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Month: January 2021

What Is A Kitchen Design Specialist, and why do you need one?

Kitchen design specialists in Raleigh. Kitchens are no longer those one-purpose-simply-functional rooms tucked in the back of the house and closed off from the rest of civilization. Modern day life requires a kitchen to be high tech, open and accessible, friendly and inviting, with a functionality that transcends cooking.

So, along with the increased complexity that is needed to plan such a room, kitchens now come with kitchen specialists. For example, if you enter our well stocked and diverse show room here at the Cabinet and Closet Depot, and wander over to the kitchen section, you will meet our resident kitchen specialist, one of the best kitchen design specialists in Raleigh.

What is a kitchen specialist?

Besides the fact that they are human, and phenomenal at what they do – a kitchen specialist is expert in current remodeling building codes and at creating functional as well as beautiful kitchen designs. They are practical and creative people who know where the best spot is for  your fridge, so it compliments the room, saves you in energy costs and is easy to reach.

They can design the kitchen of your dreams, complete with decor, accessories, finishing all to the latest trends. They know what is current in terms of appliances and color schemes, and what will suit your home and your personality.

What information will a kitchen specialist need?

The best place to begin with a kitchen makeover is a good plan. In order to formulate the whole room, a kitchen specialist will not only need to know your color scheme of choice, but some additional information as well.

So, before you buy your first appliance, think about your lifestyle and the needs of your family and pets. This is the information you should share with your kitchen design specialists in Raleigh:

  • How large is your family?
  • Should the space be multi-functional? Should the space be versatile enough to allow for office work?
  • Who does the cooking, and will you need multiple work stations?
  • How much do you entertain and where?
  • How much space is available, and what types of specialized equipment would you need?
  • Do you want a separate eating area?
  • What is your budget?
  • How would you describe the heart of your home?
  • What color schemes and designs interest you?

Even though your kitchen specialist will most likely have more questions, these should give him / her a good idea of where to begin. Once they do a site visit and start doing measurements and actively panning the kitchen layout, they will come up with drawings and a quote for you, as well as a time estimate of the renovation.

Based on the plans and the show pieces that can be seen in the showroom, you will have a good idea of what the finished product will look like, and you can decide based on that if you are happy, or if more alterations should be made.

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Renovating Your Kitchen In North Carolina? You have to read this!

Kitchen renovation in North Carolina. This may seem very forward of me but if you are considering renovating your kitchen in North Carolina area, you need to read this post. Many people have dreamed of redoing their kitchens only to end up with renovator who did not know what they are doing. So, before you consider signing up with just anyone calling themselves a renovator, read the rest of this blog and make sure to pick your renovators wisely.

At the Cabinet and Closet Depot we have a team of specialists that will work with you from consultation through to the final touches for your kitchen renovation in North Carolina. With years of experience and a great reputation, we have a 100% customer satisfaction track record.

So, although Halloween is passed, here are a couple of horror stories for you. Kitchen renovation horror stories…

The Adams Family kitchen renovation

Gwen wanted to remodel her kitchen last year, and consulted with a local company who gave her an estimate. Her brother-in-law caught wind and wouldn’t stop talking about how this contractor was ripping her off, insisting that he could do it for a fraction of the price.

Gwen graciously accepted the offer, unfortunately. First, her brother-in-law tore up the kitchen before buying the cabinets and countertop Gwen wanted, leaving Gwen without an operational kitchen for weeks. When he finally did buy the cabinets and countertop, he bought the cheapest products he could find.

The final result was doors on the wall cabinet’s that didn’t quite line up with the doors on the bottom cabinets; the countertop didn’t quite touch the wall on one side, and it hung over the edge too far on the other. To top it all off, Gwen’s brother-in-law insisted that the initial price they agreed upon was too low. He demanded more money, and the tension erupted in an ugly family argument.

The vanishing contractor

Bob decided to re-do his kitchen. He went to one of the big box stores and they gave him what he thought was a great price. This was before he realized that it didn’t include the tear-out of the old kitchen or installation of the new one. After calling a bunch of recommended contractors, each with their own problems, one said he’d come right over. He gave Bob a price and was paid in half immediately, with the other half due when he completed the work.

Bob decided to take the day off work on the day the renovation was scheduled to start, but the contractor never showed up. The next day, the contractor showed up and began tearing out the old cabinets. He got about three quarters of the way through, then knocked off for the day at about 3 p.m. He never came back. His phone doesn’t answer, and there doesn’t seem to be anyone at his place of business. There is any easy way to avoid being Glen or Bob, simply call the Cabinet and Closet Depot for you next kitchen renovation in North Carolina.

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