Homeowners routinely ask us for advice on kitchen remodels, so we had our founder, Adam Smith, answer your top questions and share a guide to kitchen remodels.
Learn what homeowners can do to research and to vet a kitchen remodel company. Discover new trends in kitchen design to inspire your new kitchen style. Learn the best time to act.
It’s all in this interview:
A: “Make sure any contractor you’re going to interview is licensed and insured. You can check on the state’s regulatory board. In Virginia, you can go on DPOR Virginia to verify the license and to see if there are any complaints. As far as the research phase goes, do a lot of research on the budget, and make sure that’s accurate. That your expectation is realistic.”
A: “A lot of homeowners start with the assumption that everything in the house is the way it’s supposed to be. Then, as we start tearing off drywall, we might discover some things aren’t up to code. Maybe it’s electrical. Maybe it’s plumbing. These are unexpected things that can result in change orders and additional costs.”
A: “We are highly systematized, which is the way to be successful in any business. It’s not common in the remodeling industry to be systematized. Disorganized contractors are, unfortunately, the norm. We also have a solid, experienced team of specialists. No one is wearing too many hats.”
A: The Slate process:
A: “In South Riding, we recently did a kitchen remodel. We had to remove a load-bearing wall and put in a post and beam. It was a pretty big overhaul in terms of the actual kitchen layout.
The gas range, we moved that from the island and put it up against the wall. We put in a really nice hood. Really powerful.
It just gave the room a better look. More open space from the walls we knocked out. Now they’ve got a big, solid surface without having the cooking surface in the way.
It all went pretty smoothly. The homeowner was super thrilled. We’ve already gotten a referral out of it, and the experience for all of us was great.”
A: “People love to say a kitchen remodel should take six weeks. Six weeks is not realistic!”
A: “Our lead designer attended KBiz, a kitchen and bath event in Vegas, and reported on the newest trends. Here’s what we’ve been seeing and doing lately.”
A: “Now is a great time to remodel. It’s always going to be now. Prices are not going down. We are doing projects now where the initial assessment happened about two years ago, and costs have increased significantly. Do it sooner than later!”