Details Part III

In part three of the Details, Details, Details blog series, we’ll be discussing the finishing touches to Bob & Jen’s new kitchen.

For some folks, the hardest part is deciding how to layout their new space.  For others it’s picking out what colours, textures & materials they will be using.

For those with little or no previous experience picking out cabinet styles, colour pallets & other associated materials for their new kitchen, this process can be confusing and stressful.  Pricing for the finishing details is often all over the map, so doing a bit of research by checking out several suppliers can help narrow down the options based on budgetary considerations.

Looking through kitchen design magazines can help enormously when deciding what the finished look of the kitchen will be.  Once Bob & Jen have decided on the look of their new space, finding the materials that fit into their budget to emulate that look is their next step.  Their contractor should be able to give them a list of suppliers’ showrooms to visit for samples and pricing.

Bob & Jen need to decide on the following items:

1.  Kitchen cabinet style, colour & cabinet handle hardware

2.  Countertop material & colour

3.  Fixtures – plumbing (sinks, faucets, garborator) and lighting fixtures

4.  Flooring material (tile, laminate, hardwood, linoleum)

5.  Backsplash material, (optional)

6.  Paint colour & paint finish (satin, gloss or matte & latex or oil based)

7.  Mouldings – both crown & baseboard, (optional)

8.  Window casings & window stool style

9.  Window & Door style

10.  Appliances – fridge, stove, microwave, garborator & dishwasher

As you can see, there are quite a few decisions Bob & Jen need to make on the finishing touches.  Once they’ve come to a final decision on materials, the orders can be placed and their materials will be available to install at the various stages of their kitchen renovation.  One of the reasons for needing Bob & Jen to be (at the very least) reasonably sure of their finishing materials before the work begins is that there may be a supply issue for one or more of their choices, which could cause a delay in their construction.  If they know what they want and the contractor can readily acquire those items, delays can be avoided and the project can run as smoothly as possible.

Typically a contractor will need a day or possibly two to dismantle & dispose of the existing kitchen materials debris & another day to frame out the new space, depending on the scope of work involved.  If Bob & Jen were interested in salvaging some of the old cupboards for use in their garage (for example), letting their contractor know ahead of time would be a good plan.  The other option is to have useful items like light fixtures or working appliances donated to a local charitable organization like Habitat For Humanity.

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