ll be able to thinkof creative ways to satisfy them.Of course, while understanding your needs is important, there may besome things you just want. Some you may already know about, othersmay not be as obvious. That’s why looking through magazines,watching home design shows and talking with friends about theirremodels are all good starting points.Finally, it’s important to be realistic. If something should go wrong,don’t let it dampen your excitement. Like they say, you have to break afew eggs to make an omelet. And this is a kitchen we’re talking about.MORE OPTIONSBETTER HARDWAREBETTER APPLIANCESWHATTO EXPECTWhile home improvement shows would have you think everything can be done in a weekend, theaverage remodel takes a little longer. Here’s how it really happens.Pre-planning Determine your likes and dislikes Develop ideas and review trends Make preliminary product selections Measure and make a rough sketch of your existing kitchen Formulate a budget and research financingSchedule an initial kitchen appointment Visit homedepot.com/getstarted or see a store associate. OR Call 1-877-979-6683 to schedule a professional measurementDesign creation Brainstorm with a kitchen associate Review preliminary drawings Discuss features and benefits of Home Depot’s Installation Services Site evaluation by a Home Depotrepresentative Finalize product selectionsSTEP 1STEP 2STEP 3THINKING AHEAD.visit us online @ homedepot.com/kitchens4HD2010_EngText_wp:Layout 1 12/30/09 3:26 PM Page 4
MAKINGYOURKITCHENFROM SCRATCHDon't want your kitchen to turn out half baked? Followthese tips to ensure your renovation goes as smoothly as possible. Have you thought about everything?You’d be amazed at what people forget once the processgets going. Before you sign off on a design plan and orderyour materials, step back and take a moment to revieweverything. Is there a certain time you need your kitchen by?Depending on the size and scope of your remodel, itcould take weeks or months to complete. Think about thisas you decide when to start your project. If you alwayshost a large holiday party, plan well in advance of this. Are you truly ready to begin?Before your renovation can start, you’ll need to confirmthat all the materials you’ve ordered have arrived. Doingso will help you notice missing items or if the wrong thingwas shipped. Do you have a contingency plan?It sounds silly, but a lot of people don’t plan where they’regoing to eat while their new kitchen is being installed. Werecommend setting up a temporary kitchen in your diningroom. Having a microwave, toaster oven and other smallappliances around will help get you through the transition.Design finalization Review and approve final drawings Submit product order Finalize payment arrangements Verify design and measurements with a Home Depot representative Create tentative project schedulePreparation & renovation Locate a large area to store products prior to and during remodel Inspect items as they arrive Empty cabinets, clear area and get it ready for remodel Create a temporary kitchen to use during construction Confirm start date with the installerCompletion (Installation services only) A team of licensed††and insuredprofessionals will install your new kitchen Thorough clean up of job site upon completion Final walk through with the installer Enjoy your new kitchenApplies only if using The Home Depot installationservices. ††where applicable STEP 4STEP 6STEP 5ask about guaranteed* installation5HD2010_EngText_wp:Layout 1 12/30/09 3:26 PM Page 5
There are many ways to design a kitchen. Not all of them are the rightway. That’s why the best solutions do more than fit your needs. They also fit your space. Every kitchen has three hubs of activity. Can you guess them? First,you have your food storage center. Then you have the cooking center.And finally there’s the clean-up center.The food storage center is just a designer’s term for your refrigerator,freezer and pantry. If you’re looking for your new kitchen to be practicalas well as beautiful, we recommend placing your food storage centeras closely as possible to your kitchen’s entry. Follow our advice andyou’ll have a shorter distance to walk with heavy grocery bags. On a related note, we suggest placing the components of your cookingcenter near each other. For example, by having your range and cookware in the same area, you’ll not only save a step, but you’ll savetime, too.You’ll also want to think about the placement of your clean-up center.A common practice is to place your dishwasher in close proximity toyour sink and disposal so dirty dishes and glasses won’t have far to travel.Now that you know a little about your work centers and where to placethem, it’s time to think about how your kitchen should be laid out. All inall, there are five common designs. For more information on each ofthem, refer to the diagrams below. THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COMENo, the work triangle isn’t somemysterious corner of your kitchen wherethings disappear and are never seenagain. It’s the area where you spend mostof your time preparing meals. Your sink,range and refrigerator usually representthe three points of the triangle. The sumof these three sides should be no morethan 26 feet. If the total is less, yourappliances are too close. If the sum ismore, they’re too far away. So before youfinalize your room redesign, make sure it gives you the right amount of room. One wall or single wall A one-wall or single-wall kitchen has all its workcenters along one wall. This is the least efficientplan, but a necessity in smaller homes andapartments where space is limited. Corridor or galleySimilar to the one-wall plan, but better suited forcooking, is the corridor or galley plan. It offers anefficient workspace for the single cook, grouping work centers on parallel walls. This plan,however, is less than ideal for households withmultiple cooks. Expect lots of bumping andmaneuvering in a galley kitchen.THE WORKTRIANGLEASSESSING YOUR NEEDS.visit us online @ homedepot.com/kitchens6HD2010_EngText_wp:Layout 1 1/6/10 4:28 PM Page 6
KITCHENSFOR ALLThe benefits of Universal DesignHave you thought about the needs of those who’ll use yourkitchen? Not just yourself, but your family, guests and eventhose who may own your house after you? If you haven’t, you should.This practice is called Universal Design and it strives to makeall elements and spaces in a room more user friendly – for asmany different people as possible. Universal Designemphasizes making your kitchen accessible to young children,elderly parents and a variety of guests. For example, make “traffic lanes” such as hallways anddoorways extra wide. Doing so will accommodate unexpectedfuture needs, like twins in a double stroller or perhaps yourselfon crutches. It will also allow you to easily get furniture andappliances in and out of the room. Other aspects of UniversalDesign include utilizing slide-out storage systems so users ofall heights can access the contents, as well as varying theheights of work surfaces and countertops to accommodatedifferent tasks and different people. Fortunately, the cost of implementing Universal Design isusually negligible and it could increase your home’s value. To find out more, ask your designer for details.RECOMMENDED HEIGHTSCounter heights34" – 36" HDining surfaces30" HBar counters36" – 42" HWork surfaces42" – 48" HStorage access15" – 48" HU-shapedIf you could use more space, consider a U-shaped plan. It’s perfect for one or more cooks.A common characteristic of this design is acontinuous work area. The cook is surroundedby countertops on all three sides, makingeverything within reach. This layout allowsothers to pass by the kitchen withoutinterrupting cooking. L-shapedThe L-shaped kitchen has a definite advantage over U-shaped kitchens thanks to a moregenerous amount of counter space. With workcenters on two adjacent walls, people cancome in and out without even entering the workarea. Add an island and you’ll encourageinteraction between cooks and guests whilegaining another work surface. G-shapedThe G-shaped kitchen is really only amodification of the U-shaped design. It simplyadds an extra wall of cabinets and appliancesor a fourth partial wall. To keep you from feelingtoo closed in, open up one or two of thecabinet sections to adjacent spaces. When youdo so, you’ll have a kitchen that’s spacious inevery sense of the word. ask about guaranteed* installation7HD2010_EngText_wp:Layout 1 12/30/09 3:27 PM Page 7