At Kitchen EnCounters Inc. we take design & planning seriously. Our friendly staff is expert in every aspect of kitchen design; from the
smallest of upgrades to large scale remodeling and new construction projects...and everything in between.
We don’t stop there! Bath, bedroom, home office and other interior design spaces are our specialty too.
Stop in and discuss your dream designs and projects with us. We can help you get on track fast with our powerful design software, experienced
designers and a shared passion for quality, aesthetics and lasting satisfaction.
Your home is one of your most important investments and a reflection of your good taste. When you partner with Kitchen Encounters Inc. you get the best…guaranteed.
Planning For Success - Kitchens 101
Let us work with you through these important steps. Our goal is to make your new kitchen experience a satisfying one, meeting your design expectations, staying on budget and on time.
Establishing The Scope: Will your new kitchen fit within the footprint of the existing kitchen, or will an addition be necessary to meet your requirements?
If expansion into other spaces is necessary, will structural changes be required? An accurate assessment of the scope, will prevent costs from spiraling and
completion dates from stretching beyond reasonable limits.
Services Of An Outside Professional: Does the complexity of your project call for the help of an architect and/or an engineer? We've got your answer!
A Realistic Budget: It is vital to consider what you are able and willing to pay for your project and establish a budget as early as possible. Homeowners
frequently have unrealistic expectations about the costs of a kitchen remodeling. We make certain we understand what you expect to pay and steer you toward appropriate choices.
Planning For Function: Your family’s cooking style and any special requirements must be considered when planning your new kitchen. One of the most obvious
factors is whether or not your family plans to eat in the kitchen.
A Good Floor Plan: A close working relationship between the cook-top, sink, and refrigerator (known as the work triangle) is most important. The kitchen industry
standard calls for the legs of the work triangle to total 26 feet or less, with no single leg shorter than 4 feet or longer than 9 feet. When remodeling an
existing space, this is not always possible to achieve.
Ample Countertop Task Areas: Try to provide as much countertop space as possible around the sink, the cook-top, and next to the refrigerator and ovens, where
loading and unloading take place.
Appropriate Style: The style of the cabinetry and other materials should reflect as much as possible your taste and the existing design elements in your home.
Adequate Storage: Plan cabinet storage for your existing and anticipated tableware and cooking utensils. Are there special storage needs, such as a walk-in pantry, a
tall utility cabinet, or a feeding station for pets?
Cabinet Accessories: Items to consider include a shelf for a pop-up mixer, an appliance garage, a spice drawer, roll-out shelves vs. deep drawers, a recycling center, a trash compactor.
Practical Materials: Select durable, easy-to-maintain materials for their flooring, cabinets, counters, and backsplash areas. Our staff is expert with the traditional
and modern materials and can guide you through these decisions.
Appliances: If you require new appliances, we can assist your selection of those suited to your needs and budget. The choice of products available today means you have
more options than ever. We'll make sure your expectations are met.
Plumbing Fixtures: These also come in a range of finishes and colors with a variety of accessories, such as hot water dispensers. Our showroom has the widest range of
samples on display in the central Maine region, and we are happy to order samples if you are interested in particular item that we do not have.
Lighting: Task lights, usually under the upper cabinets, are needed as well as ceiling fixtures for general illumination. Let our designers help with this important design decision.
Our designers and sales team are anxious to learn what challenges and inspirations you have in store for them. Contact Us today and get your dream kitchen or project started.