Preparing for a Design Meeting

What to do ahead of time:

  • Create an idea file. Take time to dream! Scroll through our gallery of photos, go looking on Pinterest, Better Homes & Gardens, or other places online, or flip through a magazine to get some ideas. Visit our showroom in Guelph, Ontario; browse and make notes on what you like. Gather all of your ideas in a binder or file folder.
  • Make your wish list. Spend an hour to write down what you love and hate about your current kitchen. Think about how you use your kitchen and what you’d like to be able to do in it. This will help the designer create a beautiful and functional space.
  • Gather any flooring, paint, or tile samples. This will help you choose cabinets and countertops with the designer.
  • Measure the height, width and depth of your appliances or ask your appliance sales person for detailed specifications. Don’t print appliance specifications online; one different letter in an appliance code may change the model. Make sure you have the right measurements.
  • Decide on your budget. The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) recommends that a kitchen should reflect 5% and a bathroom 2% of the value of a home. Realtors advise that kitchen and bath renovations increase the value of a home more than any other type of improvement.
  • Book a design appointment. Once you know what you want, contact a Bamco designer to schedule an appointment. You should plan to spend at least two hours with the designer.

What to bring:

  • A floor plan of your kitchen or bathroom.
  • Your idea file and wish list
  • Your samples
  • Your budget. Openly discuss your budget with the designer so that we can help you make the right choices for your situation.
  • Appliance measurements
  • A note pad and pen. You may have homework.