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Tips for Kitchen Design

Our advanced 3d Design software is intended to allow you to explore different kitchen design options for your new kitchen and to experiment with materials and styles of furniture to help you get the look you want for your home.

We recommend talking to your design experts at Calgary's NUVO Cabinets and Stones where they will share ideas that you may not have considered with your design ideas. Their advice is free and it could save you $1000’s and can keep you from making costly mistakes!

Kitchen 3D Design

Maybe you spend lots of time daydreaming about the creation of your dream kitchen.  You have watched hours of HGTV and read many design magazines, so You have plenty of ideas, but you still wonder, about "these cabinets or those, that floor or this countertop” Perhaps you want to make the most efficient use of space in your home, but you just can’t envision that office, entertainment or storage area. Maybe you know your bathroom is outdated, but you’re somewhat uninspired and need a place to start… If ever you have wished for a way to see the outcome of a remodeling project before you even begin, NUVO Cabinets and Stones offers the perfect service to you.

We use an advanced 3D design system which allows you to view what your room will look like after it is finished. This is a great way to experiment with different kitchen designs, make alterations, and highlight stylistic elements. We want to assure our customers are satisfied with the outcome, so our 3D system is a helpful guide throughout the process.

Steps to prepare for designing your new kitchen design

Measure your room

To begin, very carefully measure the space where you are going to install your kitchen, remembering that walls are not always square and floors are not always level. You should take the measurements in millimeters. Remember also to record the position and size of all doors and locations of windows (including their height from the floor). Also note the position of other “fixed” items such as radiators, sockets and switches, gas supply and waste location, unless of course, you plan to completely remodel your kitchen or fit it into a new extension to your home.

Planning your kitchen

Naturally, this depends upon the amount of space you have, how you want to use the kitchen and how much money you want to spend, so by speaking to your local NUVO Cabinets and Stones branch they can advise and guide you through the vast range of products that is available in the marketplace today. There is no piece of kitchen computer software anywhere that encompasses every single type of new kitchen unit, kitchen door, appliances and sinks so a quick chat to your local design team experts will help you through this process.

Location of services

Check the position of your services; electricity, gas, waste etc and that your new units will not obstruct them (for example, can you get to turn off a radiator or is the stop tap accessible). Check that the sink, waste disposal etc are within easy reach of the waste outlet, unless you plan to move it.

Designing your new kitchen

We begin by drawing your room and putting in windows, doors and locating service etc. At this stage don’t worry about the room finishes or the style or colour of the kitchen furniture you are going to use. You can do that in 3D when you have done the kitchen layout.

Next you should layout the units you want in your kitchen. Select the kitchen catalogue. This catalogue contains general types of kitchen units which are not specific to any manufacturer but are intended to give you an impression of how your new kitchen will look.

We recommend that you start by adding base units. If you are designing an L or U shaped layout you should start by positioning a corner base unit and working out from there. This gives you a better idea of how units will fit together. You can use some of our sample layouts Dream Doors have provided as guides. At any time in your  kitchen design process you can walk through your new kitchen in 3D then continue to make changes until you are happy.

Fitting things in

If it is practical and you have enough space to do it, fitting a kitchen made from straight runs is far easier than ones where you have to fit around corners to make L or U shaped kitchen constructions. Of course this is not always possible but it does avoid the problem of wasted space in corners (and corner units and their accessories often cost more) and the more costly exercise of making joints in worktops. You also need to bear in mind that corners are probably never at right angles, so when fitting units into a corner, take into account that the units next to the corner may have to be “adjusted” in order to make them fit. In particular if you are fitting units along a wall which lies between two other walls don’t fit the units in too tightly. Allow a tolerance at the ends so adjustments can be made and any gaps at the ends taken up with filler panels when everything is finally positioned.

Fitting Countertops

All Countertops can be installed by a NUVO Cabinets and Stones professional. Materials such as granite are very specialized and are always fitted by craftsman. Laminate work surfaces can be installed by the DIY enthusiast in most cases. Laminate benchtops can be cut with a fined toothed saw but for best results the cut ends should be finished with a router and sealed. Laminate worktops are usually supplied with a length of edging strip which you should glue (with contact adhesive) onto any cut edges which can be seen. All cut edges should be sealed with PVA adhesive or tape to prevent damp penetration.

Remember also that access for delivering worktops can be a problem. In some cases, for example, it may be physically impossible to manoeuver a long length of heavy material through a confined access to a kitchen, especially if stairs are involved! In this case it may be necessary to cut the long length into more manageable sizes and joint them when they are in place. When designing your kitchen you should bear this in mind when thinking about a long run of units.

Island Cabinets

Island units can be a great design idea providing that you have space to get around them. In practice you probably need at least 1 meter space on all sides. If you plan to include sinks or hobs in the island make sure that you have access for services and waste to get to the island which is probably not easy unless you plan an extensive renovation.

The new kitchen renovation design plan will be saved so If you need to make future changes to the kitchen design plan you can re-open the saved design and make any new alterations. This process can be repeated by you if you want to save a selection of designs until you feel it is right for you.


The 3D Design system provides a true to life rendering of

  • cabinets
  • flooring
  • appliances
  • fixtures
  • hardware
  • accessories

You want to be confident that you are making the right choices for your beloved home. Now with the help of this powerful visual aide, it is possible to…

  • compare and contrast and make changes in real time
  • view colors and materials before making a final decision
  • mix and match and preview till your hearts content

Our talented crew of designers will also be able to offer suggestions regarding additional storage solutions. With a picture of your final product before us, we can also accurately assess an estimate of cost ahead of time. With our practical and efficient software, there will be no big surprises, just big home improvements. The benefits of this 3D system are multifaceted and at your fingertips… so are your remodeling options!

Talk to us and we can help you see your kitchen and home remodeling ideas virtually come to life!

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