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The Process

A successful home remodeling project begins with your vision—bring us your ideas for your dream kitchen or bathroom, from must-have features to color schemes and custom requests. Whether your project is large or small, we highly encourage your participation in the process!

Custom Kitchen Designs strives to provide all the information you need, while making the process as smooth as possible. Our qualified professionals have the flexibility to work in coordination with your existing contractor, or we can coordinate the entire project from start to finish.

1. Designing

Typically, we first schedule an appointment to visit your home. During this visit, we’ll discuss the scope of your project as well as the design, cabinetry styles, appliances, and countertop materials you’re interested in. We’ll also take measurements and develop a basic plan of cabinetry layout.

Next, you’ll meet with us at the CKD office to review the plan and preliminary pricing. We’ll also look at cabinetry styles and finishes, as well as different countertop materials.

2. Budgeting

A written preliminary proposal will be submitted for your consideration. If you’d like to make any changes, we can adjust the proposal as needed (sometimes, another meeting may be necessary). Either way, we should be able to determine an estimated overall cost of the entire project.

If you are ready to move forward, a final proposal will be generated. This proposal encompasses applicable costs for cabinetry, countertops, delivery to your home, installation, and sales tax. A deposit will be requested at this point.

3. Planning

Any required subcontractors will be scheduled to visit the site. They will be asked to provide an accurate proposal for their services (carpentry, electrical, flooring, plumbing, etc.) per CKD’s suggestions and your own requests. This helps us avoid surprises as your project moves forward.

We’ll meet to finalize plans and enter into a contract to purchase the cabinetry. Most contracts consist of a three-payment schedule, with a 40% deposit, a 50% payment upon delivery of the cabinetry, and a final 10% payment upon completion of the installation.

4. Scheduling

Within a week of ordering your cabinets, the factory will confirm the delivery date. Based on this, we’ll formulate a schedule for your project. Depending on complexity, a project may take as little as 5 weeks, or up to 8-10 weeks.

We understand that a remodeling project is very disruptive to your daily life, so we always do our best to keep the project moving forward with as little down time as possible. We ask you only to be patient, have fun, and enjoy the ride! This brief period may seem chaotic, but you’ll appreciate the results for years to come.

5. Demolition & Inspection

Construction begins with the removal of old cabinetry, walls, ceilings, tile, flooring, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and any other items within its scope. The items will be moved to a customer-supplied jobsite dumpster.

Then, any structural or mechanical deficiencies will be identified and presented to you. This could include rotted wood, leaking pipes, faulty wiring, or other issues. (As these are unforeseen contingencies, the cost to remedy them is usually not included in the original contract.)

6. Mechanical Rough-In

Rough-in of mechanicals will follow the demolition. This usually includes HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and lighting, although not necessarily in that order.

7. Walls, Ceilings, and Floors

Insulation and drywall will be installed. Insulation is typically only needed for exterior walls, but other areas may be insulated upon request. Drywall will also be installed, with taping and finishing.

Next, flooring will be installed within the entire project area. We recommend that wood floors be sanded at this point, with one or two coats of finish applied. (The final coat will be applied at the end of the project.)

8. Cabinetry and Countertops

Cabinetry will be delivered to the site, and installation will begin. Countertop templates will typically be ordered during this time to keep the project moving along, as fabrication and scheduling can take up to two weeks (depending on complexity).

9. Completion

Once the counters are completed, it’s time to put the finishing touches on your project! Sinks, appliances, and tile backsplash will be installed and any needed finish trim work will be completed. Then, painting will be done and the final coat of wood floor finish will be applied.