Tips from our crew
Now, here are some tips for making your kitchen remodel go smoothly from our crew (From left to right: Gordon Smith, Yanick Bosland, Rebecca Thienes and Ron Florke.):
THE HOME DEPOT
Measure! Measure! Measure! Be sure that measurements provided by your contractor are double and triple checked. One wrong measurement can throw the whole job off. Make certain, too, that appliances are conveniently placed. By rearranging the appliances in this kitchen we made it so much more efficient for the owners. When the kitchen is complete, be sure you have a walk thru with your contractor before signing off on the job. This is your chance to make certain that everything is in working order and that any minor problems are fixed to your satisfaction.
P&M ASSOCIATES, INC.
Authorized Home Depot Installer
If you can, it’s good to work with someone like The Home Depot. They are set up to help you make decisions and guide you through the entire process. Also, be prepared for some inconvenience. For most jobs where the counter can’t be measured before the cabinets are installed—granite, Silestone™ and Corian™—there’s likely to be a two- to three-week period where you’ll be without water. The reward of a having a beautiful new kitchen, however, is well worth the couple weeks of inconvenience.
TRIPLE R CONSTRUCTION
With old houses, it’s hard to know what you’re up against until you start knocking down walls, lifting up floorboards, and exposing beams, pipes and electric. You definitely need to have trust in the contractor you hire to do the work. It also makes a lot of sense to have all the decisions made up front in terms of products and building materials; that way they can be ordered, delivered and available when installation is scheduled. Waiting for the delivery of one thing—like the windows—can hold up the job and set everything else back. Time is money.
Associate Editor, Architecture & Home Building
COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE
To create a dynamic space, don't be afraid to mix things up. It’s the unexpected touches—the unframed oil painting, vintage game board, hinged canvas director chairs, and old soda crate—that add interest and personality to this kitchen. The neutral palette created by the creamy bead board cabinets and stainless steel appliances gave us the opportunity to be more adventurous elsewhere, like the rich brown color on the walls, the mottled countertops, and the pop of green from the homeowner's collection of Fire King.
We still can’t believe the transformation. Our fears of having readers vote on everything from the layout to the appliances were—thankfully—unwarranted. There isn’t one thing that we don’t love. I think our biggest headaches came from the repairs and upgrades needed because of the home’s age. We were also plenty glad that this was a home away from home so we didn’t have to live 24/7 through the work. Was it worth it? Definitely.