You’ve probably seen the commercials or websites. “A complete kitchen for $3,199,” claims one kitchen and bath showroom hawking cabinets. The price seems right. But something is definitely wrong.
Here’s the thing about showrooms: They’re in the business of selling cabinets and countertops. And they do that job well. They’re not, however, in the business of remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.
Let’s say you head into a showroom and put down a deposit on some cabinets. They’ll hand you a plan and tell you to find a contractor to handle the installation. You’ll have to find the right contractor before the cabinets are delivered in six to eight weeks.
At this point, you have no idea how much the contractor will charge for the installation. You also don’t know if your cabinets will fit in with the overall kitchen layout and design, or whether they might necessitate unforeseen work. These are the types of things you need to figure out before you buy cabinets. Otherwise, you could be setting yourself up for disaster — financial and otherwise.
Talk to a Design/Build Contractor First
Whether you eventually hire Custom Contracting or someone else, make sure you kick off every remodeling project by talking to an experienced design/build contractor specializing in kitchen and bath remodeling. If a kitchen and bath showroom is your first contact, you may be going in the wrong direction.
A design/build contractor like Custom can handle all aspects of a kitchen and bath remodeling project, including:
• Designing and drawing plans for the renovation
• Determining and managing the budget
• Assisting with all necessary product selection
• Supplying and installing all products
• Applying for permit and managing any code requirements
• Managing material deliveries and trade professionals’ schedules
• Ensuring adherence to deadlines
Custom is the top kitchen and bath remodeler in our service area. We’ve been around since 1990 and completed countless kitchen and bathroom renovations in Arlington, Winchester, Belmont, Lexington, Lincoln and nearby towns.
Unlike the showrooms, we know about everything that goes into kitchen and bath remodels — from state and local building codes to electricity, plumbing and insulation. And we can assign the right team to your project, including our Certified Lead Carpenters, Certified Remodelers, interior designer and office staff along with our professional trade partners.
Plus, Custom supplies cabinets for clients that hire us for their remodeling projects. You can check out a large collection of cabinet door samples at our Residential Remodeling Center at 1267A Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington. We offer stock, semi-custom and custom options at very reasonable prices.
If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, please call Custom first at 781-648-2835.