Given all the changes to their initial vision, the Sharmas wanted to test out Venegas' new configuration. They all met with TOH general contractor Tom Silva at the project house. There, using inexpensive strapping covered with rosin paper, Tom built a mock-up of the cabinetry, appliances, and island in the gutted kitchen. "That made us realize we needed to fine-tune the shape of the island, and that the counter next to the fridge would probably end up being a junk collector," says Venegas.
TOH Pro Tip:
"To test-drive your plan, mock it up with strapping and rosin paper, then play house with your family to see how the layout works in practice." —Tom Silva, TOH TV General Contractor