Design Pro Tips – Project Prep

6 Min.

Preparation is key. In most things in life, but especially when it comes to construction. JF designer Paula shares some key info on making sure you are prepped and ready for your project.

Paula Accioly is a Jewett Farms + Co. designer, originally from Brazil, she has worked in Miami, England, and Boston. Paula discussed the preparations that people can make as they start to think about their kitchen renovation. As we know, good things take time, Paula shared the benefits of being prepared. Read on for Paula’s pearls of wisdom

Get Inspired.

Use Houzz, Instagram, and Pinterest. It doesn’t need to make a lot of sense at the beginning, whatever inspires you –  keep it!  Your designer can help you organize those inspiration images into folders, eliminate the ones you no longer like and find what exactly it is in those images that inspire you.  Those images will help the designer get a feeling for the space and your taste.

Think Appliances.

Visit different showrooms and see what is out there, what works for your lifestyle and what catches your eye. But I would recommend not to buy anything at this point. Your designer will work on different layouts for your space and some appliances work better than others. But if you have a favorite it is good to know at this point.

Wants Vs. Needs.

Images can help a lot but they won’t tell your designer that you have a two-thousand-pound mixer that needs a special cabinet. Or about the bowls that used to be your grandmothers that you’d love to display. Unique details of what you can’t live without or things you always dreamed of because we are designing a kitchen for you, a unique space that will work with your lifestyle.


Do some research, especially if this is your first project. Shop around and visit kitchen showrooms, show the basic layout and size of your space. Try to get a few detailed proposals from different companies, take note of everything that is included and ask how the cabinetry is made. This is the time to figure out if you are going semi-custom or custom cabinetry, this will determine where you’re buying your cabinetry. This can be a time-consuming process and is definitely something that should be done early in the process.


Great kitchens take time, don’t decide today that you want a kitchen tomorrow. Give yourself time to work through the design, to pick all the details. I would say the average is 4-5 months from start to finish to complete a kitchen renovation. So, ask the contractor when you need cabinetry and start making some decisions. Keep in mind that the kitchen project is not just cabinetry. Tile, custom hoods, and hardware can all have long lead times, so be prepared.

Paula manages the Jewett Farms + Co. Boston showroom and is a skilled, intuitive designer, the images featured in this post are from her recent projects.

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