See below for answers to some of our frequently asked questions.
How long will it take to design my kitchen remodel?
While the length varies from project to project, we tell our clients the more thought that goes into the kitchen the better. We ask what the most important aspects of the current kitchen are, what features they really don't like and finally what some of the "must haves" of the new space are. We can then begin the careful balance between design and budget to craft a timeless and functional space. This process can take weeks or even months before we narrow down our final design choices.
Can I add a gas stove to an all electric home?
Yes! Gas stoves are becoming increasingly popular and we're often called upon to convert the stove in a new space to gas by adding a small propane tank to the exterior of the house and running a line to the new stove. We also find this is a great opportunity to install an emergency generator as well!
Can I reuse my kitchen cabinets?
If the current footprint is functional and the cabinets are in good shape, we can re-use them as they stand or have the re-finished with a new coat of paint. We find we can sometimes change the look and feel of the cabinets entirely with a fresh coat of paint and some updated hardware. If our clients do find the cabinets need to be swapped out, many times we can donate the existing cabinets to a local charity - saving landfill space AND scoring them a potential tax credit!
What types of kitchen countertops are best?
While many of our clients still prefer natural stones like marble and granite, we have found an increasing number opting for some of the newer man-made products such as Aurea. Products like Aurea provide a nearly identical look to the traditional product they want but provide a significantly more durable surface with much less maintenance. Lastly, we still have clients who opt for the timeless and warm allure of a wood top such as walnut, teak or maple.
How many electrical outlets does my kitchen need?
This will be dictated by local building code, but we find that our more functional kitchens end up with many more outlets than required. We often use different techniques to minimize or hide the appearances of these - undercounter outlet strips, pop-up island pugs and faceplates made from the same counter material are some of our favorite tricks!
What will it cost to remodel my kitchen?
Every space and client are different and costs can vary widely. Our best advice is always be wary of the low-priced offer that seems out of place - it often is!
Are there costs associated with the design phase?
Often times no. Many of the designers and cabinet manufacturers we work with will provide this service as a courtesy to our clients with the understanding that they will be considered for the project. We will occasionally ask an architect to get involved when the project grows past the scope of simply replacing cabinets and grows to the point of moving structural walls or adding space to the house that didn't previously exist.
How long will it take to remodel my bathroom?
A typical master bath remodel takes between 4-6 weeks from start to finish.
How do I choose a new toilet?
It's really a matter of personal preference; there are so many choices. We often call on some of our trusted showrooms to help our clients choose from the different styles and options - having the option of seeing the product in person (not on a webpage or in a box) provides as much incite as we need.
Why is a tile shower expensive to replace?
If you consider the fact that you will most likely do this only once and that you would like to do it right, it is not that expensive. We always advise our clients to start from scratch as we don't want to want to trust what we can't see. We have found the right steps take time and the correct materials to make sure there are no mishaps. Lastly, we always enlist skilled, licensed, & insured tradespeople to construct the best possible product.
What is involved with replacing a bathroom shower?
Experience has taught us to never trust what we can't see and recommend removing all the current materials - allowing us to correct any damage that may have previously occurred & start with a clean slate. We will then run new plumbing, electric and apply the proper insulation to ensure your house is meeting current building and energy codes. Lastly, we work closely with our clients and their/our design team to the details are as they should be to produce the best possible result.