What are the advantages of using a Kitchen and Bath design firm over a General remodeling firm for my kitchen / bath project?
Our company specializes in kitchen and bath design. Just like you wouldn’t go to a general surgeon for hip surgery, you shouldn’t rely on a general contractor to give you the same attention to detail that a kitchen and bath designer would. We are immersed daily in the hundreds of details required to design, engineer and install your new kitchen/bath. We can take your project from a rather mundane kitchen/bath remodel into something quite extraordinary.
How long does a typical Kitchen Remodeling project take?
A typical mid-size kitchen or bath remodel takes about 6-8 weeks to complete. This is the actual time your space will be out of commission. Before work begins, the upfront planning process typically takes 1-2 months, and the time needed to allow for materials to be produced can take 1-3 months. So, from start to finish, you should allow an approximate 6-month period from the time you start the planning process until the time the job is 100% completed. Again, this can vary widely depending on your project’s scope.
How much does it cost to remodel your kitchen?
It all depends… We find in areas we service we have completed total kitchen remodels for as little as $18,000 and as much as $120,000. If we were to give you an average for our area it would be around $35,000. Factors that weigh on the cost include size, design and material selections. What we do better than anyone is help you stay within your budget and we try to give you the biggest bang for the buck. We help with advice in material selections depending on whether you plan to move in 3-4 years or you are planning to retire and remain in your home of 25 plus years. This is what we do best, helping you manage your budget.
Our primary goal during the concept phase is to establish a realistic budget.
How much should I spend on my Kitchen Remodel?
Determine what amount is right for you when setting your budget; for the best return on investment, it is suggested that you budget 5 (minor renovation) to 15 (major renovation) percent of your home’s value for a kitchen renovation. Return on Investment can be from 65% to 80%.
Things to account for in your budget:
- Cabinets –- 40 percent of your budget
- Labor (including plumbing) –- 25 percent
- Countertops –- 12 percent
- Appliances –- 8 percent
- looring –- 7 percent
- Lighting/electrical –- 4 percent
- Wall covering –- 3 percent
- Miscellaneous –- 1 percent
Will your firm assist in the selection of all materials?
Included in all of our budget proposals is time to have your designer visit local suppliers to assist in selecting all materials needed. We typically include 6 hours. If additional time is needed a fee may apply ($75 per hour)
Does your firm coordinate all the trades involved in the project?
Yes, we provide a detailed scheduled that is signed off and confirmed by all our sub-contractors. This schedule is then forwarded to homeowners. While we cannot insure a 100% completion rate, we do strive to maintain completion in a timely manner. A copy of a typical schedule is available on this web site.
How can I be confident that your sub-contractors adhere to high standards if they are not employed by you?
L Designs’ reputation depends upon quality sub-contractors. Every sub-contractor is properly insured and is familiar with town building codes. Most important, we work with sub-contractors who can meet our standards for quality and customer service. Sub-contractors report directly to the project manager on the job every day, and we review the quality of all workmanship through detailed inspections.
How do I prepare for my kitchen renovation?
The kitchen is the heart of the home and it must perform particular tasks for homeowners and be a stunning gathering place that reflects their unique style. To accomplish this we suggest you focus on function first and decide on what appliances you find necessary to be included in your new design. This will provide us with the core to create your space around.
A great source for defining your style and design elements you would like to incorporate is Houzz (www.houzz.com). This site has MILLIONS of pictures and a great search engine. Simply type in your interest; “Arts and Crafts style kitchen” and hundreds on pictures will be displayed. We suggest creating an idea book and sharing it with us.
I noticed your firm uses hand drawings. Why not computer drawings?
I have worked with computer design programs since the 1990’s and we are very familiar with these products. However. I feel more comfortable and creative conceiving kitchen design concepts with pencil and paper.Additionally, most of our work is custom and difficult to recreate with design software. For me, I also become more intimate with the design, typically memorizing cabinet sizes, locations and specifications.