Fall is in full swing, and before you know it we will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Are you thinking about starting a new kitchen, bath or laundry room project next year? Now is a great time to begin the planning process. But what are the first steps to getting your project planned out? Well, here is a quick checklist of where to begin:
1. Determine what your projects are. Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Refreshing the hall bath? Expanding your laundry room? Use your favorite design magazines, books and internet searches to get a general idea of the “look and feel” of what you like.
2. If changing your cabinetry, try to identify the style of cabinets – modern or traditional – or a mixture of both – “transitional” that you like Don’t forget to look at countertop materials – granite, quartz or perhaps wood — and appliances and plumbing fixtures that appeal to you.
3. Decide if other projects will be done at the same time — are you replacing your flooring with new tile, hardwood, or other material?
4. Determine your budget. Know how much you want to spend, for all aspects of the project, or at least be prepared to tell your designer a budget range.
And checking references is always prudent before signing on with anyone to do your project.
Below is a recent review from one of our clients for a bathroom renovation project:
I chose Cranbury Design Center based on their reviews and the description of services they provide found on Angie’s List.
As advertised, they are a complete one-stop general contractor. I did not want to get into a situation where I was constantly chasing down a contractor to find out when, or if, or who would be coming. Cranbury Design uses proven sub-contractors who have worked with them for many years.
From my first meetings with designer Charlie Rini, and project manager Frank O’Leary I felt completely at ease. Each step of my project was documented in a week-by-week schedule of construction and payment schedule, so there were no surprises. The entire project is laid out from beginning to end. This schedule also included a comprehensive list of the sub-contractor(s) who would be on site. This is a valuable tool for the homeowner.
All of the sub-contractors were top notch. They came as scheduled and were always on time and were a pleasure to have in my home. Their work was always neat and clean, and if the water or electric had to be shut off, I was always notified well in advance. I came to view them not as just “sub-contractors,” but craftsman. Frank would stop in at least once a week and was always available on his cell phone, and he always returned any calls. Cranbury Design also handled all the filing for the work permits, and is on site for the building inspector visits.
On the design side of the project Charlie Rini has a wonderful knack for understanding what you’re looking to do. At are first meeting he did a few rough drawings to see if we were on the same page. At our next meeting his designs were exactly what I wanted.
When It came time to pick out the granite, tile, plumbing fixtures, etc., Cranbury Design uses local suppliers that you can visit. And to help with this task, I had the invaluable help of Angela, who went to the suppliers with me and guided me through the process, all the while understanding what I was looking for in price, color, and style.
I could go on and on, but this is the bottom line: if you are want to have a stress free project, look no further than Cranbury Design Center. From Charlie, Frank, Angela, the entire office staff, and the sub-contractors, you, as the homeowner will know the who, what, where and when of your project from start to finish.
I imagine I don’t have to add this, but my bathroom looks fabulous!
Cranbury Design Center, 145 West Ward Street, Hightstown. www.CranburyDesignCenter.com. 609-448-5600. See ad, page 15.