FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions and answers line.

How much will it cost to remodel my space?

The investment required to remodel any living space in your home varies based on several factors: whether you retain your existing footprint or design a new layout, keep the appliances in place or move them modest distances, your selections for door style, wood species, finishes, and hardware components the electrical needs or re-wiring requirements, and other product considerations such as flooring, countertops, lighting, plumbing, appliances and installation services. The five-step design process followed by our professional design team will walk you through each of these decisions and allow you to narrow in on an expected investment.

How do I get started with my project? Do you charge a design fee?

At KSI, our goal is inform our clients about the process and products, and recommend design concepts to bring your vision to life. The Design Consultation is the most important step to a home remodel project. Once we understand what you want to accomplish in your space, we will recommend a design and guide you through the process of how to get you there. We are happy to meet at your home. We charge a $250 design consultation which will be applied toward your purchase should you decide to complete your project with KSI. We want to provide a design that reflects your needs, style and use of the space, as well as make certain that you’ll love your new space.

What types of cabinets should I choose for my space?

There are three types of cabinets available from our exclusively-selected manufacturers: stock, semi-custom and custom. Identifying your personal style is an important first-step in determining which type of cabinet, wood species and finish appeals to you. Determining the functionality you need is the next step. Here are some basics about the types of cabinetry available to you:

Production or Stock Cabinets

The name stock comes from a time when cabinets where made in large quantities and stocked in a warehouse. Back then, there were a limited number of colors and door styles to select from. Today, that is no longer the case. Stock cabinets are now manufactured “a kitchen at a time”. With many more door styles, wood species and a variety of finishes, production cabinetry isn’t what it used to be. Delivered in 7 to 21 days, you can easily manage your new construction or remodel project.

Still, the extra options and features offered by stock cabinets are relatively limited compared to other cabinet types. They include solid construction and adjustable six-way hinges. Overall, stock cabinets are a good value, making them the right choice for people looking for quality while remodeling within a specific investment.

Semi-Custom Cabinets
Semi-custom cabinets are the most popular type of cabinet today. The biggest difference between semi-custom and stock cabinets is that semi-custom cabinets offer minor modifications (i.e., adjustable depth, installation of glass, etc.). They also offer more door styles, options, types and finishes than stock. Semi-custom cabinets are high quality in both construction and finish. They provide additional design flexibility, providing consumers with the style and function they want in a moderate price range.

Custom Cabinets
Custom cabinets offer the most design flexibility and can be built to meet almost any need or desire. As such, they are typically more expensive to produce than a stock or semi-custom product. Most custom cabinet companies offer a large variety of standard sizes, configurations and designs; yet they can modify or construct a cabinet to almost any size you require.

What type of countertop should I choose for my space?

There are many types of countertops to choose from: quartz, solid surface, soap stone, granite and laminate. What surface material you choose should depend on factors such as how you plan to use your countertop, your expectations for the surface and your budget. Use this countertop guide to help you narrow your selection:

  • Why choose Quartz?
    Quartz is a blend of quartz and resins that form a hard, durable surface. It has a very similar feel to granite. The colors and patterns that are created typically have little variation and provide a consistent appearance. In addition to its durability, quartz tops handle heat well and require little maintenance. Like granite, quartz may show visible seams. Quartz countertops begin at about $75 per square foot, measured and installed.
  • Why choose Solid Surface?
    Solid surface countertops (i.e., Corian) are typically acrylic products that are durable and very adaptable. There are hundreds of colors and a large variety of edge profiles to choose from. Solid surface countertops have moderate heat resistance and hard-to-find seams. And, while solid surface tops can scratch, they can also be repaired easily. The average starting price of solid surface countertops is $49 per square foot, measured and installed.
  • Why choose Soap Stone?
    Quarried like Granite and Marble, soap stone is soft to the touch yet far from absorbent. If it picks up a stain or discoloration, it is quite literally “just on the surface” and can be scrubbed or sanded off. Slates, marbles, most granites, limestones and travertines are absorbent. Soapstone is not. Even after 100 years of hard use, soapstone can be re-finished to a new state as though it was just installed. Soapstone is perfect for achieving a warm, old-fashioned, rustic, or Early-American look. It’s also versatile enough so that it can be used with modern designs. Upon installation of soapstone countertops, we recommend that the stone is sealed with mineral oil or stone sealer. The mineral oil and some light penetrating sealers will bring out a dark richness to the stone’s natural color and also work as a protective sealing layer. Mineral oil may be re-applied to the stone periodically.
  • Why choose Granite?
    As a natural stone, the beauty and feel of granite is hard to match.  It is very durable, it handles heat well, and, it offers almost 200 variations from which to choose. The cost of granite has decreased significantly over the last few years. The average starting price is about $50 per square foot, installed. It requires periodic sealing, depending on the granite selected, and may show visible seams.
  • Why choose Laminate?
    Laminate is the most popular material used for a countertop. It offers thousands of colors and a number of textured finishes. It wears fairly well and doesn’t require any sealing. Seams are visible, and typically, there is no way to repair damaged laminate. Laminate tops with a square edge start at about $20 per square foot, installed.

 

What type of flooring should I choose for my space?

Today, the variety of materials, colors and textures available for flooring make your choices endless. It is important to consider the total investment you want to make in the project.  Knowing what you can afford to allocate for flooring will provide you with some direction as you narrow down your selections.  Consider how you use the space as well as how traffic will flow through it.  This will help you and your designer determine the degree of durability you’ll need and what colors you’ll want to consider as lighter colored finishes show less wear than darker finishes.

Here are some of the options for flooring:

  • Wood
    Wood is a popular choice today. It creates a warm, classic appearance for many spaces in the home and works with almost any kind of decor.  Prefinished wood floors withstand heavy traffic, stains, and remain durable if maintained properly.  Most spills and debris — if cleaned up quickly — will not damage wood floors. Wood floors can last for decades with some maintenance, and, can be refinished to give them a whole new look.
  • Tile
    Tile is a durable option for high-traffic areas like foyers, kitchens, and baths. From classic porcelain to travertine, there are plenty of options. Ceramic tile is durable and available in many colors, textures, and styles with the option of designing borders and inserting designs. Tile is easy to clean however debris may become trapped in the grout lines. A good steam cleaning refreshes grout and a sealer can help minimize this from happening.  Tile flooring is one of the more stain-resistant options and can last for decades with some minimal maintenance.
  • Vinyl and Linoleum
    Affordable and easy to install, vinyl and linoleum are common selections for homeowners. Moisture-resistant and easy to maintain, these materials are durable and withstand frequent traffic. Vinyl and linoleum offer a bit of “give” which may help protect dropped dishes and other items from breaking. Both materials are relatively soft and feel good underfoot.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile
    If you’re looking for an upscale look that offers both durability and performance, an emerging category in flooring options is luxury vinyl tile. These tiles are often offered in an array of colors and designs that are often absent when shopping ceramic tiles. They also feel warmer underfoot and provide a bit more give than traditional ceramic floor tiles.  Ideal for high traffic areas, this comfortable surface is waterproof and easy to maintain or repair.

How long will it take to remodel my space?

Time to complete a project varies based on the products being ordered and the scope of work in the remodel. Typical stock production cabinets take about eight days from order to delivery. Semi-Custom cabinets will take 4 to 6 weeks and custom cabinetry will take between 8-12 weeks to deliver. Counter tops are templated and fabricated after cabinets are installed. The top fabrication and installation may take from one to four weeks depending upon the material selected.

Once cabinets are delivered, your contractor or our installers will work to complete a variety of jobs that may include tear out, new drywall construction, electrical, plumbing, tile work, cabinet, flooring and countertop installation as well as other finishing, painting and trim work. Most people plan anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks after delivery of their products to complete their remodel. Your KSI designer will be able to provide a project timeline based on your individual project.

What is the installation process?

Every remodel is different, but, the basic installation process includes these steps:

  1. Your existing materials will be removed and disposed of.
  2. New electrical, if required, will be installed.
  3. New plumbing, if required, will be installed.
  4. The walls will be repaired and prepped for paint.
  5. The cabinets will get installed.
  6. The countertop will be measured and a template will be made.
  7. The trim for the cabinets will get installed.
  8. The painting of your space can be completed.
  9. The custom countertop is installed.
  10. The final plumbing will be connected and your space will be functioning once again.
  11. If applicable, the tile backsplash will be installed.
  12. If applicable, the new floor will be installed (if not installed prior to step 5)

What can I prepare for and expect during the installation process?

Expect your room to be out of commission for at least one to eight weeks.

  • If you are remodeling a kitchen, you may want to consider setting up a make-shift kitchen in another room with microwave, small sink, place settings, etc. You may arrange ahead of time with your contractor to have the refrigerator set up in an alternate location. It is a good idea to plan on eating out, grilling or microwaving your meals. If accessible, you may want to wash your dishes in the laundry or bathroom.
  • If the remodel you have planned is a bathroom — especially if it is your only bathroom — pre-arrange with your contractor to have the toilet reset at the end of each workday. Each morning, they’ll disconnect the toilet and remove it to create additional workspace for tiling and flooring. A reset will make the toilet functional again each night.

Regardless of what room you are remodeling, expect dust and dirt in your home! Even if the contractor carefully hangs plastic or tarps around the area to be remodeled, a layer of dust will still settle throughout your home.

Expect the unexpected. Often times issues requiring additional work or repairs are not discovered until walls, cabinets or soffits are removed. This can result in additional costs. Remodeling and design experts recommend you leave an allowance in your budget to account for these unforeseen costs. Additions to the scope of the project or changes you make to the project while in progress may also impact costs.

What do I need to know about permits?

This is an area most people would prefer to ignore, but, it is important to address. Various permits are often required for a full kitchen or bath renovation. Permits are intended to protect you from poor workmanship and potential damage. Only licensed trades can pull permits.

Here are some basic guidelines for knowing when to pull a permit:

  • If a mechanical (electrical, heating or plumbing) is being moved then a permit may be required.
  • If a wall is being moved then a permit may be required.

The permit cost for each of these areas varies by city and scope of work, but, a typical full remodel project will generally have permit costs between $300 and $1000.

As a result of permits being pulled, there may be additional time required by the installer for the project. It is a good idea to plan on an additional $500 to cover that. You can also assume your project will take an additional week to complete, allotting a couple of no-work days while waiting for inspectors.

Will my remodeling project be completed within my planned budget?

A remodeling project is typically a significant investment in your home. As such, it can create anxiety, especially if you are concerned with going over budget. Careful planning and decision making with an experienced design and installation team can help to ensure you are confident in your decisions and account for all the details. Even still, there are often unforeseen costs in a remodeling project, especially after walls, existing cabinetry and soffits are removed. Design and remodeling experts recommend you give yourself a 10% cushion over the contracted price to account for any change orders you make or unforeseen costs that arise.

How do I adjust my cabinet door hinges and drawer glides?

You may need to adjust your cabinet hinges and/or drawer glides if they are out of alignment or do not close properly. Cabinet doors may be adjusted both vertically and horizontally. Watch this KSI demonstration video to learn more.

If you have a question not answered here, please contact us.