Q. 1) We would like to remodel our kitchen but we don't know where to start.
A. 1) The first phase of a kitchen remodel is a time of investigation. The main sources of this information are designers like Rylie Larimer, many good kitchen magazines, internet web sites, and friends and family. In this time we would come to your home to see what you are planning and desiring to change in the kitchen. We would take measurements and photos of the kitchen in order to start the design process. This meeting is no charge and opens up opportunities to ask many questions of an experienced designer.
Q. 2) Is remodeling our kitchen or bathroom a good investment?
A. 2) Kitchens and master bath remodels have always had solid returns on investment in immediate appreciated property values. Generally between 80-110% of investment. You also get the satisfaction and enjoyment out of a beautiful, well planned, & efficient kitchen. Kitchens also make the biggest impression on new buyers when that time comes to sell.
Q. 3) What is your experience and do you have personal references?
A. 3) I have been in the cabinet industry for more than 37 years. I worked in custom cabinet shops - designing, building and installing cabinets for over 20 years of that time. I became a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) in 1993 & moved to Colorado in 1995. I have focused much of my time here in Colorado designing remodel projects. I do have many personal references, some are noted on the accolades page of this web site. I can provide you with names and phone numbers if you would like to make a call.
Q. 4) How much does it cost?
A. 4) The overall costs will vary based on the selections made for the cabinets, appliances, & countertops. I will help in these selections and establish an overall budget for the project including all of the needed construction costs. An average kitchen with all of the aforementioned products can vary from $40k to $70k. Every budget will have line item costs to show where any & all of the expense are expected. If the first plan costing is too high, you will have the option to choose optional products to lower the costs. This is all part of the process of remodeling.
Q. 5) How long does it take?
A. 5) The typical lead time on a cabinet order is 5-6 weeks. The average kitchen construction time is 5-6 weeks from demo to finished project. This time is set on a written calendar approved prior to the starting time. All of the trade contractors I work with are scheduled in advance so as to maintain the schedule. I have assembled a team of sub-contractor professionals that work together regularly to get projects completed on time. Most jobs vary only a few days from that established schedule - many end on the exact days. No construction starts until the ordered materials are in hand and ready to go.
Q. 6) We have friends who have had a bad experience with remodeling and contractors. How is working with RJL Designs different?
A.6) We have many years of experience in the remodeling process and can help guide you through all of the steps of the process. Getting the job done on time and on budget is just as important to us as it is to you. We desire for this to be an enjoyable and exciting experience for the whole family, even though stressful at times. We are pro active in planning and scheduling instead of reactive to the inevitable