Many home owners find themselves in the unenviable position of being the General Contractor on their Kitchen and Bath Remodel. They thought they were hiring someone else to do the work but unfortunately it became their job to manage the project when they picked the wrong team to do the work.
IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!
When you decided to upgrade your kitchen do you expect to be signing up to manage the schedules of the contractor?
Do you expect to manage your life around the lives of the people doing the work.
I WOULD THINK NOT!
IF YOU CHOOSE THE BIG BOX……
It may seem simple enough to purchase the material for your project from a Big Box Store and have the Big Box hire a subcontractor to come into your home to do the work.
Again, it seems simple enough, but do you really want the LOWEST BIDDER doing the work for you?
Will the BIG BOX actually manage your project?
The BIG BOX will hire the sub who is willing to do the work for the least amount of money.
The lowest bidder will handle it all for you.
Are you comfortable with that?
So you decide to purchase the material from the BIG BOX and hire your own contractor to do the work.
Do you really want to be a General Contractor?
Do you have the experience to deal with the potential issues?
We have people visit our showrooms all of the time and they tell us that they want to get an estimate for a project. Most of the time they simply want to replace their countertops. They explain that they currently have three estimates and feel they just need one more and then they will be able to make a decision. We always ask “why?”. Why do they feel they need 1 more estimate when they have 3 already. We ask what do they want to see in ours that they haven’t seen in the estimates of our competitors.read more
I am sure you have found that there are dozens of Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Companies near you. So how do you find the one that is right for you? It is “Simple”! First and foremost choose a company that has a GREAT Reputation. Choose a company that specializes in Kitchen and Bathrooms. Choose a company that offer a Lifetime Warranty on the work that they do. Choose a company that can take care of the entire project for you. Choose a company that uses it own employees to do the work.read more
As you walk down the aisles of a trade show there are many eager people looking out of their booths to speak with you. It can be overwhelming and a little off putting, especially if you aren’t looking for what they are offering. This is often how someone can feel as though they are being “Sold”.
In the final week of our last home show of the spring, it occurs to me that some of the people I interact with may be warry of talking with me for fear of being “Sold” something. That can also be true anytime you walk in someone’s place of business to see what they have to offer.read more
Are you staring a new project from scratch? Are you completely remodeling and existing kitchen or bathroom? Do you want to simply replace your countertops? In any case, the best place to start is by taking a few photos. Be sure to capture the areas you would like remodeled, especially if you are replacing countertops. Our process is standardized for efficiency, we can provide you a quote at our first initial meeting with the proper countertop dimensions. Make a sketch of the countertop, take basic dimensions and bring it with you to our first meeting. We want to make your life “SIMPLE”.read more
Often times in our interactions with homeowners at some point the word resale is going to come up, it’s almost unavoidable. No matter if we are looking at countertop samples for replacement or plans full remodels, when I am asked “is this good for resale” I usually ask a question before answering – When do you plan on moving?
My thoughts on choosing a product based upon someone else liking it vary greatly depending on your answer:
If you’re planning on moving in less than a year, plan for resale. Spend the least amount on the biggest impact that you can still enjoy while you are still in your home. Don’t spend more on something you love just to leave it for someone else, save it for you because the next person may not see the same value.read more
When the time comes to replace the countertops in your kitchen, you are going to find that there are many different materials to choose from. One of more popular materials being used currently is quartz. This is a manufactured combination of stone and resin that has the appearance of granite and has all of the same strength and style of this all natural material. The one big difference is that it is non-porous like the new Corian countertops and it does not cost as much as either one of them.read more