“I want a kitchen that looks great and is affordable”
When you start thinking about remodeling, you have a lot of decisions to make. Perhaps one of your biggest fears is making expensive mistakes, or not knowing where to start. That’s why it’s really important to work with a contractor who can help you with everything:
Kitchen design and remodeling would not be complete without functional and aesthetically appealing cabinets. Custom made cabinets not only hold important things you’ll use but also contribute to the overall appearance of the area. With the services offered by Aegean Designing Whims, you can be certain that your kitchen will be a fun place to be in and that food preparation will be more exciting.
Ask About Refacing…
If your cabinets are in good shape and you’re happy with the configuration, maybe re-facing could be an alternate solution to complete replacement. We’ll be happy to help you figure out if this is an option. You can select from many cabinet door styles, and use any color or stain you like. Read more about kitchen cabinet refacing.
Beginning your Kitchen Remodel
Choosing the right design professional is an important decision for your project’s success.
- Your designer should be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in kitchen design as well as mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
- They should adhere to a strict code of conduct.
- They should be a member of a leading kitchen and bath industry professional organization, like NKBA, National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Your design process starts with your wants and needs. For a kitchen, among the first steps is to determine your appliances. There are many models to choose from and these models come in many sizes and functions. There is no standard size. Your cabinetry has to conform to the appliance space requirements.
Most appliances would be designed with cabinetry or surfaces on either side of and above them. Your appliance choices greatly affect your design.
You will also need to select your materials, colors and textures. Your design style will help to determine some of this. The amount of your investment will also affect your design as even a small kitchen can be designed at least a hundred different ways; from basic to elaborate, using many detailed moldings and plant-ons.
Glass or metal back splashes can also add interest to an otherwise basic design.
All of this will affect price, so it’s best to determine this before we start your design. We can help you with all of your decisions through the design process, following guidelines with design style and flair, all the while remaining within your individual budget constraints.
The Design Process
- Initial Meeting: Meeting first in our showroom really helps us get an idea of the materials you’re interested in using. If you can, start looking through magazines for pictures of kitchens you like, as this helps us a lot when coming up with ideas for you. Then we can give you some idea of what kitchens are costing today.
- Home Visit: We will schedule a visit to your home to give you a ballpark figure of what your kitchen will most likely cost.
- Design Phase: Once you decide to have us do your remodeling we charge $450 for our design which includes elevation plans, full color renderings, and construction details. When you decide to have us do your work, we apply the design fee to the job.
- Acquire Materials: We order all materials and receive them before we start your work. Our goal is to start and finish your project as quickly and smoothly as possible.
- Construction Phase: We work on your project until we finish. We don’t believe in starting too many jobs at a time. Our goal is to make sure you’re 100% satisfied with what we do for you.
- Before the cabinets arrive, decide where you’ll have a clean safe and enclosed area for us to temporarily store them.
- Move all artwork from walls behind where we’ll be working. Vibrations from the construction could cause damage.
- Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the remodeling begins. While it’s a great time to “spring clean” your shelves, don’t forget to label your boxes well. This will make unpacking a lot easier.
- Set up a temporary food station where you can make your coffee, and use your microwave
- There’s no way to avoid dust, although we do take every precaution. Cover furniture, fish tanks, or electronic equipment in nearby areas.
- Store fragile items away from the construction area.
- Don’t forget about your pets! Try to have an area in your home where they can be kept safely away from construction. If needed, this may be a perfect time for play dates!
- Since you’ll have to eat anyway, now’s the perfect time to make a list of restaurants you’ll want to eat at.
- Set up a place for all your (paper) plates, utensils, trash bags, paper towels, and other supplies. If you’re planning on eating at home, make sure your refrigerator is handy and filled with frozen meals.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kitchen Remodeling
- How long does a Kitchen Remodel take?
- Are you Licensed and Insured?
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