Frequently Asked Questions
How much will my kitchen cost?
It can really vary. The age and
shape of your house, the size of your kitchen, the amount of work required
and the quality and scope of the materials and details chosen are just a few
of the variables. According to Remodeling Magazine —national averages for a complete kitchen with mid-range selections
run from $21,246 for a minor remodel to $56,611 for a major remodel, and the average for what is called an upscale
kitchen is $110,964. Check it out —
2008-09 Cost vs Value . Your mileage may vary. We still can do quality
kitchens starting under $10,000 for a moderate size room that does not
require much construction.
How can I establish a budget that
works for me?
In our industry, a lot of
companies will ask you for your budget. It seems difficult to establish a
budget when you don’t know what it means for your kitchen. The national or
regional averages, like those above, are not much help except as a point of
reference. You will have your own preferences and your home is not the same
as everyone else’s, so your design and construction issues will be unique.
We take a little different
approach. We believe the budget should evolve. After meeting in your home
and discussing some ideas, we will put together both a preliminary design
and pricing to help establish a starting point. We usually price several
selections from one or more cabinet lines and a range of countertop
possibilities along with allowances for all of the remaining selections you
will need to make. It will be much easier to make selections of cabinets,
countertops, etc. when you can see how much they cost and how they affect
the overall project cost. Modification of the design and the scope of work
can also have an impact on the budget. Now that you can see what things cost
it will be easier to establish your budget and decide what you want to
include in your new kitchen.
How long will it take to have my
new kitchen installed?
Replacing cabinets can take as
little as 2 to 3 days, more for a larger kitchen or an intricate design. If
the counters can be ordered ahead the kitchen could possibly be completed in
the same time. If counters have to be measured after the cabinets are
installed—it can take an additional 2 to 3 weeks to fabricate and install
the countertops. Additional time is required for any needed plumbing,
electric or construction work, flooring, backsplash work and painting and
decorating. For a kitchen project that includes construction, electric,
lighting, etc. it is not unusual for it to take 4 to 6 weeks from start to
the installation of the tops with additional time for finish work like
backsplash, flooring and painting.
Will we be without a sink for
Maybe, if there is substantial
construction involved. Our goal is to have the countertops measured as soon
as possible in the process. Other work can proceed after the tops are
measured while we are “on-the-clock” for the countertop installation. We can put
in a temporary sink after the countertop measure to help you get by while
waiting for your countertops.
Do you help with product
selections, pros and cons of materials, etc?
Of course. We usually price
several levels of cabinet and counter selections so you can get a feel for
the cost versus the quality and style that you have to choose from.
Typically, we will try to suggest products that are consistent with the
quality of the cabinets and counters that you choose. We will try to make
sure many possibilities are considered.
How do you compare to other
We are factory authorized dealers
for several cabinet lines and countertop manufacturers. Our cabinet lines
range from good quality production cabinets through medium to high end
custom lines. This purchasing power gives us quite a range of products to
accommodate various tastes and also a wide range of prices, medium to high
end. Because we purchase directly from the factories, we are competitive
with any retailer, distributor or outlet, including home centers and builder
distributors. In fact, our low overhead usually allows us to price a little
under most other cabinet sellers.
Our unique advantage
· Professional, creative
· Detailed product knowledge
· Extensive specialized
kitchen installation experience and knowledge
· Good purchasing power
· Relatively low overhead
· Full service – from ideas,
design, product selection, complete installation / construction
Add our penchant for listening to
a customer and considering a project successful only if the customer
considers it successful and we think you will agree that there is not a
better value in kitchen remodeling.
What if we only need cabinets and
counter tops because we already have a contractor?
We are glad to work with you. We
are a great choice because of our design and construction experience. We
will design and specify exactly like we would if we were installing. This
means that your plans will be complete, detailed and ordered with all of the
material needed to complete your unique design and features. We are glad to
stop by any time during the installation for clarification, questions or
advice. We work well with most contractors, they know that we know what we
are talking about. Most contractors are all too familiar with kitchens from
other sources that come with poor planning and documentation, without enough
moldings, with parts missing or other various problems, delaying the