Kitchen Planner and Design Tools

  • INTRODUCTION: GETTING STARTED

    With all the activities that take place in this most important room, it makes sense to put careful thought into the planning, design and décor of your dream kitchen.

    • Evaluate Your Needs

      Evaluate Your Needs

      Start by critiquing the kitchen you have right now. What do you love? What does it lack? What would you change? Do you need more space? Do the appliances meet your needs? Think about how you would use your kitchen if it were different.
    • Get Inspired & Select Your Design

      TAKE THE QUIZ

      Take our quiz to receive a customized kitchen project plan based on your responses.

    • Details, Budget & Hiring

      GET INSPIRED & PLAN YOUR DREAM KITCHEN

      Walkthrough each section of this planning guide to get inspired, find your style and discover more about your dream kitchen. Get expert advice on budgeting and hiring professionals.
  • STEP 1: TAKE THE QUIZ


    What best describes your kitchen project? (select one)
    What is the approximate budget for your kitchen project?
    What is the status of your kitchen project?
    Are you planning to change your current kitchen floorplan?
    Are you planning to replace appliances?
    Which of these appliance features are most important to you? (check all that apply)
    Professional Results
    • To achieve professional results, you must have precision and control. Thermador’s exclusive Star® Burner’s unique shape isn’t just for show. The star delivers superior flame spread and a reduced cold spot for faster and more even heating across any size pan. Thermador’s exclusive ExtraLow® feature provides the widest variety of temperature control of any simmer system. It cycles the Star Burner on and off to maintain temperatures as low as 100°. Perfect for simmering delicate sauces or keeping food warm without scorching or stirring.
    • Maxbroil™, our exclusive 5,000-watt, 12-pass broil element, is the most powerful on the market, allowing you to broil even the largest dishes more evenly for perfect results every time.
    • No true cook’s kitchen is truly complete without the power of steam. And no steam oven is complete without the power of convection. You’ll find both in Thermador’s Steam & Convection Oven. Defrost, steam, proof, bake, slow cook and reheat—the oven’s performance and flexibility are unmatched. More importantly, the Steam & Convection Oven provides unrivaled taste, texture and quality. And it’s healthier, too, helping your food retain more of its essential vitamins and nutrients. One use of the Steam & Convection Oven and you’ll wonder how you ever did without steam.
    Convenience
    • Thermador Masterpiece® Series Electric and Induction Cooktops feature CookSmart® Technology so you’ll never need to guess at cooking time or temperature again. With 9 pre-programmed modes and 5 different temperature levels, you’ll get perfect results every time you cook. Cooking modes include pasta, potatoes, rice, dumplings, vegetables, sausages, milk, rice pudding, and deep frying.
    • The Thermador Convection Microwave combines a convection oven with a microwave oven to give you the best of both worlds. Use it in microwave mode for fast heating, or in convection mode as an extra oven.
    • Thermador Masterpiece Series Built-In Ovens with Speed Convection offer a 30% reduction in cooking time and feature 14 advanced cooking modes as unique as the recipes you plan on creating. These include True Convection, Bake, Broil, Roast, Dehydrate, Speed Convection, EasyCook and many more, giving you the freedom and convenience to cook any way you choose.
    • Cooking convenience is having gourmet recipes right at your fingertips but with the ability to prepare them fast and conveniently. Thermador Masterpiece Series Built-in Ovens feature EasyCook, 20 pre-programmed recipes based on food type and weight. It’s like having a sous-chef in the kitchen with you.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Hand Wash Program that gently cleans delicate or lightly soiled dishes so you don’t need to wash them by hand.
    Easy Clean Up
    • In just 2 hours, the interior walls and racks supports in Thermador Built-in Ovens become perfectly clean, thanks to the fastest self cleaning cycle on the market.
    • The Quick Clean Base™ on Thermador Pro Harmony® Ranges has been crafted for perfect integration and easy cleanup. A hand and sponge fit easily under each burner to wipe the surface clean and a teardrop emboss reduces food buildup near the base.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Power Wash™ option that combines powerful water pressure with increased water temperature to deliver the ultimate in heavy-duty washing performance throughout the dishwasher.
    Saves Time
    • Thermador Masterpiece Series Induction Cooktops feature the most powerful element in the industry. The Powerboost™ element boosts output from 3,600 to 4,600 watts—perfect for bringing foods to the desired temperature in the shortest time possible.
    • Thermador’s exclusive Superfast Preheat preheats your oven in approximately seven minutes. So time in the kitchen is spent creating, not waiting.
    • In just 2 hours, the interior walls and rack supports in Thermador Built-in Ovens become perfectly clean, thanks to the fastest self cleaning cycle on the market.
    • When dinner time is approaching and you still need to defrost the main course, a Thermador Built-in Microwave is invaluable. The Quick Defrost feature lets you defrost meat, poultry and seafood simply be entering the weight.
    • Thermador Masterpiece Built-in Ovens with Speed Convection can reduce cooking times by 30% so your creations are cooked evenly, perfectly and in less time than ever before.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Quick Clean cycle that washes the load more quickly when you’re in a rush.
    Flexibility
    • Thermador‘s ingenious Freedom® Collection lets you take your kitchen designs beyond anything you‘ve ever imagined. The possibilities are endless with a unique modular construction and built-in fresh food, freezer, bottom-freezer and wine preservation columns in multiple widths ranging from 18-inch to 36-inch. All columns are stand-alone, independent units—use your imagination to integrate them into your kitchen as single columns or as a side-by-side combination of any desired configuration. It‘s complete freedom of choice—and freedom of kitchen design.
    • Flexibility is power. That’s why Thermador offers completely modular Combination Built-in Ovens. Whether you desire a convection microwave with your oven, or both an oven and warming drawer, these products make your kitchen the model of elegance and practicality.
    • Thermador Ranges and Rangetops offer complete flexibility with a range of optional accessories that let you customize your cooktop to match the way you cook. Whether you need a griddle or a grill, a wok ring or a chopping block, Thermador delivers with remarkable flexibility.
    • Thermador Dishwashers provide interior flexibility for all your cleanup needs. The top rack removes allowing you to wash very large items and the Extra-Tall-Item™ Sprinkler cleans items up to 22-inchs tall, such as platters and baking sheets.

    With Thermador appliances, you’ll never need to make compromises. From introducing the first built-in wall oven over 50 years ago to redefining gas cooktops with our patented Star® burner, Thermador’s thinking breaks both convention and performance limits. Our history of innovation also includes the first downdraft ventilation, first sealed electric cooktop and first Speedcooking oven. But we are not defined by innovation for innovations sake. Our handcrafted appliances and their every feature and control are designed to make cooking easier, better and more rewarding. We are hotter, cooler, faster and better than every other luxury appliance brand. For those that truly love to cook, Thermador is the true kitchen leader.

    Professional Results
    • To achieve professional results, you must have precision and control. Thermador’s exclusive Star® Burner’s unique shape isn’t just for show. The star delivers superior flame spread and a reduced cold spot for faster and more even heating across any size pan. Thermador’s exclusive ExtraLow® feature provides the widest variety of temperature control of any simmer system. It cycles the Star Burner on and off to maintain temperatures as low as 100°. Perfect for simmering delicate sauces or keeping food warm without scorching or stirring.
    • Maxbroil™, our exclusive 5,000-watt, 12-pass broil element, is the most powerful on the market, allowing you to broil even the largest dishes more evenly for perfect results every time.
    • No true cook’s kitchen is truly complete without the power of steam. And no steam oven is complete without the power of convection. You’ll find both in Thermador’s Steam & Convection Oven. Defrost, steam, proof, bake, slow cook and reheat—the oven’s performance and flexibility are unmatched. More importantly, the Steam & Convection Oven provides unrivaled taste, texture and quality. And it’s healthier, too, helping your food retain more of its essential vitamins and nutrients. One use of the Steam & Convection Oven and you’ll wonder how you ever did without steam.
    Convenience
    • Thermador Masterpiece® Series Electric and Induction Cooktops feature CookSmart® Technology so you’ll never need to guess at cooking time or temperature again. With 9 pre-programmed modes and 5 different temperature levels, you’ll get perfect results every time you cook. Cooking modes include pasta, potatoes, rice, dumplings, vegetables, sausages, milk, rice pudding, and deep frying.
    • The Thermador Convection Microwave combines a convection oven with a microwave oven to give you the best of both worlds. Use it in microwave mode for fast heating, or in convection mode as an extra oven.
    • Thermador Masterpiece Series Built-In Ovens with Speed Convection offer a 30% reduction in cooking time and feature 14 advanced cooking modes as unique as the recipes you plan on creating. These include True Convection, Bake, Broil, Roast, Dehydrate, Speed Convection, EasyCook and many more, giving you the freedom and convenience to cook any way you choose.
    • Cooking convenience is having gourmet recipes right at your fingertips but with the ability to prepare them fast and conveniently. Thermador Masterpiece Series Built-in Ovens feature EasyCook, 20 pre-programmed recipes based on food type and weight. It’s like having a sous-chef in the kitchen with you.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Hand Wash Program that gently cleans delicate or lightly soiled dishes so you don’t need to wash them by hand.
    Easy Clean Up
    • In just 2 hours, the interior walls and racks supports in Thermador Built-in Ovens become perfectly clean, thanks to the fastest self cleaning cycle on the market.
    • The Quick Clean Base™ on Thermador Pro Harmony® Ranges has been crafted for perfect integration and easy cleanup. A hand and sponge fit easily under each burner to wipe the surface clean and a teardrop emboss reduces food buildup near the base.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Power Wash™ option that combines powerful water pressure with increased water temperature to deliver the ultimate in heavy-duty washing performance throughout the dishwasher.
    Saves Time
    • Thermador Masterpiece Series Induction Cooktops feature the most powerful element in the industry. The Powerboost™ element boosts output from 3,600 to 4,600 watts—perfect for bringing foods to the desired temperature in the shortest time possible.
    • Thermador’s exclusive Superfast Preheat preheats your oven in approximately seven minutes. So time in the kitchen is spent creating, not waiting.
    • In just 2 hours, the interior walls and rack supports in Thermador Built-in Ovens become perfectly clean, thanks to the fastest self cleaning cycle on the market.
    • When dinner time is approaching and you still need to defrost the main course, a Thermador Built-in Microwave is invaluable. The Quick Defrost feature lets you defrost meat, poultry and seafood simply be entering the weight.
    • Thermador Masterpiece Built-in Ovens with Speed Convection can reduce cooking times by 30% so your creations are cooked evenly, perfectly and in less time than ever before.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Quick Clean cycle that washes the load more quickly when you’re in a rush.
    Flexibility
    • Thermador‘s ingenious Freedom® Collection lets you take your kitchen designs beyond anything you‘ve ever imagined. The possibilities are endless with a unique modular construction and built-in fresh food, freezer, bottom-freezer and wine preservation columns in multiple widths ranging from 18-inch to 36-inch. All columns are stand-alone, independent units—use your imagination to integrate them into your kitchen as single columns or as a side-by-side combination of any desired configuration. It‘s complete freedom of choice—and freedom of kitchen design.
    • Flexibility is power. That’s why Thermador offers completely modular Combination Built-in Ovens. Whether you desire a convection microwave with your oven, or both an oven and warming drawer, these products make your kitchen the model of elegance and practicality.
    • Thermador Ranges and Rangetops offer complete flexibility with a range of optional accessories that let you customize your cooktop to match the way you cook. Whether you need a griddle or a grill, a wok ring or a chopping block, Thermador delivers with remarkable flexibility.
    • Thermador Dishwashers provide interior flexibility for all your cleanup needs. The top rack removes allowing you to wash very large items and the Extra-Tall-Item™ Sprinkler cleans items up to 22-inchs tall, such as platters and baking sheets.
    How often do you buy frozen food?
    • If you buy frozen items to keep ingredients on-hand, you need to make sure you have enough storage space. An additional 18”-30” Thermador Freedom® Collection Freezer Column in your kitchen or butler’s pantry will ensure you have ample storage space.
    • A Thermador Built-in Microwave can be used to easily defrost foods such as meat, poultry and seafood simply by entering the weight.
    How much time do you and your family spend in the kitchen?
    • You may want to add a lounge area in the kitchen where family and friends can relax and enjoy meals together.
    • If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you need a dishwasher that is Powerfully Quiet®. Advanced engineering makes Thermador Dishwashers so quiet, you won’t even notice they’re operating. Select models feature a convenient PowerBeam™ light that shines on the floor to let you know the dishwasher is on.
    • Choose durable flooring that will stand-up to lots of use.
    How often do you cook?
    • When your kitchen sees a lot of cooking action, it’s important to keep smoke, odor and grease in check. These unhealthy airborne contaminants require effective ventilation. From standard wall hoods to specialty hoods, downdrafts, island and custom inserts, every Thermador Ventilation model has one thing in common: legendary performance.
    • If you don’t cook very often, you may appreciate some help in the kitchen. Thermador Masterpiece® Series Electric and Induction Cooktops feature CookSmart® Technology so you’ll never need to guess at cooking time or temperature again. With 9 pre-programmed modes and 5 different temperature levels, you’ll get perfect results every time you cook. Cooking modes include pasta, potatoes, rice, dumplings, vegetables, sausages, milk, rice pudding, and deep frying.
    • Thermador Masterpiece Series Electric and Induction Cooktops are also available with exclusive SensorDome™ Technnology. This unique retractable sensor continually measures the heat from your cookware and cycles the element on and off to maintain the precise temperature needed. The result is time savings combined with superior cooking performance—without the guesswork or the need to constantly adjust the temperature.
    What is your primary cooking style?
    • The combination of powerful performance and elegant styling makes Thermador’s Pro Grand® Ranges the epitome of American luxury in the kitchen. Technologically advanced and visually stunning, our Pro Grand 27-inch depth ranges are available in dual-fuel models, which marry a gas cooking surface with an electric convection oven, or highly efficient all-gas models. You may also choose from stainless steel cooktop models or models that feature our new easy-to-clean porcelain cooktop.
    • Gourmet cooking demands precision and control. Thermador’s exclusive ExtraLow® feature provides the widest variety of temperature control of any simmer system. It cycles the Star® Burner on and off to maintain temperatures as low as 100°. Perfect for simmering delicate sauces or keeping food warm without scorching or stirring.
    • No true cook’s kitchen is truly complete without the power of steam. And no steam oven is complete without the power of convection. You’ll find both in Thermador’s Steam & Convection Oven. Defrost, steam, proof, bake, slow cook and reheat—the oven’s performance and flexibility are unmatched. More importantly, the Steam & Convection Oven provides unrivaled taste, texture and quality. And it’s healthier, too, helping your food retain more of its essential vitamins and nutrients. One use of the Steam & Convection Oven and you’ll wonder how you ever did without steam.
    • You can configure your Thermador Range or Rangetop to match your gourmet cooking needs. Accessory options are available such as our grill accessory, maple chopping board, wok ring and griddle covers.
    • Thermador 24-inch depth Pro Harmony® Ranges offer more of everything you expect from our high performance, category-leading cooking appliances. Featuring performance improvements and design enhancements that deliver precision control and professional results, these state-of-the-art units allow home chefs to pursue their culinary inspirations with absolute confidence.
    • When you cook for a large family, you need ample cooking space. Thermador Ranges and Ovens feature large oven capacities capable of handling multiple dishes. In fact, Thermador Built-in Ovens are the largest on the market at 4.7 cu. ft. (According to AHAM standards)
    • When you need to maximize your cooking surface for family cooking, the Thermador 36-inch Gas Cooktop delivers. Featuring 5 Star® Burners (2 with ExtraLow®), this cooktop gives you all the power and all the functionality you need for family cooking.
    • The cornerstone of the passionate cook’s kitchen, the Masterpiece® Series Single and Double Built-in Ovens provide 14 cooking modes, easy-to-use graphical displays and incomparable Thermador quality and design. Six cooking levels and Thermador’s True Convection make it easy to cook several dishes simultaneously without any flavor transfer.
    • The exclusive SensorDome™ Technology on Thermador Electric Cooktops monitors the temperature of foods to ensure perfect cooking results every time and CookSmart® technology offers nine preprogrammed settings to effortlessly cook a wide range of foods.
    • All Thermador Rangetops offer two ExtraLow® burners for simmering delicate sauces, and each burner is rated at 18,000 BTU/hr for the ultimate in cooking power.
    • The Extended Bake Mode in the main oven of our Pro Harmony™ Ranges allows you to hold or slow cook foods for an extended period of time. This mode is also ideal for holiday or Sabbath use.
    • Thermador‘s ingenious Freedom Collection has a unique modular construction that lets you design your kitchen around the needs of your family. The possibilities are endless with built-in fresh food, freezer, bottom freezer and wine preservation columns in multiple widths ranging from 18-inch to 36-inch.
    • In today’s busy households, it’s not always possible for the entire family to eat together. A Thermador Warming Drawer can be used to keep meals warm for late arrivals.
    • Thermador Built-in Ovens with Speed Convection can reduce cooking times by 30% so your creations are cooked evenly, perfectly and in less time than ever before.
    • A Thermador Savor® Built-In Coffee Machine will help ease the busy morning rush. You can enjoy freshly brewed, coffeehouse-quality espresso, cappuccino, latte and just about any coffee drink you can think of, as well as a relaxing cup of hot tea, all from the comfort of your own home.
    • When properly reheated, some leftovers taste better than when they were originally served. The Thermador Steam and Convection Oven lets you reheat without losing the original dish’s moisture, texture and flavor. Plated dishes and baked goods have never been so good the next day.
    • A Thermador Built-in Microwave can be a timesaving convenience and a necessity for busy lifestyles.
    • Thermador Refrigerators feature a dual compressor and dual evaporator system which ensures that foods are kept at the ideal temperature and humidity levels and also helps prevent the transfer of odors and flavors between the refrigerator and freezer compartments.
    When you cook do you…
    • Design your kitchen to cater to what you love and it will be your favorite room in the house for years to come.
    • Reward yourself with Thermador luxury appliances. For more than seven decades, Thermador has been making the American kitchen more beautiful, more efficient and more luxurious, with meticulously crafted appliances engineered to appeal to the most discriminating culinary enthusiasts.
    • Create the ultimate culinary utopia with the exclusive Thermador Combination Oven with convection Microwave and Warming Drawer. These culinary tools will astound you with all the convenience of their powerful integrated design, outstanding performance and simple installation.
    • An exclusive Thermador Triple Combination Oven can make your kitchen the model of elegance and practicality in one convenient cutout.
    • Thermador’s award-winning Freedom® Collection offers a more individualized design approach so you can design your kitchen around the way you live. You choose the panel style, the handle style and the door swing to create the kitchen of your dreams. Each column can be fully flush-mounted and completely integrated for a seamless appearance, or add a chiseled panel to perfectly match the bold look of our Professional or Masterpiece® Series product lines.
    • If you have multiple cooks in the kitchen, you’ll need to plan for ample countertop space and you may want to create separate work zones for more efficient use of the space. While someone works in the prep zone, someone else can be working in the cleanup zone.
    • Take special care of your cooking tools. Thermador dishwashers feature a Chef’s Tool Drawer that offers more loading capacity with a dedicated area to horizontally position chef's knives, spatulas and other oversized tools for easier loading and unloading.
    • A butler’s pantry will provide invaluable prep and serving space. It’s also the perfect area to install additional appliances like an extra cooking surface, warming drawer, dishwasher and refrigeration.
    • Good kitchen design, efficiency and proper workflow are key in any kitchen that will be used to prepare culinary masterpieces for your guests.
    • A 48-inch Thermador Pro Grand® range is the ultimate luxury. Featuring 6 Star® burners and a griddle, your menu options are limitless. The griddle is also interchangeable with our optional grill accessory for even more cooking flexibility. The range is available in dual-fuel models, which marry a gas cooking surface with an electric convection oven, or highly efficient all-gas models. You may also choose from stainless steel cooktop models or models that feature our easy-to-clean porcelain cooktop.
    • With its steam, steam and convection, and true convection cooking modes, the Thermador Steam and Convection Oven literally can do it all. And do it all better. Steamed alone is the ideal mode for vegetables and shellfish. Add the browning power of convection to the moist, gentle cooking power of steam and the list of dishes it cooks perfectly is nearly endless. For braised meats, cakes and other baked goods, the oven’s traditional convection mode brings the even heat you need for consistent results.
    • Take special care of your cooking tools. Thermador Dishwashers feature a Chef’s Tool Drawer that offers more loading capacity with a dedicated area to horizontally position chef's knives, spatulas and other oversized tools for easier loading and unloading.
    • A butler’s pantry will provide invaluable prep and serving space. It’s also the perfect area to install additional appliances like an extra cooking surface, warming drawer, dishwasher and refrigeration.
    When you cook, do you prepare roasts or poultry?
    • Make sure your new kitchen has the right appliances for the way you cook. Thermador Professional Series Built-in Ovens offer the best performing rotisserie available. With a capacity up to 12-pounds, it cooks large roasts and poultry evenly on all sides and cleans up easily with dishwasher-safe components.
    Do you bake?
    • Thermador Ranges feature a third element convection system that provides superior baking and 25% time savings.
    • The Thermador Steam Oven with True Convection System creates bread and baked goods with outstanding taste, texture and appearance.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature an Extra-Tall-Item™ Sprinkler that delivers a powerful spray stream to ensure large items such as 22-inch platters and baking sheets, can be cleaned without the need to hand wash.
    • If you spend a lot of time baking in your kitchen, you would benefit from a lower counter for kneading and rolling out pie crusts and pastries. An island with ample counter space can also handle the job.
    • Thermador Pro Grand® 36-inch and 48-inch Ranges offer a maximum oven capacity of 5.7 cubic feet and can accommodate full-sized commercial sheet pans, perfect for baking.
    • The Thermador third element convection system provides superior baking and 25% time savings.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature an Extra-Tall-Item™ Sprinkler that delivers a powerful spray stream to ensure large items such as 22-inch platters and baking sheets, can be cleaned without the need to hand wash.
    Do you have children or teens that will be using the kitchen?
    • When planning your kitchen design, it may be helpful to have a separate area in the kitchen dedicated to drinks and snack preparation.
    • Thermador Induction Cooktops provide safer operation. The surface of an induction cooktop stays cool to the touch, making it safer than other cooktops. If small metal objects or utensils are detected on the surface, the cooktop automatically shuts down and sounds an alarm.
    • If you have young children, ease your mind with a Thermador Built-In Oven with a lockout feature to prevent use while you are away.
    • A Thermador Built-in Microwave can be a timesaving convenience and a necessity for busy families. Choose a location that is easily accessible by all family members.
    • Choose a durable, long-lasting flooring material such as tile, stone or hardwood to ensure it stands-up to the wear and tear of children (and pets).
    How often do you entertain?
    • A Thermador Double Wall Oven in addition to a Thermador Range will give you the space you need to prepare weekly meals for your guests.
    • For the ultimate in elegance, practicality and convenience, complete your Thermador kitchen with a spacious, built-in Warming Drawer. Keep food warm until every dish is ready to be served. Or warm tall stacks of dinner plates evenly and quickly. It’s the ultimate indulgence for the culinary enthusiast.
    • Two Thermador Dishwashers in your kitchen will make cleanup easy after your dinner party or holiday gathering.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Hand Wash cycle for delicate dishware as well as the largest wine glass capacity on the market. Accommodates up to 18 large wine glasses into the top and bottom rack, more than any competing dishwasher. This is ideal for the host who entertains frequently.
    • A butler’s pantry can accommodate extra space for hor’dovres and food prep as well as an additional cooking surface, warming drawers and supplementary refrigeration.
    • A Thermador Double Wall Oven in addition to a Thermador Range will give you the space you need to prepare elaborate meals for special occasions.
    • Two Thermador Dishwashers in your kitchen will make cleanup easy after your dinner party or holiday gathering.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature a Hand Wash cycle for delicate dishware as well as the largest wine glass capacity on the market. Accommodates up to 18 large wine glasses into the top and bottom rack, more than any competing dishwasher. This is ideal for the host who entertains frequently.
    • Two Thermador Dishwashers in your kitchen will make cleanup easy after your dinner party or holiday gathering.
    • A Thermador Double Wall Oven in addition to a Thermador Range will give you the oven space you need to create lavish meals for special holidays—especially that Thanksgiving turkey. You don’t want to tie up one oven without having the use of the second oven for your other holiday dishes.
    • The Extended Bake Mode in the main oven of our Pro Harmony™ ranges allows you to hold or slow cook foods for an extended period of time. This mode is also ideal for holiday or Sabbath use.
    How many people do you typically entertain?
    • Imagine serving your guests freshly brewed, coffeehouse-quality espresso, cappuccino, latte and just about any coffee drink you can think of, as well as a relaxing cup of hot tea, all from the comfort of your own home. It’s the ultimate culinary indulgence. An expression of your exquisite taste. And a stunning addition to any kitchen design. The Thermador Savor® Built-In Coffee Machine brings a unique air of sophistication to your kitchen while delivering state-of-the-art coffeemaking performance.
    • A Thermador Warming Drawer can be installed to keep plates warm and to keep food hot until you’re ready to serve.
    • No matter the size of your dinner party, guests always seem to make their way to the kitchen. Incorporating a butler’s pantry into your kitchen design will give you some additional space to prep, serve and cleanup. It’s the perfect place for a second Thermador Dishwasher, Warming Drawer and additional refrigeration.
    • A Thermador Double Wall Oven in addition to a Thermador Range will give you the space you need to prepare gourmet meals for your guests.
    • A supplemental Thermador Freedom® Collection Fresh Food column can be used exclusively for cold beverages — a handy addition to your new kitchen.
    • Thermador Masterpiece Series Induction Cooktops feature independent shutoff timers on each element, making it easier to coordinate the cooking of multiple dishes.
    • When cooking for a crowd, a Thermador 48-inch Pro Grand® Commercial-Depth Range is a must-have. With six Star® Burners, an electric griddle, and dual ovens, it combines powerful performance with maximum space and elegant styling. When paired with a matching Thermador Professional Series Wall Hood, you’ll have the ultimate cooking center.
    • When cooking for a crowd, your kitchen needs to be efficient and practical. Multiple cooking surfaces such as a range and a cooktop will ensure you have the space you need to create culinary masterpieces.
    • An additional Thermador Wall Oven will provide extra space to bake, roast and broil and will especially be needed for holiday cooking.
    • A handy addition for large gatherings is a Thermador Freedom® Collection Fresh Food column that can be used exclusively for beverages. With our Freedom Collection, you can customize your refrigeration with endless possibilities using a unique modular construction and built-in fresh food, freezer, bottomfreezer and wine preservation columns in multiple widths ranging from 18-inch to 36-inch.
    • Dual Thermador Warming Drawers can be installed to keep plates warm and to keep food hot until you’re ready to serve.
    • Two Thermador Dishwashers in your kitchen will make cleanup easy after your dinner party or holiday gathering.
    • Every good party includes good wine. A Thermador Freedom Collection Wine Preservation Column is a must-have. The electronic control board enables dual temperature zone control, ideal for storing both red and white assortments at the perfect temperature so you can offer a selection of wines to your guests.
    How often do you serve wine in your home?
    • Thermador’s Freedom Collection Wine Preservation Columns feature Full Access® wine racks that slide in and out easily on full extension glides to provide easy access to your wine collection. Our electronic control board enables dual temperature zone control, ideal for storing both red and white assortments at the perfect temperature. Humidity in the unit is optimized to minimize oxidation—keeping your wines perfectly preserved.
    • Thermador Dishwashers feature the largest wine glass capacity on the market. Accommodates up to 18 large wine glasses into the top and bottom rack, more than any competing dishwasher.
    Which of the following activities take place in your kitchen? (check all that apply)
    • You may want to consider a built-in desk or a separate, dedicated zone for activities outside of cooking and meal preparation.
    • If your kitchen is also used for homework and computer work, you’ll appreciate a quiet dishwasher. Advanced engineering makes Thermador Dishwashers so quiet, you won’t even notice they’re operating. Select models feature a PowerBeam™ light that shines on the floor to let you know the dishwasher is on.
  • STEP 2: FINDING INSPIRATION

    Look everywhere for inspiration….books, magazines, movies, catalogs, retail stores, showrooms, commercial buildings, websites….then add to your own personal vision of how you want your kitchen to look, feel, and function. Carry a digital camera with you and take snapshots of rooms, colors, fabrics and furniture that inspire or excite you.
    Visit the Thermador Kitchen Gallery to browse through our collection of exquisite kitchens and vignettes.

    CANDICE OLSON'S ADVICE

    CREATE A SAMPLE BOARD
    Create a Sample Board

    After I meet with a client, I pull together a sample board — a collection of fabric scraps, paint chips, finish samples, flooring bits, photos of furnishings that tells the room's design story. Make your own sample board when you're dreaming up a kitchen makeover. It'll help you match up finishes, flooring, fabrics, and colors before they get installed. Plus, it helps you stick to your vision once you've started.

    LET LIFESTYLE GUIDE YOU
    Let lifestyle guide you.

    The way you utilize and enjoy your kitchen should guide you through every step of the design process. You need to be practical when you choose a kitchen style to ensure that you will not only love the way your kitchen looks but that you will love living in it too.

  • STEP 3: SELECTING A KITCHEN STYLE

    Finding Inspiration Finding Inspiration Finding Inspiration Choosing a kitchen style requires serious thought. When you want to gather with family and friends, the kitchen can become the main attraction when it has a welcoming layout and good design in a style that you love. Knowing what you like will help you narrow down choices on everything from cabinetry to flooring to wall colors.

    CANDICE OLSON'S ADVICE

    OWN YOUR STYLE

    Remember to make the space yours. It’s easy to get caught up in the new trends, but keep in mind you will be spending a lot of time in your kitchen and you will need to feel comfortable in the space. Be true to your style and likes.

    HAVE A COHESIVE DESIGN

    Most people remodel one project at a time. But you need a design plan for adjacent rooms. If you see the overall vision, it can prevent you from making costly mistakes going forward.

    CABINET CHARACTER

    Whatever your style, an abundance of solid cabinet doors can overpower a kitchen. To create visual relief and architectural interest, mix it up with a few stylish departures. One strategy is to vary the heights and depths of the cabinets. You can also change out solid-face cabinets with racks that store dishes or wine and open shelves for displaying collections or storing cookbooks. Or transform upper doors by adding glass inserts. If you prefer that people don’t see your peanut butter, use glass that is sandblasted or reeded so that the contents of the cabinets are obscured.

  • STEP 4: KITCHEN FLOOR PLANS

    Finding Inspiration You need to consider what would be the most efficient kitchen layout for the way you cook and use the room. Most designers recommend grouping common elements in a work triangle or zone. For example, you could have a prep/cooking zone with a separate cleanup area. The prep/cooking zone could include a range or cooktop, a wall oven and a refrigerator along with a chopping block. The goal is to minimize the number of steps between the various elements and to ensure efficiency and convenience. Also keep in mind how traffic flows through the room. You don’t want kids or family members crossing through your work zones.

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    MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY

    A kitchen's efficiency works on the "perfect triangle," the relationship between a sink, range and refrigerator can work in several ways that make the kitchen more efficient.

    MAKE A SMALL SPACE FEEL LARGE

    Want to make your kitchen look bigger? Laying the kitchen floor pattern on a diagonal lets you visually expand the space — good to know if you have a tight squeeze.

    GOOD VISUALIZATION

    Many remodels I tackle are opening kitchens into the family room. Just remember the need for visual privacy. Think about designing visual barriers so you're not looking at a stack of dirty pots and pans when your guests are at the dining room table.

    THE NECESSARY ISLAND

    If your kitchen is all about family, invest in an island.

  • STEP 5: CABINETRY DESIGN

    CABINETRY DESIGN

    More than any other element, cabinets can define a room’s style. They are also fundamental in making your kitchen practical for storing everything from dinnerware to spices to cookie sheets.

    Kitchen cabinets are available stock, semicustom and custom. You’ll need to determine which type best fits your kitchen project and your budget. You may also get the most out of your budget by mixing a few custom or semicustom pieces with stock pieces to give your kitchen a signature style.

    Once you choose a door style, you can consider the numerous finishes, colors, woods, laminates, mouldings and hardware. The design possibilities are endless.

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    TRADITIONAL FRAMED

    Traditional construction with a solid wood frame attached to the front of the cabinet box. Hinges can be hidden or visible. Because the frame overlaps the door opening, drawers are slightly narrower than the cabinet box.

    FRAMELESS AND MODERN FRAMELESS

    Provides a clean, contemporary look and slightly more capacity and easier access to the interiors. Door hinges mount inside the cabinet so they’re hidden when the doors are closed.

    FULL FRAME OF FULL OVERLAY

    A timeless style. The cabinet doors and drawer fronts cover the entire frame of the cabinet box, leaving minimal space between the doors and drawers. Hinges can be hidden or visible.

    SPECIALTY

    An easy way to add character to your kitchen. Specialty options include leaded glass doors, reeded glass doors and wood and metal insert panels.

  • STEP 6: HOW TO SELECT THE PERFECT COUNTERTOP

    Perfect Countertop

    Your kitchen countertop is one of the most used surfaces in your home, so you want to be quite sure you make the right choice. There are a number of things you need to bear in mind.

    The first step in remodeling anything in your home is to know your design style. An excellent way to discover this is to choose images from interior design and similar magazines that appeal to you. These could range from flower arrangements, kitchen layouts, color schemes to the type of Thermador appliances that you find attractive. Clip out these images and begin creating a Style Scrapbook.

    Fashion has always been a source of inspiration for kitchen design. So in figuring out your style, take a trip to your own closet. You can get a good idea of who you are by what you wear. Equally as important as your personal style is the overall style of your home: is it traditional, modern, contemporary, classic, transitional, or even nautical? Is the home architecture Mediterranean, Ranch or Spanish? This will give you great direction on they type of style that you are trying to achieve with your kitchen design and specifically with your countertop.

    Once you have gathered your ideas and have a design direction, you will need to choose a color for your countertop that complements the other colors in your kitchen. What color are your cabinets, backsplashes and paints? What type of material have you chosen for your flooring? What style and color are your Thermador appliances?

    The next critical step in choosing a countertop is to consider what functions your kitchen serves. Is it a high traffic area? Do you have small children or teenagers at home? Do you enjoy entertaining? Are you a passionate cook? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you will need a durable countertop. Your two best choices are granite or quartz.

    Perfect Countertop Although granite is an extremely durable surface, it is not as durable as quartz. Quartz remains the number one rated surfacing material for durability on the market today. Quartz is also the only material that will give you the ease of cleaning while offering a multitude of colors, textures and styles.

    Caesarstone is the original quartz manufacturer of heat, stain and scratch resistant surfaces with a Residential Lifetime Warranty. They fabricate surfaces with a variety of different edge options to match your personal style and overall kitchen design, modern or traditional.

    To get a crystal clear image of the finished product before installation even begins, check out Caesarstone’s amazing Edge Visualizer Tool on their website at www.caesarstoneus.com/catalog/edges.cfm. This tool features an animated, three-dimensional, 360° view of a segment of a Caesarstone countertop. The tool allows you to experiment with every possible combination of color and edge type.

    Remember: your kitchen is the heart of your home, where you, your family and friends spend most of their time. This is where memories are made. Selecting the perfect countertop is a critical part of your overall kitchen design.

  • STEP 7: CHOOSING THE RIGHT APPLIANCES

    Appliances are the star of your kitchen and will account for a good portion of your kitchen project budget. You should learn about the various types available so you can choose appliances that will best meet your cooking, food storage and cleaning needs.

    CANDICE OLSON'S ADVICE

    EQUISITE DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY
    Exquiste Design & Functionality

    I've long been an admirer of Thermador appliances. You may have noticed that I incorporate them into each of the kitchen designs I create for my show, Divine Design. Thermador’s state-of-the-art performance and classic design are exactly what professional designers look for when creating a kitchen that makes a bold and dramatic statement.

  • STEP 8: COLOR IT PERFECT

    Color it Perfect Choosing colors that work best with your countertops, cabinets and flooring is no easy task. For a fabulous kitchen, you need to choose colors that work in harmony. But you also need to choose colors you can live with and colors that evoke the mood you’re looking for. Do you want your kitchen space to be energizing and lively? Warm and relaxing? Timeless and sophisticated? Bold and trendy? Once you determine the overall look and feel you’re after, it will make the decision process a lot less intimidating. Practical paint choices include those that feature low sheen, semi-gloss or gloss sheens.

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    USE A SIMILAR COLOR

    Integrate adjoining family rooms into the kitchen through color to maintain continuity and to create pleasing transitions.

    MIX IT UP

    Two-toned kitchens are more interesting than one-toned. For example, a marble island, different cabinet finishes and Art Deco tile can make a kitchen come alive.

    TRY IT OUT

    Paint color samples and wallpaper swatches are worth the time and effort. It is amazing how colors can change at different times of the day and in different rooms. By sampling a color at home, you’ll get the most accurate sense of how it will look in your finished kitchen.

  • STEP 9: MAKE IT SPARKLE WITH LIGHTING

    Make it Sparkle With Lighting Good or bad lighting makes or breaks a kitchen. Properly positioned, lighting can make wood tones glow, sculpt cabinet details, lend drama to painted finishes, and make that stainless steel hood sparkle. For the best results, incorporate lighting from multiple sources, such as overhead chandeliers or pendants, lamps, wall sconces and under-cabinet lighting.

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    NATURAL LIGHTING

    Make the best of any natural light in your space and of course select light fixtures that will provide the most pleasure and safety. Always consider ambient and general lighting when defining your lighting design.

    UNDER-CABINET LIGHTING

    Under-cabinet lighting is functional and highlights the texture of the backsplash tile. You can use either low-voltage halogens or fluorescent tubes. If you use halogens, put them on a separate dimmer switch so that you can leave them on at night for a gentle glow. Small lights tucked into the toekicks of your cabinets make wonderful, serene nightlights.

    RECESSED LIGHTING

    Position recessed fixtures relatively close to the cabinet fronts—about 12 inches from the faces and centered on the cabinet doors—so they illuminate countertop work areas as well as cabinet interiors.

  • STEP 10: IT'S ALL IN THE DETAILS

    It's all in the Details Cabinetry does more than anything else to define a room’s style while flooring, countertops and appliances have an enormous impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. However, don’t overlook the details. Pull it all together and complete the room with perfect enhancements that suite your style and function of your kitchen. Carefully choose door and drawer pulls, window treatments and decorative accessories.

    CANDICE OLSON'S ADVICE

    Keep it fresh

    Fifteen percent of your budget should be for accessories. And a good rule of thumb is to update your pillows, lamps, artwork and area rugs every seven years. These things keep your room looking fresh and current.

    WALL DÉCOR

    Art is a design element that is essential for the expression of your own unique style. It creates personality and character in a room; sets a mood or ambiance; adds color and interest; and can transform an ordinary room into an extra-ordinary room.

    Creative Backsplashes

    Backsplashes add character to the kitchen. There are a lot of new tiles out there that can really dress up a room. My new favorite is stainless steel tile. The beauty of these babies is that you can use many for all over glitz or just a few for a hint of sparkle.

  • STEP 11: STAYING ON BUDGET

    Staying on Budget At some point, you will need to reconcile your dream and your budget. When planning your kitchen project, start with the ideal world of what you would love to do. Then work through your budget to determine what you can afford to do. Having a budget will help you stick to your plan and you should always refer to your budget when making product and design decisions.

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    THE 20% RULE

    When you define your budget, include a 20% contingency because it's always going to cost more than you think it is.

    MONEY SAVERS

    You can transform a drab kitchen into a fabulous kitchen, even if you’re budget conscious. One way to save is to refinish your existing cabinetry. You can give them a whole new look by painting them, inside and out.


    Setting your budget: Tips from NKBA

    With a wide variety of quality products available, there’s a kitchen for almost any budget, ranging from the lovely to the super deluxe.


    To share a few examples: a large show-stopper of a kitchen with luxurious materials in a major metro area could start at more than a hundred thousand dollars and go well beyond that. However a lovely modest makeover in a smaller town might be achieved for around $20,000 to $25,000. The NKBA’s handy chart explains how that breaks down by products and services.

    KITCHEN REMODELING COSTS
    Design Fees 4%
    Installation 17%
    Appliances & Ventilation 14%
    Cabinetry & Hardware 29%
    Countertops 10%
    Lighting 5%
    Flooring 7%
    Doors & Windows 4%
    Walls & Ceilings 5%
    Faucets & Plumbing 4%
    Other 1%
    TIPS FOR SETTING YOUR BUDGET
    • Keep your priorities front and center. A $500 range or a $10,000 one? A $100 sink or one that’s $3,500? A $4 polished brass knob or a $98 crystal model? What’s important to you?
    • Cabinetry and hardware generally run about 29% of your investment, appliances and ventilation can be 14% and countertops typically account for around 10% of the total project cost.
    • Remember that installation can be about 17% of the budget.
    • When it comes to resale, check with real estate professionals to find out specifically for your neighborhood what the return would be for a new kitchen. National statistics can give you a general idea, but what matters most is your neighborhood.
    • Find out how much faster your home would sell with a new kitchen.
    • Discuss your budget with an NKBA pro. They work a variety of price ranges, and can tell you up front whether they’re the right fit for your project.
    • An NKBA professional can also help you get the most value for your investment.
    WAYS TO SAVE
    • Set priorities so you know where to allocate your dollars
    • Don’t move plumbing, mechanical systems or walls unless it will greatly improve the space
    • Avoid changing your mind once products are ordered and installation begins
    • Have a clear set of specifications before comparison shopping
    • Be sure to compare exactly the same products, not just similar ones. The price for the same model of faucet, for example, will vary by finish. Granite prices vary by grade.
    • Everyone shops online, but it’s important to visit showrooms and be sure what you see online is what you think it is
    SOME FRIENDLY ADVICE
    • Get a written estimate with detailed specifications of all products and services.
    • Be sure that you understand the payment schedule. Is there a design fee? A retainer? What payments are due, and when?
    • Never pay 100% up front.
    • Be sure at the end of the job there are no contractor liens.
    • Set aside some money for contingencies, perhaps 10% to 20% of your project.

    Adapted from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Kitchen Planner. For more information, or to find a certified kitchen designer (CKD), visit nkba.org or call 1-800-843-6522.

  • STEP 12: HIRING A PRO

    Hiring a Pro If you’re kitchen project is substantial, you should look to the pros for expert help and guidance. Even small kitchen projects can benefit from the advice of an experienced designer. Professionals can offset many problems that you might not anticipate and they can help you bring your kitchen dream to life.

    Choose an architect that can take your vision and conceptualize it into a living space. Choose a builder that has a proven track record. Choose a good contractor that can deliver your dream kitchen on budget and on time. Choose a designer that satisfies your taste and style. A good designer will work closely with you and your team of experts to make your kitchen dream a reality.

    When choosing a designer...

    • Make sure they’re qualified
    • Ask to see past projects or a portfolio
    • Ask for references
    • Discuss your budget

    CANDICE OLSON'S ADVICE

    BEFORE YOU HIRE A DESIGNER, FIND OUT WHAT YOU LIKE

    It's not uncommon for folks to be unable to articulate what their style is. Create a sample board, scrapbook or binder full of magazine clippings, fabrics and photos of design that catches your eye. A homeowner who has done their homework really helps a designer. When I look through 20 different pages that a homeowner has collected, it gives an outsider a good idea of what the person likes.


    Finding the Right Professional for You

    As the heart of your home, the kitchen is one of the most complex and potentially expensive rooms to create. Today, there are more options than ever in the fast-changing and highly innovative world of kitchen products. And when it comes to finessing a design, even a few inches can make or break a plan. Details count and there’s a lot to know.


    That’s why you should trust your kitchen to an experienced, ethical and professional member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. NKBA members work in a variety of ways. Most handle design and product sales, starting with cabinets and running the full gamut.


    Other members concentrate on products such as decorative plumbing and hardware, appliances, tile and stone, and countertops. Some are with design/build firms that handle additions and structural changes. Some focus exclusively on design services. No matter what combination of products and services they offer, you can rest assured that members adhere to the Standards of Conduct set by NKBA for your peace of mind. Here are some questions to ask as you interview professionals.


    • Can you show me recent jobs that you’ve done?
    • Can you explain the process of how you work?
    • Do you typically work in the budget range I have in mind?
    • How do you charge?
    • How many designs might I see?
    • Do I work with you directly or with a team?
    • How will you help me visualize my new space? Computer Drawings? Perspectives? Elevations?
    • Which products will you supply? Which products will I be responsible for?
    • Do you move walls? Move /add windows or doors? Do additions or bump-outs?
    • What guarantees and warranties do you offer on workmanship and products?
    • How do you handle installation?
    • May I see your license, insurance and any other required documents?
    • If I have an architect, interior designer or builder already engaged, can you work with them?
    • How long do you think my project will take?
    • Are there past customers I can contact for references?
    WHAT DO THE INITIALS MEAN?

    The NKBA’s various levels of certification let you know an individual’s skills have been independently evaluated and tested. That means you can have extra confidence in working with certified professionals who have proven, verified knowledge and experience. The requirements for the NKBA’s professional design certifications are:


    AKBD (Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer)
    • At least 2 years of industry experience
    • Minimum 2 years of formal design education or 30 hours of NKBA professional development programming
    • Passed a comprehensive academic exam

    CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) or CBD (Certified Bathroom Designer)
    • Minimum of 7 years kitchen/bath design experience
    • Minimum of 4 years of formal design education or 60 hours of NKBA professional development programming
    • Passed a rigorous 2-part exam on academic knowledge and practical skills

    CMKBD (Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer)
    • More than 17 years of industry experience
    • Has both CKD and CBD certifications
    • Minimum of 100 hours of NKBA professional development programming or equivalent formal design education

    Adapted from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Kitchen Planner. For more information, or to find a certified kitchen designer (CKD), visit nkba.org or call 1-800-843-6522.

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