Home Concepts: Form and function
Q: I’m thinking about moving forward with a much-needed kitchen and bath remodel for my home. Where do I start?A: Remodeling your kitchen or bath can be an extremely rewarding experience and will add tremendous beauty and value to your home. Undertaking such a project, however, can be overwhelming. The market today offers a variety of products from cabinetry, appliances, tile, stone, plumbing and lighting fixtures that one can easily get overwhelmed by all the options and decisions. Where should a homeowner begin when undertaking a remodeling project?
A great place to start is by gathering information, both written and visual, that shows what you love and even what you do not like. Flip through magazines and catalogues and pull out pictures of cabinet styles that appeal to you and appliances that have the form and function you are looking for. Note what your eye is drawn to regarding colors, textures, looks and styles. Don’t be concerned at this stage whether the styles, colors and patterns go together; just let the creative juices flow during this initial brainstorming process. Your interior designer, or the cabinet or tile designer, can help you narrow down your selections and integrate them into a concept that reflects the look and functionality that you desire.Establishing a budget is an important early step in any renovation project. This will help your designers to steer you to products and options that fit within your price range, further narrowing your decisions. Once you have some ideas put together and a budget prepared, the best thing to do is contact an interior designer or a kitchen and bath design showroom in your area and make an appointment. If you have plans already drawn up, bring a copy with you to leave with the designer. Also, bring the magazine clippings and ideas that you’d like to incorporate.For higher-end, custom to semi-custom cabinetry, order lead times can range from 10 to 14 weeks, so it is important to allow plenty of time when making selections. Mid-range, semi-custom cabinetry typically takes five to 10 weeks, depending on the complexity of the project and the various cabinet companies. Work together with your cabinet designer and the sales staff at your appliance showroom to select appliances that fit the space, are aesthetically appropriate and have the functionality you’re looking for. The cabinet designer will then work from the appliance specs to make the space functional.Natural stone, tile and other countertop materials can also have lengthy lead times, with some handmade tiles taking eight to 12 weeks to make, fire and glaze. For granite, slate or other slab countertops, fabricators typically take 4 to 6 weeks from the time they measure and template your job. This is four to six weeks after the cabinetry is installed; so keep that in mind when estimating lead times and how long your remodeling project will take from start to finish. After you have the larger pieces of cabinetry and appliances chosen (these components are often referred to as hard finishes) and once you have placed your order, then you can turn your attention to the soft finishes, which include paint colors, lighting, plumbing fixtures, flooring and bathroom and kitchen hardware. Some individuals, when remodeling, change every square inch of a room. Others, who are restrained by a budget, choose to retain features they like or can live with, such as existing flooring.The finishing touches mentioned above will be addressed in a future Home Concepts column, appearing once a month on the Sierra Sun’s Friday Home Improvement page, which you are reading right now.For those considering a remodel, remember you don’t have to drive to Reno to check out a multitude of great kitchen and bath remodeling options. The design professionals at Home Concepts Design Resource Center located on Church Street in Truckee, would love to help area homeowners investigate the wide variety of possibilities.Home Concepts can help make your design dreams a reality and has options to fit every budget.
Ruth Cross, Betty Scott and Beth Rab of the Home Concepts sales team, a division of Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company, all contributed to this column. Visit them on the web at http://www.homeconceptstruckee.com, call 530-582-2119 or visit the showroom in person to get your remodel underway.