Posts Tagged ‘Inside a remodeling job’

The Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Three Different Ways to Update Your Cabinets

What if your kitchen needs more than a few touch ups? Specifically, what if your cabinets are looking a little dull, or they haven’t fully emerged from the 80s? In this case, I suggest you take a step up the kitchen remodel ladder and invest in what I like to call the “Kitchen Cabinet Makeover”.

The kitchen cabinet makeover comes in three flavors: refinishing existing cabinets, refacing existing cabinets, or replacing the cabinets altogether.

Refinishing existing cabinets is the least work intensive (i.e. least expensive) option of the three and entails sanding or stripping the old finish from the cabinet doors and then either painting or staining them.  Most clients also opt for new handles or pulls to complete the cabinet transformation. The total cost of refinishing will typically run $3,000 – $6,000 depending on how many cabinets the kitchen has, what kind of new finish is selected ,what type of new handles are chosen and if the project includes any additional small adjustments.

Refacing is more involved and, of course, more expensive. This process involves replacing the existing cabinet door and drawer fronts (the most expensive part of the cabinet), and refacing or veneering new material to the fronts and sides of the cabinets that are exposed.   If the client chooses a real wood replacement product, then it will need to be finished to match the color scheme of the new kitchen. Almost all clients who choose the refacing option also plunk down the extra bucks for new handles and pulls.  The refacing option typically starts at $8,000 and only goes up from there depending on the size and shape of the kitchen and the type of replacement door the client selects. It is not uncommon to see a final bill between $10,000 and $15,000.

Many people don’t realize that the costs of new cabinets without tear out and installation is often about the same price as refacing the old cabinets.  Consider also the return on investment. Refacing may yield a 10 to 15 year ROI, whereas new cabinets have a life cycle of 25 to 30 years. Also, if more than a few simple cabinet alterations are required along with refacing, the cost benefits of refacing quickly diminish.  Often, refacing is not the best value for your remodeling dollars, although for some, it is still a great solution, especially if resale or a short term investment is being considered.

Just the Countertops

Monday, August 1st, 2011

A Look at the Costs of New Countertops

So, you want a little more than a touch of powder and some new lipstick on your kitchen? Those who want the feel of a new kitchen without shelling out the big bucks might want to consider a basic Facelift option with new countertops thrown in.

It’s amazing how a new set of granite or stone countertops can really transform the look and feel of a kitchen. Of course, the price tag will begin to jump as you add more components to your remodel. Read below carefully so that you fully understand all the costs and additional options related to a countertop replacement.

Although other counter top options exist, most replacement tops in our area are made of either natural granite stone or engineered stone materials.  The average countertop job will include templating, fabrication, delivery and installation and will run about $3,000 to 6,000.

Depending on the project, additional costs may include the removal of the existing counter tops, replacing the sink, faucet, and garbage disposal and reinstalling or replacing the existing cooktop.  These extra costs and services can easily add another $1,500 to $2,500 to the bill.  If a new tile backsplash is in order, add on another $1,500 to $2,500 for materials and labor.

So, what often started out as a few thousand dollars for a new counter top can quickly grow into a $6,000 to $12,000 investment.  At this point, you may want to ask yourself how much longer the cabinets will really last, and if your kitchen remodel is a short term investment or long term.  If your cabinets are more than 20 to 30 years old, a replacement countertop may not be your best overall kitchen remodeling strategy.  Instead, you may want to read about refinishing, refacing or replacing cabinetry in the blog below.

Speak Your Mind!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Communication During a Remodeling Project is Crucial to Customer Satisfaction

If I were to list out all of the components required to pull off a successful remodeling project, near the top of my list you would find the word “communication”. Good communication is critical from the moment a perspective customer dials my number, throughout the entire remodeling project and beyond.

The Start of a Project

Most clients have a vision of what they want their finished room to look like.  Maybe they’ve been dreaming of their new kitchen for years, or saw the perfect bathroom in a home design magazine. Whatever they’ve been dreaming of, it is our job to listen carefully, provide an honest price quote and, if we are chosen for the project, to translate that dream into reality.

The Build Out or Remodel

Throughout the build out process, the client is apprised of the job’s progress.  In my case, I always have my cell phone on me and check my email regularly. I also have used the old-school technique of leaving a pad of paper at the job site. If I have a question or need to communicate with the client, I’ll write a note on the pad. The client can review and respond when they have time and write their own questions or comments.

For certain large-scale remodeling projects, I also request weekly meetings with the client to update them in person on how the project is moving along and to explain the next steps of the project.

The purpose of this communication is the make sure the client is informed at all times about the status of the project and that they are able to get a hold of me or my team with any questions or concerns at any time.

Project Completion

Even after the buzz saws have gone quiet and all the hammers have been put away, communication remains integral to the successful wrap up of the remodel project. After the room is complete, I will do a walk through with the client, allowing them to point out any areas of concern.  If problems do crop up, I will schedule a finish person to make any final adjustments that may be needed, based upon the client’s feedback.

About a month after the project is complete, I follow up with the client one more time. Now that they’ve had a chance to move in all their furniture and actually incorporate the room into their lives, I want to make sure they’re still 100% happy with the outcome of their project.

The K B Communication Commitment

Our goal at K B Design and Remodeling is to keep our client so well informed that they seldom need to call us with questions about their project.