How We Work

[ Planning for a project ]

Kitchen or Bath Remodeling

Kitchen or bath remodeling projects may range from simple upgrades to sophisticated transformations. While the process is is exciting, it can easily become overwhelming; even stressful. The myriad of product choices and design option make kitchen and bath remodeling projects more complicated than other remodeling projects. Precisely why smart homeowners, even DIYers, opt to work with a professional kitchen and bath designer. Preferably a reputable, established firm like Distinctive Cabinetry located in the San Francisco East Bay.

[ How It Works ]

Our Design Process

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[ step one ]

Project Consultation

The design process really begins with a scheduled appointment for a showroom consultation. During this visit you’ll meet with a certified kitchen & bath designer. We ask clients to bring in a list of their project desires and needs. It is also helpful at this stage to show photos of other kitchen and bath designs you like from print or online resources such as Houzz.

Our kitchen and bath designer will guide you through our Walnut Creek Showroom to review product displays and learn about your likes and dislikes. We’ll discuss your potential budget, educate you on product offerings and explain how the entire process will work.

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[ step Two ]

House Visit

Our kitchen & bath designer will meet with you in your home to evaluate the space, take detailed measurements, and discuss functional and aesthetic goals. We’ll review the traffic flow of your current kitchen and evaluate how your kitchen remodel or bath remodeling can improve troubled or clogged areas.  Any specific needs or considerations will be reviewed in detail during our home visit.

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[ step three ]

Design Process

Based on the showroom consultation and home visit, our designer will develop a detailed floor plan, along with cost estimates. Project estimates will be based on your design style preferences, your “wish list,” and your budget. One of our in-house Associate Designer’s will create a set of interpretive drawings (elevations, color-rendered 3-D perspectives, etc.). A combination of CAD or hand drawings may be prepared to further illustrate and clarify the spaces.

You will view your kitchen design or bath remodeling plans and project estimates. Working side by side with our designer you will select products including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and hardware. If necessary, changes will be made and the final design with investment amount presented at a follow-up meeting. Your designer will also facilitate visits to our trade partners for selection of related materials, such as tile, flooring, granite, lighting, plumbing fixtures, etc.

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[ step four ]


If you have contracted with an interior designer you’ll move onto steps 4 & 5.

Once the plans have been approved and all product and finishes are selected, they will take responsibility for your project. The materials will be ordered and installers scheduled. This includes any subcontractors such as plumbers, electricians or tile contractors that will be needed for the kitchen or bath design.

They’ll coordinate with you in advance on all deliveries and installation dates. Our East Bay interior designers employ expert craftsmen who are the licensed and bonded.

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[ step five ]


Reminder: if you have contracted with an interior designer you’ll move onto steps 4 & 5.

To ensure the final result meets our interior designer’s high design standards and your satisfaction, they will conduct a final inspection of your kitchen or bath remodel. Once completed you will receive a project book which contains all of your warranties, How-To-Manuals, and your final design plans and product selections.

Receive a complimentary 30-minute


Appointment Necessary


Recent Projects

Lafayette Powder Room Renovation
Lafayette Kitchen Renovation ~ Mid-Century Modern
Lafayette Kitchen Remodel ~ Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern Kitchen ~ Lafayette, CA
Bungalow Kitchen Remodel ~ Martinez, CA
[ testimonials ]

See What Other are Saying

We couldn’t be more pleased with the design expertise and service that Sherry and the team and Distinctive Cabinetry provided in our renovation project. We used them for 4 different cabinet solutions (kitchen, entertainment center, and two bathrooms) and everything turned out better than we could have ever imagined. Not only did Sherry help us with all of the design / planning, her customer service throughout the process to ensure they were working in lock step with our contractor was outstanding. 5 SHINY STARS for Sherry and Distinctive Cabinetry!!
Kitchen, Entertainment Center & Bathroom Client
Sherry at Distinctive Cabinetry showed immense patience with us while we struggled to figure out exactly what we wanted. The whole project turned out absolutely beautiful. They were easy to work with, let us take home samples and made numerous changes as we kept changing our minds on a few things. After delivery and install, they were quick to address any issues and changes we had. Highly recommend them! Oh and the total price ended up lower than expected.
Kitchen Renovation Client
Had a great experience with Sherry at Distinctive Cabinetry. She was so helpful in answering all our questions, helping us think through a an updated design for our kitchen. She made the process easy, was responsive, had great ideas, and such a pleasure to work with through the entire process. I would highly recommend Distinctive Cabinetry and Sherry!
Kitchen Cabinet Update Client
We recently used Distinctive Cabinetry for a kitchen remodel and I cannot recommend them highly enough! Sherry was a delight to work with and she truly delivered the kitchen of our dreams. The quality of the cabinets (Starmark) exceeded expectations, as did Sherry’s creative input. Both Sherry and Steve (the owner) were always pleasant and super-responsive to our many questions, concerns and requests. If you are considering any remodel that involves cabinetry, look no further.
Starmark Cabinetry Client