Planning Your Project

Home Improvement Process

  1. Gather a scrapbook of notes, photos, and articles that you have collected.
  2. Get together with your family and ask them for their input and wish lists.
  3. Come up with a budget you can live with.
  4. Draw a rough sketch of your floor plan and take measurements (or, if building, get floor plan from architect or builder).
  5. If you would like, print and fill out, the Kitchen Planning Guide.
  6. Call us to make an appointment, or stop into our showroom.

The first time you stop into our showroom we will . . .

  1. Answer any questions you may have.
  2. Review and/or assist you in establishing a budget.
  3. Discuss your scrapbook of ideas (if you have one).
  4. Discuss your floor plan (if you have one) and go over some design ideas.
  5. Discuss your plans for utilizing the room you will be remodeling.

  1. We will come to your home and take measurements. This service is free of charge.
  2. We will create a design, and draft perspectives, elevations, and a floor plan, although all designs remain Penterman Kitchen’s property until a deposit has been placed.
  3. We will provide you with a price.
  4. We will set up a meeting for you to discuss the design and pricing and discuss any potential modifications you would like to make.

  1. If necessary, we will make arrangements with your builder, architect, and/or designer to coordinate the installation.
  2. If necessary, we will remove your existing cabinetry and countertops. We do not remove appliances.
  3. To ensure a quality installation, we will meet the installer at your home to discuss the details of your plan and installation.

Remodeling Tips

  • Cover doorways into other rooms with plastic.
  • Pack everything that won’t be needed into boxes. This will keep things dust-free.
  • Keep essential items handy: basic food that can be microwaved, condiments, cereal, microwave-safe dishes and utensils, dishcloths, dishwasher soap, paper plates and cups, coffee, coffee pot and sugar/creamer, paper towels, napkins, and garbage bags.
  • You will be without water in the kitchen for a short time. You may need to do dishes in another sink or the bathtub for awhile.
  • Many contractors will wait until cabinets have arrived before tearing out your current cabinets. Be sure to clarify this point with your contractor.
  • Set up the microwave and refrigerator in another area, along with a table for preparation.
  • Stockpile restaurant coupons for the nights when you really want to eat out.
  • Relax and rely on your kitchen designer. There will be a beautiful kitchen when all the dust is gone!

Measuring For Your New Kitchen

Below is a step-by-step guide for drawing and measuring your kitchen. Each step is color coded and matches the corresponding color in the sample drawing below.


  • If you are remodeling, do not include current cabinetry or other furniture that will not be kept, such as kitchen tables, in your measurements.
  • All of your measurements should be in inches. For example, if you measure a wall that is 10 feet, write it as 120″ (a quotation mark (“) denotes inches).

(Steps 1 & 4 are indicated in BLACK on the drawing)

Draw a rough outline of your kitchen. Use the following symbols in your drawing for doors and windows.


Note: For doorways with doors, draw the doorway according to which way the door swings.


(This step is indicated in RED on the drawing)

Draw in any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, sink plumbing, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved.


(This step is indicated in BLUE on the drawing)

A) Beginning at the top left corner of your drawing measure to the first window, door, or wall. Continue clockwise around the room until each wall, window and door has been measured. Note: When measuring doors and windows the trim is considered part of the door or window. As shown in the drawing, measure from the outside of the trim on one side to the outside of the trim on the other side.

B) Measure the ceiling height and write it in the center of your drawing. Sometimes, especially with older homes, it is a good idea to take measurements in a few different areas of the kitchen. Ceiling heights, even in the same room, can sometimes vary by as much as a few inches.

C) As shown in the drawing, measure from the floor to the bottom of each window and also measure the overall window height.



(Steps 1 & 4 are indicated in BLACK on the drawing)

A) Beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the windows “Window #1”, “Window #2”, etc. in a clockwise order.

B) Again, beginning at the top left of your drawing, label the doors “Door #1”, “Door #2”, etc. in a clockwise order.

C) Next to each wall, write the name of the adjacent room. If the wall is an “outside wall” write “exterior wall.”


(This step is indicated in PURPLE on the drawing)

A) Measure any obstructions such as radiators, pipes, etc. that you either can not, or do not, want moved. If the obstruction is close to a wall, measure out from the wall to the edge of the obstruction.

B) Measure from the second closest wall to the edge of the obstruction.

C) If the obstruction does not span the full height of the room, measure the height of the obstruction.


Check your measurements. If your room is rectangular add up the measurements of the parallel walls and make sure they match (or are at least very close). For example, in our sample drawing, you would take the overall measurements of the top wall and add them together. Then do the same with the bottom wall. Once you have added each wall’s measurements check the totals to see if they match.

Top Wall:24″ + 42″ + 24″ + 12″ + 42″ + 12″ = 156″
Bottom Wall:12″ + 40″ + 104″ = 156″
Left Wall:21″ + 42″ + 52″ = 115″
Right Wall:18″ + 97″ = 115″