Latham Showroom Design Process and Measurement Guides

Genn Howley

Meet the Designer

Genn Howley’s passion for working with people led her to achieve her Associate’s in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1994, and her Bachelor’s in Marketing & Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1998. Since graduating, she has worked in the industry and at GNH Lumber for 27 years, gaining key on-the-job experience in marketing and sales. Genn also learned the ins and outs of general construction, plumbing, cabinetry, flooring, millwork, and Marvin window and doors. In 2015, she brought her talents to the Kitchen and Bath Design Team full-time.

Genn truly loves helping people make their dream designs a reality. She has a special way of getting to know everything about a project – from the big ideas to the little details. Her eye for gorgeous color combinations and accents can elevate a room’s entire look.

In her free time, Genn volunteers on the executive board of the Northeast Retail Lumberman’s Association, as a board member of the Eastern New York Lumber Dealers and as Chairperson of the United Methodist Church Daycare. She also loves spending time with her 2 daughters and her grandchildren.

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Genn Howley's Design Checklist

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In-Store or Virtual Consultation

The first step to creating a beautiful new space is to schedule a consultation with me. I offer both in-store and virtual consultations for your comfort and convenience. During the initial consultation, we will explore your needs and goals for the space, including project timeline, contractor information, ideas, inspiration, and much more.

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Create & Finalize Your Design

After the consultation, I will develop your design. Design curation involves creating a floorplan, defining cabinetry layout, and specifying materials, hardware, colors, and finishes. I will then schedule an in-store or virtual review to present a 3-D rendering of your new space. If any changes are needed, the design will be modified to better align with your vision, style, and budget.

The first step to planning a successful remodel is to get a clear picture of the space you have to work with. Sketch out the basic shape of the room and all current counters, appliances, or other built-in fixtures. Then take measurements and record them on the sketch, so that you can best fit your new plans into the existing space.

The first step to planning a successful remodel is to get a clear picture of the space you have to work with. Sketch out the basic shape of the room and all current counters, appliances, or other built-in fixtures. Then take measurements and record them on the sketch, so that you can best fit your new plans into the existing space.

See Full Room Measurement Guide Below

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Final Steps & Follow Up

Once your final design is approved and the deposit collected, I will schedule site measurements as needed and place material orders. When your products arrive, I will contact you to schedule delivery. After your project is completed, I will follow up to make sure you’re completely satisfied with the new space.

Measurement Guides

Room Measurement Guide

Before remodeling a space, you should first take measurements of the room so you can plan accordingly. It’s often easiest to visualize this by sketching out a floorplan of the existing space. You can do this on any paper, though you may choose to use graph paper to help with drawing straight lines. Whatever you use, don’t worry about accurate scaling – you can note the dimensions on the drawing afterwards.

There are a lot of elements to be sure you include in your floorplan. This includes doors, windows, appliances, and anything built in, like counters. You also need to remember to think in 3D — not only how long the wall is, but how high the ceiling is and how deep built in counters or shelves. To help you get as much detail as possible, we’ve put together the following checklist.

Room Measurement Checklist

  1. Sketch the basic outline of the kitchen. Use pencil, so that it will be easy to make changes. Label each wall with a letter or number for easy reference in the future, and include the full length, in inches, when you measure corner to corner. You may also wish to take pictures so that your designer can better see the elements you reference.
  2. Add all openings and obstructions. On the outline, mark the location of every door, window, or other opening. Measure the width and height of each in inches, and add that information to your drawing. For any opening that doesn’t go all the way to the floor, measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the opening. Next look for any other obstructions — radiators, for example — and mark their locations and measurements in the same way.
  3. Add plumbing fixtures and appliances. The next step is to mark the location of all plumbing fixtures and appliances. Even if you’re planning on replacing them, the current location of the necessary hookups will be important information. Measure in inches from the location of the connection in the wall (pipes, gas hookup, etc) to the nearest side wall (for connections that come through the floor rather than a wall, measure to the two nearest walls). If you can’t see exactly where the connection is, measure from the center of the appliance. Also note the height, width, and depth of each appliance you are considering keeping. Note all these measurements on your drawing.
  4. Add counters and cabinets. If you’re planning on replacing cabinets but not flooring, you’ll still need the current cabinets’ footprint — the width and depth — so that you know the area that needs to be covered. If you’re not planning on replacing cabinets, be sure to record the height as well.
  5. Add the electric. Indicate all electrical outlets and switches on your sketch. Measure in inches from the center of the panel to the nearest wall, and add this information to your floorplan. You may also wish to note the number of outlets or switches in each panel. If you know how your outlets are divided into different circuits or if any are high voltage or GFCI note that as well.
  6. Measure the height. Finally, how tall is the space you are working in? Measure from floor to ceiling in a few different places around the room to make sure you have an accurate overall height. If there is anywhere with a different ceiling height — one example is a soffit in a kitchen, which is the lower part that can fill in above cabinets — be sure to measure the height, width, and depth of these as well.
  7. Confirm your measurements. Once you’ve completed your floorplan, be sure to double-check your work. Do individual elements along a wall correctly add up to your measurement for the full length of the wall? Are elements that appear the same size labeled with similar measurements? Re-measure anything you are unsure of.

You’re now ready to start planning your new room! With an accurate base to build on, you can prevent problems down the road. Get in touch with one of GNH’s designers today to begin your remodel.

Countertop Measurement Guide

If you’re looking for a replacement countertop, you should start by taking a few basic measurements. First, measure the width and length of the counter. If you have an L-shaped counter, make sure you measure from the end of the counter to the wall for both legs. If you’ve got a room sketch, mark the dimensions on the sketch.

Next, measure any cutouts you need in the counter. This includes the length and width of the sink as well as the size of the faucet base. Also be sure to note if you have a spray nozzle or soap dispenser built into the counter and indicate where the base is and how big it is. Measure in inches from the edge of the sink or other cutout to the closest wall.

After measuring cutouts, be sure to note any backsplashes. If you have these panels that protect your wall (usually found behind a sink or stove), measure their height, length, and depth, as well as their distance from the floor.

Finally, note everywhere your counters will need a finished edge versus where they will be against a wall or appliance.

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