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Kitchen Cabinets – Construction

Kitchen Cabinets – Construction

Are you sure you know the very basics of how kitchen cabinets differ from each other in both price and construction?

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FRAMED and FRAMELESS

It all starts with the box construction, framed or frameless.  The American version has been framed for a very long time. Framed is a pretty descriptive term, there is an actual frame overlayed on the box from which the door is attached and the drawer is mounted.  Frameless is typically the European version.  No frame, the door is attached to the box itself, as is the drawer glides.  There are differing opinions about which is best for which application depending on which door style and which box construction, etc., etc., etc.  The key to this decision is back to actual box construction material.  You will want to find out if it is “all wood”, (by the way – there is no such thing, its really plywood), or which type of particle board or MDF – the types can vary depending on which price point you are in. You also need to consider Door and Drawer styles.  There are different construction methods as well as different hinging and glides that truly make a difference in both appearence and function. All of these factors determine how kitchen cabinets wind up in different pricing structures, ie., Custom Cabinets, Semi-Custom, Stock.

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BASIC DOOR CONSTRUCTION

Kitchen or Bath Remodeling is something you only do every 15- 20 years or so.  You want to make sure you get it right.  Your best resource is a Certified Kitchen Designer.  Visit our website page about Kitchen Cabinets for a full review.

 

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Construction Horror Stories

Construction Horror Stories – Hard Learned Lessons

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Remodeling is no fairy tale and there’s no Mother Goose to make problems just go away. You have to get your ducks in a row with the help of Your Squarefeet

Construction Horror Stories – think only Customers have them?  You may want to read further.

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For most of us our home is our most valuable asset. Of course, in today’s real estate market that may be an issue at the moment, but if you can’t sell your house and move, or don’t want to leave, then you should develop the right remodeling project and enjoy your home.

So – if your home is your most valuable asset, why would you possibly take the chance of messing it up. You wouldn’t consider cutting your own hair, and even if we ramp up the anxiety level and challenge you to build your own car, almost none of you would ever consider doing this. But for some primal reason you would consider DIY (do-it-yourself), and jump into tearing your house apart with little to no knowledge, usually because the idea of buying cool power tools and doing demolition is soooo appealling. After all, the “Big Box” stores have told you they have everything for your project. TV “designers” offer videos on adding a room addition, redesigning your kitchen or a bathroom remodel and they show you how to do it in a weekend! How could you possibly screw this up? Plus, you have seen the real guys working on projects and they certainly don’t look or sound like rocket scientists.You’re educated, you have the internet, you have a friend who’s a mechanical engineer – if you plan this all out correctly, what could possible go wrong. You can even buy a 3D Design program for your computer that prints out pictures for home additions or remodeling kitchens just like the Pros. Sounds like this could be great!

Then we have another foolproof scenario destined to go horrible wrong. Hiring the cheapest Contractor with no license and no office.  Granted, some of you don’t even know to look for these things, or the many other qualifiers Contractors should have – that you can learn about here. But usually the deciding factor is money.  By the time you get to the stage in life where you are remodeling a home, you should know that “you get what you pay for”. 

So here are a couple of our real Construction Horror stories, (names changed for obvious reasons), that we thought you might like to read..http://yoursquarefeet.com/construction-horror-stories/

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Your Kitchen Designer and what you should Discuss

Discussions With Your Kitchen DesignerCertified Kitchen & Bath Logo, CKD, bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling

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Meet or talk with a Certified Kitchen Designer that you have pre-qualified with your research. This means your CKD, (Certified Kitchen Designer), is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Assn., (NKBA.org),  and has been awarded the accreditation of a CKD.

  • Discuss your Kitchen Design & Kitchen Remodeling Project at length together
  • Determine if you communicate well together
  • Discuss style, architecture, function, & budget
  • Discuss how involved, or not, you want to be in the Kitchen Design process
  • Understand how your drawings will be presented (ie. CAD or other hand drawn) for the Kitchen Design
  • Discuss Kitchen Design Fees for the layouts & material selections and/or Project Management fees if chosen
  • Discuss when Measurements and photos are begun
  • Discuss when Design Concept and Layouts are presented by your Kitchen Designer
  • Meeting and Reviews with Homeowners
  • Revisions to Layout, Final Plans,  Cabinet Legends, Perspectives
  • Material Selections & Alternates if any
  • Estimates and Proposal
  • Contract Documents & Specifications
  • Pre-Construction Meetings
  • On-Site Project Management (if contracted)

Having a qualified Certified Kitchen Designer working on your Kitchen Project will give you the confidence, information,  and great Design,  Function, and Home Value for a truly successful Kitchen Remodeling.

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Insider Information – You might not want to Know

A Fishy Story

     do unto others or yikes…

There are many ways of “collections and paybacks” in our industry. Some of them, a little nasty.

There was a drywall contractor that kept getting called backed by an Owner to go over and over and over different spots the Owner perceived as rough. Apparently, the drywall

“What about that time they sealed up Cat behind the drywall. I swear it was an accident!!! I had no idea that Cat would follow that stupid catnip. He needs to dog-up, he was only in there for an hour before the guys heard all that whining, big baby.” Always troubles for me.
“What about that time they sealed up Cat behind the drywall. I swear it was an accident!!! I had no idea that Cat would follow that stupid catnip. He needs to dog-up, he was only in there for an hour before the guys heard all that whining, big baby.” Always troubles for me.

contractor was pretty sure he wasn’t going to be paid by these people, so he took out insurance. What could that be you ask? He put a dead fish he caught inside the wall, behind his

drywall and sealed it up. If he was paid, he would come back and take out the fish and repair the wall. If there was no payment, the fish stays and decays and the sweet smell of revenge stays for a very long time.

Now, I have never been able to figure out if this is an urban legend, but I do know every crew has a story to top it!

 

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When You Should Replace Locks In Your Home

On certain occasions, you may need to replace locks on the doors of your home. However, before you take any action, you need to clarify whether you should go for lock replacement or will simple re-keying of your existing locks. Re-keying locks involve…

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The Many Benefits of Cobblestone Pavers

Improving the outside of your home is as simple as choosing the correct paving. This is why knowing the many benefits of cobblestone pavers can assist you in achieving an aesthetically pleasing outdoor environment. The outside of your home is just as…

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Basement Office Designs

Basement Office Designs

Basements Are a Great Place for a Home Office Having your own basement home office can be one of the best investments you can make. Being able to get all of your work done in a comfy, quiet place full of distractions is an easy way to increase your productivity….

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Home Remodeling on Your Own

Home Remodeling on Your Own

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It takes Lots of Experience to be a good General Contractor

So what really can happen to a nice young couple with their own remodeling plan….

One of our clients,”Buffy”, had grand plans of being the Designer and General Contractor to remodel their newly purchased home while Hubby worked to pay for it all.  It was a large house, (with six baths), for a steal of a deal, that was to be completely remodeled for their tastes and standards.

Buffy spent the first six months of construction loan interest playing with her own design program. After finally realizing you don’t spend that kind of remodeling money on something you designed yourself, (when you were educated to be a lawyer), they found us.  We designed modifications and additions that made the house work properly for their family, and increased the value of the home with proper layouts, budget conscious parameters, quality construction techniques, and architectural interest.  We gave them everything they insisted on with a full written proposal for all the work, (labor and materials), which came out to be much higher in costs than Buffy and Buddy wanted to spend.

They insisted  on keeping everything for the project per our proposal, but believed they could save mega bucks by being their own General Contractor.  So Buffy and Buddy asked that we perform just the labor through framing to be ready for their subcontractors.  (We will always work with Owners to accommodate their needs, but we sincerely tell them to hire us or someone on as remodeling consultants when they are planning to be a General Contractor, for good reasons…).

Buffy selected exquisite, expensive plumbing fixtures, on her own. When her plumbers roughed in, according to the plan, Buffy found out the non-refundable materials she ordered from the internet on her own were not going to fit.

To find out more about this story and others like it, please go to “Hard Learned Lessons” on our Website and read some of our trade horror stories from our years of experience.

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Mini-Cabin In The Woods: Small Space, Big Style

Mini-Cabin In The Woods: Small Space, Big Style

In 2010, designer Robin Falck wanted to build a place of his own. He found a beautiful piece of land and set out to design a compact get-away. Falck also wanted to maximize the small space, use recycled materials, and build it all himself. Surprisingly,…

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Home Remodeling Lessons

 

Home Remodeling Lessons Learned the Hard WayKitchen Addition, New Bern Kitchen Remodel, New Bern Kitchen Addition

For most of us our home is our most valuable asset. Of course, in today’s real estate market that may be an issue at the moment, but if you can’t sell your house and move, then you may as well develop the right home remodeling project and enjoy your home if you’re going to be there for a while.

So – if your home is that valuable, why would you possibly take the chance of messing it up. You wouldn’t consider cutting your own hair, and even if we ramp up the anxiety level and challenge you to build your own car, almost none of you would ever consider doing this.

But for some primal reason you would jump into tearing your house apart with little to no knowledge, usually because the idea of buying cool power tools and doing demolition is soooo appealling.

After all, the “Big Box” stores have told you they have everything for your project. TV “designers” offer videos on adding a room addition, redesigning your kitchen or a bathroom remodel and they show you how to do it in a weekend! How could you possibly screw this up? Plus, you have seen the real guys working on projects and they certainly don’t seem like rocket scientists.

You’re educated, you have the internet, you have a friend who’s a mechanical engineer, what could possible go wrong.

You can even buy a 3D Design program for your computer that prints out pictures for home additions or remodeling kitchens just like the Pros. Sounds like this could be great!

Well, let’s just see what has happened…visit our website for more of this story at http://yoursquarefeet.com/hard-learned-lessons/

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Remodeling is no fairy tale and there’s no Mother Goose to make problems just go away. You have to get your ducks in a row with the help of Your Squarefeet!

For more valuable Design Tips and Information …

Visit www.yoursquarefeet.com for all The Inside Information about

The Real World of Remodeling from the Professionals including

Design Services and Consulting Services

Local to New Bern, NC … Beaufort, NC

and the www