Spring Cleaning: Out with the Old and In with the New

The sun is shining, birds are singing, blossoms are blooming – spring is in full swing! This is the time of year for fresh starts, new ideas, and lots of spring cleaning – and the perfect time to start the process of remodeling your kitchen.

One of the reasons we love starting the remodeling process in the spring, is because you’re likely setting yourself up for sitework (demo, install, etc.) during great BBQ and outdoor grilling weather! Starting the process in the summer, that sitework will likely take place in the fall, when the kids are back in school. In the winter, you’re likely entertaining or visiting friends and family, and that’s a great time to start making a list of how you want – and don’t want – your new kitchen to function. In the fall, the kids are back in school, allowing more time to focus on the details of your project.

The truth is, anytime of year is a good time to start the process and design phase. We encourage clients to come in sooner rather than later for two reasons: stress and price. It’s important to let us know at the start if you have a specific deadline – a graduation, wedding, birthday party, etc. – coming up by which you’d like your remodel completed, so that we can pace our appointments accordingly and consider lead time for materials (especially the cabinetry) early on in the design process. The pace of your redesign will depend on how quickly you are able to make decisions. We are comfortable working at whatever pace is most comfortable for you; we keep things moving, but are only in a rush if you are. The pace of the sitework (demolition, installation, etc.) is fairly static and tightly scheduled – we have much more flexibility to speed up or slow down the rate at which we work during the design phase of the project, when you are working one-on-one with your designer. We do what we can to alleviate the stress of a home remodel, but we can’t help plan around an event we don’t know about!

Let’s say you don’t have an event coming up, but you aren’t looking to start demolition for another six months. That’s no problem! We still encourage you to come in and start the process now, rather than in a few months, and that’s because of price increases. How much did it cost to fill the gas tank on your first car? Do you remember the price to send a postcard five years ago? The general trend we’ve noticed – both in and out of our industry – is that prices for everything steadily increase over time, even just over the course of a few months. The best solution is to be ahead of the curve. Talk with your designer, because with enough notice, we can discuss a delayed start date for the project – which gets you in early on the lower pricing, but may accommodate your later schedule better.

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