Construction crews have left your home now and it is time to put your space back together with the last details.
Now that everything is in its place and the dust has literally settled, it’s time to clean up. As was mentioned in our article on Part 3; if you used a contractor some cleanup may be included in their estimate. This is probably basic and may not include wiping down all of the surfaces. Your new cabinets will be dusty inside and out. First from being assembled in the shop, then from installation, and finally from the countertops and appliances being put in. Hopefully, the dust barriers you put in place helped some, but you should still plan a large chunk of time to devote to the task of straightening up.
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If you have a tendency to procrastinate, you’re in luck. Your tile backsplash can be decided on and installed after you’ve lived in your kitchen for awhile. In fact, mine wasn’t installed until after 6 weeks of using our kitchen. We had narrowed our selections down to three options and my husband requested to wait on deciding until he could “see it all come together”. Once it was all together we went with my original selection from months earlier…..happy wife, happy life, right?
All of the photos and prints you took down to avoid being damaged can now be put back into space. Since the walls have likely been freshly painted you can get creative with the way you rehang your photos. Mixing frame sizes and finishes is gaining popularity. Now that you’re living in the renovated space you will most likely want to buy some new artwork to bring the space together. Don’t be afraid to play with scale and color when making art purchases. If you live with something for awhile and don’t love it then you can always switch it out. That is what makes decorating with artwork so fun.
Finding a place for everything
Great storage with drawers.
Restocking your new cabinets is an exciting time. Think through where you want to put things based on how you utilize the space. You probably planned this out with your kitchen designer in advance, but now you can put your plan to work. I’m talking about all the utensil dividers, spice pullouts, mixer lifts, custom corner storage, etc. At Walker Woodworking they pride themselves on making use of every square inch available. My favorite part of my new kitchen was using my silverware drawer. We had not previously had one close to the sink in our old 80’s kitchen, so we’d been using a silverware tray set in an upper cabinet. I now have a huge silverware drawer with a custom divider and knife block inside, courtesy of Walker Woodworking.
Now for the fun part. If you’re like me you may be thinking “How on Earth will I fill all of these cabinets?” Believe me, you will be able to. When I had gone shopping prior to our renovation I had to buy only necessities for the next meal; due to having very little extra pantry storage in our kitchen. We now have a snack drawer, bread drawer, sippy cup drawer, a full tall pantry cabinet, places for stock pots, crock pots, storage for my broom/swiffer, and even a recycling nook. I love being able to shop knowing that I have space for all the food to fit in my kitchen.
Cook and enjoy
You can now use all of your wonderful appliances and the gorgeous new deep sink you put in. Once in your new kitchen, you can branch out and try some new exciting recipes. Hopefully, you will be inspired to move beyond the microwave for cooking and learn some new techniques. The only bad news is that using your kitchen means it will get dirty again. Have fun in your new space……cook, clean, rinse, and repeat.
Article by guest blogger Jeneane Beaver, former Designer at Walker Woodworking.
“Having worked with Walker Woodworking for 7 years, I have the opportunity to share my experiences as a designer as well as a client, I remodeled my own kitchen in 2012.” ~ Jeneane Beaver
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Check out the other parts of our remodeling series.
We continue our remodeling 101 series with part 2 – making selections for a kitchen remodel project. A remodel is like a journey, so to speak. To make a journey successful and memorable, much planning must take place. The purpose for the journey must be established up front, of course. Financially, plans must be made and adhered to. Small details must be addressed while at the same time, the big picture of the journey must not be lost in the details. Otherwise, the journey may result in a miserable experience for everyone involved. Avoid these types of problems when planning for a kitchen remodel.
Let’s get started
Now that you have determined your budget goals (Remodeling 101 Part 1: Budgeting and Planning Remodel), it’s time to talk “ design.” A kitchen remodel must begin with focus on planning and designing for the space you have. Cabinetry will most likely consume the majority of your budget in the kitchen and will dictate the space and layout.
A major kitchen remodel must be completed in the right order for maximum efficiency. Working with an experienced kitchen designer is a key factor to obtaining the best layout for function, organization, aesthetics and overall flow of your kitchen remodel.
A kitchen designer can help you with all the elements involved and will suggest that you make your selections in this order. Consider the Selection Guide shown here:
Cabinetry design & space planning
Countertop material & finishes
Sinks & fixtures
While the Selection Guide may seem daunting and overwhelming, the biggest factor is to understand all the possibilities up-front instead of as an afterthought. Please note that cabinets are mentioned 3 times in this process. After 15 plus years of remodeling kitchens, we know the process that works best for most of our clients. The only time the process doesn’t follow this order – is when the planning & design function is completely left up to the designer. (Omitting the client)
Keep in mind that this Selection Guidewill provide the order in which your decisions should be made. It’s okay to be thinking about all of these components at the same time. But, ideally this is the order that works best for most clients, even those that are well organized and know exactly what they want. Based on our past experiences with our clients, the more our designers use the Selection Guide with clients, the better satisfied the clients are with the final product. Now, let’s break down each step.
Cabinetry design & space planning in your kitchen layout.
Cabinetry design & space planning
During this stage of the process, you really should postpone thoughts of everything else and focus on designing your space. When remodeling a kitchen, think function, efficiency, style and longevity. Choose cabinets you love and a layout that works for your family’s lifestyle. If you like to cook, organizing your kitchen for your cooking style may be your priority. Let’s say that you love to entertain in your kitchen. If so, you need a layout that allows for people in your kitchen while maintaining your work zone. Maybe you want your kitchen to be the main command center in your home. A desk area where you would sort mail and work on your computer may be needed. Of course some people like the “WOW factor,” and insist on the newest styles and trends. Kitchens are used in different ways by couples and families. Allow your cabinet design & space planning to meet your specific goals. Needless to say, the majority of our client time is used for design & space planning.
Appliances need to be selected early in the process. Location and sizes are important in design.
If you thought about appliances during your budgeting phase, you probably have an idea of the features you would like. In order to finalize your cabinet design, you need to make your final appliance selections. Size matters and depending on your selections, you may gain or lose space for your cabinets. So plan carefully and discuss your decision with your design team.
I am sure by now you have been thinking about what type of flooring to use. Many people already have hardwood floors in their kitchen and opt to have those refinished for a fresh new look. Changing out and replacing your floors can be an expensive part of the project compared to keeping and refinishing an existing floor. Before you make other finish selections, we recommend you give much consideration to the flooring selection.
Choose cabinet finishes
Over the years we have found that often people approach cabinet design with a picture. And while we can certainly replicate most finishes, we can’t make a picture of a kitchen fit into your space. Once you have decided on the cabinet design and your appliances, (the most expensive parts of the remodel), you can think about your finishes. We provide sample finishes in our showroom from which our customers may make the selections. If a custom sample is needed we usually start with a selection of crown molding in order to establish a color. Once that decision is made, we provide a sample cabinet door. Sample cabinet doors will prove to be invaluable when you are ready to select the countertops and backsplash that you prefer.
Cabinet finishes, counter-tops and tile backsplash bring together all the elements for the final touches.
Countertop material & finishes
Now that you have your cabinet finishes selected, it’s time to shop around for the perfect countertop. The options are only limited by your budget as price is usually based upon the type of material used and the quantity available. Of course the most common material used today is granite, but marble and man-made stones are in very close second place.
Often you can select your backsplash at the same time you select your countertops. It’s highly recommended to make an appointment when you decide to shop around for tile and granite, the most popular choices for a backsplash. When you enter a showroom with an appointment, you are more likely to be served quickly. Be sure to bring an elevation view of your design drawings so the vendor will be able to provide a quick estimate of materials that you will need for the backsplash. For the visit to your first vendor, we recommend that you allow yourself at least 1 hour for your tile presentation /discussion and 1 hour for your granite presentation/discussion. By the time you visit your next vendor, you will be much more informed about what you are looking for and can narrow your selections down much faster. We would advise that you to visit only two vendors per day. Too much information and too many choices can be overwhelming.
For a bathroom remodel
If you are working on a bathroom project and plan to have floor and wall tile with several patterns and pieces, you will need to schedule two hours at each showroom.
This homeowner chose to use antique brass for her lighting, fixtures and hardware finishes.
Sinks & fixtures
Selecting your sink and fixtures will likely be the easiest decisions to make. However, keep in mind that specs for farm sinks, apron front sinks, and oversized sinks need to be provided to your cabinet designer early in the planning stage. Nothing can be more disappointing than having a sink too big for your countertop due to lack of communication. Clients tend to worry about fixture finishes. There is no right or wrong selections when it comes to mixing metals. For example, a stainless steel sink and faucet will complement just about any type of hardware or light fixtures.
Lighting can be a great selection to add a touch of your own personality. Many people consider lights to be a complement to the kitchen design. Selecting the perfect pendants or chandelier can be time consuming with so many options available online. We recommend selecting lighting components that will provide you with plenty of light, that are easy to clean, and will add charm to your kitchen.
Cabinet hardware has improved greatly in the last 15 years. With so many options, narrowing down your favorites can prove difficult. As much as we would love for hardware to be selected when the cabinet finishes are selected, it is rarely the reality. Clients tend to let hardware be one of the final decisions they make. Selecting the perfect hardware for your kitchen is, of course, another big decision. We understand that you want the hardware to coordinate with all of your other selections. It can be difficult to visualize which hardware will look best. For example, some pieces are minimal while others are bulky. Don’t hesitate to seek the advice of your kitchen and bath designer. Having seen many styles and finishes over the years, we have a good idea about which pieces look really great and those that only look OK.
ONE STEP AT A TIME
Taking things one-step-at-a-time and having the guidance of a kitchen and bath designer will make your kitchen remodel a more enjoyable experience. Following our recommended order in the Selection Guide will allow you to soar through the process with all decisions made at the appropriate times. Kitchen and bath designers can help with as little or as much of the process as you need. Some of our clients prefer to take an active role in making the decisions while others leave all the options to us.
The scope of your project will determine how long this process takes. The process of simply removing old cabinets and installing new ones is definitely less complicated than removing walls and/or changing plumbing and electrical locations. Whatever the scope of your project may be, please maintain patience and focus so that you will be pleased with the end result.
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Does remodeling your kitchen and bath seem so intimidating that you are not sure where you should begin?
Do you want to remodel but can’t get started because you know you must stay within a certain budget?
Whether you are planning a kitchen or bath remodeling project, or some portion of that, the questions stated above are the common obstacles that keep many people from taking on what may seem like the daunting task of getting the process started.
It has been our experience over the years that most people want to know what the overall project will cost before they start. If the project is out of your total budget then you may have to re-evaluate what you can realistically afford or make decisions on how you want to spend the funds you have.
Not so fast…
Cabinets are probably the first thing most people think about when remodeling a kitchen. Cabinets can be a major portion of the expense of a kitchen remodel but not necessarily the most expensive. Most people don’t realize what cabinets, countertops and appliances really cost. Discussing these topics with a professional will help you make the most of your budget by explaining the different options and the cost of each.
How we integrate this into our process.
Getting a ‘budget analysis’ is the first step we like to start with to help our clients narrow down expenses for each part of the remodel task. We determine the products that are needed and the amount willing to be spent on them.
What is a “Budget Analysis”?
A budget analysis will give you an idea of what the scope of your project will cost. We have found that this method is very beneficial for all of our clients. We simply take some preset formulas, add them with measurements in your home and then discuss each element of the project with your preferences to determine an estimated cost.
So how exactly does the Budget Analysis work?
For starters we will need to know some simple things, we ask A LOT of questions. Are you keeping your same cabinet layout or starting with a fresh plan? Do you want to remove walls to open up your space? Are any of the walls that you want to move load bearing? Are you wanting to add a new addition to your home?
Determine how to spend your budget.
Another area of important topics that we will ask; What is the purpose of remodeling? Are you remodeling to sell? Is this your forever home? Are you updating to get newer appliances? What is the value of your home? This will help determine what your budget levels should be.
As an example, Walker Woodworking offers 3 types of cabinetry; basic-standard cabinets, semi-custom cabinets and custom cabinets. The price difference can vary from 30% to 50%. If you are updating your kitchen in order to sell in a couple of years, you may not want to spend your budget on custom cabinets.
Other options; you can mix and match cabinets. Let’s say you have a fairly large kitchen or you want to splurge on appliances. You can spend less money by purchasing semi-custom cabinets and have a custom hood built. There are solutions for most situations. We help our clients get the most out of what they want to spend while making their space functional and unique to their lifestyle.
Are you overwhelmed yet?
Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the questions. People remodel for many different reasons. By determining what your goals are will ultimately help you determine where you should invest your budget. As professionals of our industry, we are here to help guide you along the way.
At our very first meeting with our clients we discuss budget. By asking questions and taking some simple measurements, we will leave you with a budget we feel is a close estimate of your project. Is it exact science? Of course not, but we are usually within 8% of the actual cost. This process can take up to 2 hours or more depending on the scope of the project.
Don’t be discouraged by the numbers, there are always ways to save. Once you make your final selections you still have plenty of ways to decide what you want to spend your money on.
Once you have settled on a budget that you feel comfortable with, it’s time to make selections.
A four-part educational series of expectations when remodeling your kitchen or bathroom.
Over the years HGTV has made remodeling look so simple and easy that most people don’t realize how much planning really goes into making that 60 minute show happen from start to finish. Even the experts usually have a budget to work with and a timeline to stick to. So let’s be realistic. What is it really going to take to get your project started?
Working through each step of the remodeling process can help you determine if you are ready to have your home ‘under construction’. Is the project within your budget? And is the timing right?
Here at Walker Woodworking we take a different approach to remodeling, making the kitchen or bath remodel process easier for everyone. During this four-part series we will look at the 4 phases of remodeling. We will also give you some great planning and budgeting tips to consider.
Phase 1: Planning & Budget. Starting your remodeling project with a realistic budget will save you time, money, and disappointment.
Phase 2: Making your selections. Finalize your decisions.
Phase 3: Tearing it all out and replacing it with new – what you can expect during this part of the process.
Phase 4: Finishing touches, getting those final details completed.
How to update your kitchen from this. ~ Before photo
Before you get started on a remodeling project, consider the following tips to keep in mind.
Be prepared to take a little time off of work.
Keep in mind that kitchen & bath centers are usually open Monday – Friday, typically 9 to 5:30 – with limited Saturday hours. While a showroom may be open on a Saturday, you may not be able to meet with a professional designer during this time. You should be prepared to take some time off work to meet with various professionals in order to make necessary decisions to complete your project.
Think realistically about your lifestyle.
We like to know as much as possible about a client’s habits, likes, and dislikes. Many people have an unrealistic vision of how they will live once they have a new kitchen. As professionals, we have to design for real life, not fantasy. Having your kitchen organized and functional can make your daily tasks easier.
Don’t get stuck on a fantasy wish list.
When selecting items to add to your kitchen, ask yourself – Is this essential and worth the cost? For example you may want a pot filler, a faucet on the wall behind the stove. It can cost about $1,000. Is it worth the extra expense? Maybe you would rather use those funds on a nicer tile for your back-splash.
You will need a lot of patience. Major renovations are not completed quickly.
Most likely, it will take much longer than you thought. Including the planning process, most renovations take a minimum of three to six months and more likely nine months. If this is a major renovation and you can vacate your house during the construction, this would be most ideal. Your life will be less chaotic, your nerves less frazzled, and the job will go faster.
Don’t focus on perfection until everything is finished.
Delivery and installation can be tense. There’s been a lot of anticipation and when the big day comes, the truck arrives, and clients begin to ask questions. Walk away and give the installers a chance to install your cabinets. When you come back you will be surprised and amazed.
Appliances are expensive.
Appliances can be as much as 40% of your total remodel budget — especially if you’re hung up on brand names. For most people, the only major difference between ordinary and professional appliances is price! But people who take their cooking seriously, are often willing to spend the extra money. Pro appliances are more robust, more powerful, less disposable, faster, and will handle more heat. They look and in fact, they are better designed.
Do you really need all of that counter space?
People think too big, too grand. They often want too much. For example, If you think an island can’t be too big, you’re wrong! Bigger is not always better. We design our islands to meet the client needs and proportion with the kitchen space. We have actually built islands that can’t be reached in the center simply because the customer didn’t listen to their designer’s advice.
Keep your kitchen modest if you care about resale value.
You want the look and design to be timeless, not trendy. Resist your impulse to be creative and experimental with your materials. Keep your door style simple and your colors neutral. For example, think white, with a gray or brown stained island. You want to use well-respected brands for cabinetry and appliances, even if you have to spend more than you’d like. You want the association of quality attached to your kitchen.
Spend what your kitchen deserves.
If you want your kitchen to look amazing, don’t spend too little. Doing it on the cheap end often looks like…well…what it is. Remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”
Research your designer before signing a contract.
How long has the company been in business? Who owns the company and are they accessible? Don’t just ask for references. Anybody can come up with a good reference. Do your own research. Most importantly, if you’re told a price that seems too good to be true…it is.
Now that you have had a few tips to consider, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty details.
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What is the difference between Custom, Semi-custom and Stock cabinets?
If you’ve already renovated a kitchen or are just beginning the process, you know how overwhelming the details can be. One of the many things to consider is whether or not you want to purchase custom or semi-custom cabinets and what the differences are. This blog will primarily focus on the differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom kitchen cabinets.
The first thing to know when noting differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinets is that the terms refer to the type of production methods used to make the cabinets, and not to the quality of the cabinets. If you want more information about the quality of materials and construction methods, then you can find that in this blog. (stacey will link)
Stock Cabinets by Wellborn
Stock cabinets are readymade, pre-manufactured cabinets, meaning they’re mass-produced in a factory and ready to ship when ordered. They’re sold in modular units, and no customization is available. What you see is what you get! The advantages of stock cabinets are affordability and a quick delivery time. However, you usually have a limited selection of styles, shapes, colors, wood types, etc. Delivery time is typically 1 to 3 weeks from the time of your order.
We recommend using stock cabinets if:
You are looking for a low cost solution to your cabinetry needs.
You can save money by installing them yourself.
Stock cabinetry is the quickest solution if time is a factor.
The disadvantages of Stock Cabinetry:
Finish & color selections are limited.
There are standard height dimensions for base, wall, vanity and tall cabinets. Stock cabinets cannot be modified.
Generally stock cabinets will last 5 – 10 years.
Standard Width: Start at 9″ with 3″ increments to 48″
Standard Depth: 12″ for wall cabinets, 24″ for oven, base, and utility cabinets.
Semi-custom cabinets are basically stock cabinets with extra detailing options. The basic cabinet sizes still apply, but consumers have the option to change certain dimensions, like resizing the cabinet drawers and door fronts, or increasing/decreasing the cabinet depth. The advantages of semi-custom cabinets is that you get the feeling you have some individual input into the design (however limited) without the cost of full-on custom cabinets. Sometimes that’s all you need to get great cabinets without the expense of a custom job. Semi-custom truly is the best of both worlds. Delivery time is typically 3 to 8 weeks from the time of your order.
We recommend using Semi-Custom cabinets if:
Semi-custom cabinets offer a great balance between stock & custom cabinetry. A budget friendly choice for a simple upgrade to your home.
Incorporate stock options with modifications and customization to feel as if you are involved in the design phase.
Quick lead times can make the process move along faster.
The disadvantages of Semi- Cabinets:
Hardware: better quality hinges and slides are available as an upgrade only.
Construction: Although made to the client’s size requirements, semi-custom cabinets are predetermined sizes and often fillers are used to fill areas which can limit your storage options.
Semi cabinetry typically will last in the home / office 10 – 20 years.
Standard Width: Start at 9″ with 1″ increments to 48″
Standard Depth: Can be reduced or increased according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Custom cabinets are built to your specifications, so they can be pretty much anything you want! When designing custom cabinets, we start with your floorplan and window and door locations. We then determine what your appliance preferences are and then we custom design your cabinets around that incorporating all your accessory and storage ideas. Because of this, custom cabinets are expensive, labor-intensive, and usually take a few weeks or months to complete. Custom cabinets are built by skilled carpenters, and manufactured on a build-to-order basis.
We recommend using Custom cabinets if:
You are building a new home or if your floor plan is more complex and requires customization by not using standard sizes. Custom cabinets are built to fit.
Custom cabinets allow the consumer complete freedom in the design, style and construction of the cabinetry. You don’t have to settle for average, you can add all the bells and whistles!
Custom cabinetry is built to last a lifetime.
The disadvantages of Custom Cabinets:
Timing: generally custom cabinets take the longest. The design and construction phase are more detailed. All work is done by skilled craftsman, therefore the production takes longer.
Huge cost difference: No doubt custom is the most expensive of the three, but the value received will be well worth it!
I wish I could come with another negative but I can’t. If you plan on living in your home for a long time and quality is very important, then custom is for you!
Standard Width: Customizable
Standard Depth: Customizable
The Biggest Difference is PRICE
As you may have guessed, the more options you have with customization, the higher the overall price will be. Another advantage to having more custom options is that you are usually able to get a lot more storage gadgets such as spice pullouts and drawer organizers. Rev-A-Shelf has an endless supply of items that can be added into custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets. The ability to build custom hoods can also add a unique complement to your overall design. Some Kitchen and bath dealers (like us) have the ability to provide semi-custom cabinets while being able to offer custom built pieces such as a hood or hutch as enhancements to your order of kitchen cabinets.
The possibilities are endless, you just need a creative designer to make it happen. Afterall, your kitchen is the heart of the home, where you and your family spend lots of time, and you’ll want it to be functional, durable, and beautiful!