09 | 10 | 2013Tips on starting your kitchen remodel
So you’re thinking about a kitchen remodel? This is a project that most people will only do once in a lifetime. Here’s some information that will hopefully make your showroom selection a success.
First, decide on the scope of the work to be done, as well as the budget you have to work with. Since this may be your first remodel or you haven’t done one in decades, these decisions could be overwhelming. In our market, to remodel an average-size kitchen with stock cabinetry and granite will cost up to $10,000. A semi-custom kitchen could range between $10,000- $20,000. Pricing for a custom kitchen with many deluxe features typically starts at $20,000.
Next, visit a kitchen showroom and meet with a designer to develop initial plans and determine pricing. This process will give you a sense of what you can do with your space. From there, you should seek out two more showrooms to compare pricing. It is important to stick closely to the original showroom’s design and cabinet specifications. This will ensure that you have a true price comparison because not all cabinets are created equal. There will be time to modify the designs and options once you select the designer you want to move forward with.
From the initial pricing process you should have a good idea which designer you felt most comfortable with. Was he or she knowledgeable? Did he answer your questions? Was she open with information and details? If they were not transparent or easy to work with during the pricing phase how will they be during the construction process?
In the end, your decision should be based on your connection with the designer, the products offered, the design options and, of course, pricing.
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