- The best way to start is by knowing at least these two things: 1) What do you want to accomplish by doing the remodel, and 2) The style and color scheme you want. The internet has an enormous amount of information and pictures. Magazines are a great way to cut and save clippings. Start a small notebook or folder to keep your ideas in. Get help from family and friends or even hire an interior decorator to help you with these decisions. Once you are comfortable with these decisions, we can help you with the layout. Make an appointment with a designer in our showroom where we also have door and countertop samples. What we do not have, we can order samples of. See our Remodeling Journey page.
- An average kitchen remodel takes approximately 6-8 weeks depending on variables specific to each job. If we’re just replacing the existing flooring footprint with no plumbing, electrical or drywall work needed, the timeline is much shorter. Usually 2-3 weeks. Cabinet refacing is generally less than a week.
- Since the cabinet build time is usually the longest lead time item, the timeline normally hinges on the cabinet completion date. The cabinet lead times do vary depending on how busy we are. Once all decisions are finalized, a deposit is made and the cabinets are put into production. They can take from 2-8 weeks or even longer to build depending on the type of cabinet, construction, finish type and color, and more. When we determine the cabinet completion date, that date will be our target date to have the jobsite ready for cabinet installation unless there is another item with a longer lead time. Ideally, all items needed to complete the job are ready before they are needed.
Keeping in mind that the larger the job, the more variables are involved and the higher the chances are that somewhere along the line issues can arise, whether it be a lead time issue or some unknown complication that arises during the process. Unknown complications can be anything from electrical to plumbing to unexposed dry rot, mold, etc. The key to dealing with these complications is how quickly they can be dealt with while keeping the project moving forward.
The timeline for a typical remodel:
1) The demo where we remove all items being replaced, such as cabinetry, countertops, appliances, flooring, soffits or dropped ceiling, etc.
2) Framing, if needed.
3) Plumbing and electrical, if needed.
4) Drywall and texture.
6) Install Lighting/fixtures.
7) Cabinet and hardware installation.
9) Countertop and Backsplash.
10) Plumbing hook-ups and appliance installation.
- All our cabinetry comes with a limited warranty. Kraftmaid Cabinetry and Merillat Masterpiece Cabinetry have a limited lifetime warranty. Merillat Classic is 25 years and Merillat Essentials is 5 years. Quality WoodStar series is 1 year. Quality series is 5 years.
- That's really a trick question, because the answer depends on what you're looking for in a countertop. If you want a real 100% natural look with lots of grain and movement, granite is your answer. If you want very little maintenance, quartz is your answer. Visit our Countertops page for more information.
- Of course! We only ask that you make sure the installer is competent and qualified. If we are only providing you with the cabinets, the contractor or cabinet installer will assume the responsibility for all dimensions and installation issues that may arise. Issues can be anything from out-of-square framing in the home to uneven concrete or sub-flooring and much more.
Our role in your remodel or new construction project can be as little or as much as you require. It is very common for us to work with our customer’s existing trusted contractors who are doing most of the work and we just provide cabinets, countertops, and installation thereof.
- Although moving out is common if it's a major remodel, it is normally not necessary. Part of what we pride ourselves in is taking care of our customers' homes while they are living there. We certainly realize that while you are living there during the process you are dealing the construction phases when you are there, so we do our best to be timely and clean up daily. Messy? While keeping in mind that it is a construction project, we do our best to control dust and noise, people coming and going, deliveries, while answering your questions along the way.
- Starting times will vary depending on a number of things. We can pre-arrange daily start times with you to accommodate your schedule as much as we can, but because of material needs, and other variables we can't always start at the same time each day. You don't need to be there all the time, just available by phone if a question arises. Since our schedules aren't the same it is usually best if we provide a lock box to gain entry in the event you are not there. In our company's history, we have never had a complaint arising from trust issues, and once you meet our team you will understand why.
Any other questions you may have, call or email us and we will gladly respond.
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