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Kitchen projects can run many possible scenarios; 

The Refresh

Pull and Replace

Knock Down A Wall

The Refresh

Update the existing kitchen with new countertops, flooring, backsplash and other touch-ups that can make a big difference.

“The Refresh” means that we’ll try to work with the layout you have and do everything possible to make your kitchen look like a new kitchen. Here are some things to keep in mind;

Painting cabinetry;

  • What do you think of the ‘style’ of your cabinetry? If you like your style, then painting might be an option. I have a company that plastics off the entire kitchen and does a four-step spray on your cabinets and guarantees the finish for five years. This is as good as it gets when you take into consideration the process for factory cabinets is 10-14 sprays under very controlled environments.

Refacing cabinetry;

  • If the framework of your cabinets are solid and you’re wanting to switch from traditional to shaker style – as an example – then refacing might be an option. Most of the cost of cabinetry is tied up in the door of the cabinet, so replace the doors/drawers and you basically have new cabinets. The actual “refacing” is in reference to wrapping the old cabinet boxes with a material which is the same as your new doors. 


  • This can be done without destroying your existing cabinetry, and is a great upgrade. A special examination of your existing cabinetry will need to be done in order to make sure you won’t have issues down the road with your existing cabinets – after – installing new countertops.


  • A new backsplash can have quite an impact and the sky’s the limit with tile options! It’s always a good idea to go buy a few pieces of tile – or check them out at some tile shops – and look at them right against the wall and counter. (I’ve done some beautiful tile work, and didn’t take one picture, just because the tile didn’t match the rest of the kitchen!)


  • The flooring has the greatest opportunity to be a deal-breaker. If the flooring needs to be replaced, then all the cabinets have to come out – in almost every situation. So start your decision making project with your floor.

Pull and Replace

Meaning that everything stays where it was, it’s just replaced with all new everything.

The “pull and replace” means that although everything is being removed and replaced, everything stays in its original location. The reason this is an important independent category is the time and expense involved in moving the stove to the other side of the room – or – putting the sink in the island. If any moves like this are made, a great deal of due diligence needs to happen… which means more money. So, pull-and-replace can be a significant cost saving just because everything stays as-is. Even with pull-and-replace, you’ll need to decide if you need a designer or an architect. If a designer or architect are not involved, you’ll really have to know what you want. You really have to be able to visualize the end result. You really have to have a good contractor that can create the permit drawings and shares the vision of your project.

Knock Down A Wall

In this scenario, you need more space. Usually more space reflects the sink moving to the other side of the room, the fridge might stay where it is, but the cooktop is now in the new island… you get the idea! This option can be $100,000+

“Knock down a wall” might as well be called, “let’s spend some money”. This category is pretty self-explanatory and is where you’ll need all hands on deck; with input needed from architect, structural engineer, designer, plumber, electrician and more. But sometimes it’s the only way to accomplish the desired end result.

More than any other category, you’re definitely in the land of “design-build”. Here’s a brief run-down of this process;

  1. A design agreement that is around 5-10% of the estimated project cost. 
    • This allows the company to do a rough layout and rough pricing for your project by using a designer and obtaining necessary estimates. (Creating this rough estimate can be quite time consuming, and this design agreement fee pays for the time involved.)​
  1. A deposit agreement is created that has your rough layout and a total price estimate that is within 10-20% of your final project total. ​
    • You have a layout and cost, but now you’ll have to make all your selections in order to get to an exact number.​
    • You normally pay a down payment which is 20% of the estimated project total.
  1. A construction agreement is created that has your actual, exact price.​
    • You’ve picked out all the products, colors, textures, tiles, fixtures, appliances, etc., etc.​
    • You have drawings of your project.
    • You have a start date and projected completion date.

Here’s Some Of My Own Kitchens and Some By The Expert Contractors With Which I Work

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