Below are the steps, in my personal opinion that should be taken to ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible through the entire process, start to finish. Also included are links to some useful resources when researching your upcoming project
Determine what exactly you are looking to do. Examples: A simple update/re-facing (new doors and trim work), all new cabinets staying within the original layout, or a complete renovation (tearing out walls, moving fixtures, etc.)
Take the time to do some research. Take advantage of the internet and look at different style of kitchens, and cabinetry. Do you like modern designs or more traditional designs? Do you like solid colors, natural wood, or both? Detailed mouldings, and faux finishes are also options to achieve exactly what you are looking for.
What do you need from your kitchen, more storage, better function, entertaining space? Appliance selection can have a huge impact on the ideal layout for your kitchen. Wall ovens, cook tops, free standing ranges, built-in refrigerators, built-in microwaves, hoods, panel fronts for you appliances, etc. Picking your appliances early in the design process is a must for an accurate and ideal layout. Do you want more convenient storage? Draws, pullout shelving, organizers, garbage pullouts, etc. all need specific allowances for space. Do you want an island/do you have room for an island? 36”-42” around the entire island is ideal, 42” min. on any side with seating.
Now that you have the general concept for your kitchen it’s time to think about your budget. This can be the most difficult part of the project, but with some thought and research it is possible. Having a well thought out budget allows your contractors to give you the most detailed and accurate quotes for exactly what you want, and options available within your budget. Writing up accurate quotes is a time consuming and difficult process, and without a budget you will get widely varying quotes for which appears to be the same project on the surface, but the details make the difference. Examples: My typical kitchen costs 10-20K fully installed some less, some more depending on size and details. Countertops are generally $50-$75+ per sqft. Electrical & Plumbing $250-$2500 + each. Framing, Drywall, Finishing $500-$5000+.
The next step in the process is to meet with someone in the field to work on a layout. You can work with a designer, a builder, or myself. I will typically come to your home/site to meet with you to discuss the details of what you are looking to do, and take measurements. I will then provide you with a design and quote based on our discussion. I can also base a quote and design on plans you provide. All of my initial designs and quotes are free of charge.
The next step in the process is for me to fabricate and install the kitchen of your dreams that will last for many years to come.
As a side note. When it comes to choosing a contractor there are more factors to keep in mind than price. You have probably been told to get at least three quotes from different contractors. This is not necessarily a bad practice, but it can lead to misinformed decisions. All contractors quote, and build differently and this will lead to widely varying quotes. Is the quote a rough estimate or a firm price? Are all the details, materials, and allowances the same? Is the workmanship and attention to detail the same? More important than saving a little money is professionalism, honesty, communication, knowledge, and the ability to perform the task at hand. Without keeping these factors in mind you will likely either not get what you wanted, pay far more than you expected/needed to, or both.
Thank you for your interest and I hope you find this helpful.
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