The next step is to begin working on a design.
After your deposit is finalized, our designers take the time needed to understand how you plan to use your space. For example, if you are undertaking a kitchen renovation, our designers need to understand how you plan to use your kitchen, who will be in the kitchen, how many cooks are working together, whether they are left-handed or right-handed, and so on. In fact, we have a packet of information and a questionnaire that you can fill out as your “homework,” ensuring that we design a dream kitchen that truly fits your needs.
As part of the design phase, we create estimates of what the ideas and options will likely cost. These initial cost estimates will use placeholders called “allowances” for products, materials, and finishes you will eventually need to select, which can impact the cost of the project, sometimes significantly.
However, unlike some remodelers who use low-ball the allowances, we will use more realistic allowances based on the information you provided in our first meeting. So, if you want a luxury kitchen, the allowances used will be higher than if you are looking for a basic kitchen. This will help you make more informed decisions, based on more realistic cost information, about how to proceed with the subsequent design work and construction. Please click on A Note About Our Process to learn more.