Where to Start When Remodeling Your Kitchen or Bathroom? 2

Carriage House Kitchen Designs Provides Homeowners With Beautiful Kitchen Remodels

Homeowners visiting our showroom for the first time are always asking the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY and HOW of kitchen and bathroom remodeling and the steps involved in getting started. I always initiate the conversation by asking my own set of questions to get the thought process started, and then I listen, listen, listen…..

  • My first question is why? “Why is the homeowner wanting to do this?” Is the kitchen in need of repair, is it outdated or does it not support what they do in that space.
  • My next question is “How long do you plan to live in this home once the project is completed?” I always approach the project differently if the homeowner is planning on selling the home in the near future.
  • My next question is location, “Where is the home located?” By having a vast knowledge of the local real estate market and trends help me in determining the budget. I never allow our client to over improve or under improve their home.
  • The next set of questions is a survey of the client’s general knowledge of products, styles and tastes. There is such a knowledge curve among consumers with the start of the “This Old House” series 30 plus years ago and more recently with HGTV. Some clients can really run me through the paces with their high level of product knowledge and or sometimes their lack of knowledge. My job is to educate my client with information that supports their project, and with knowledge comes appreciation of what has been created.
  • After a site visit consultation of the client’s home and a review of their expectations I am then able to determine a preliminary budget. If we all are in agreement then we start the design phase of the project which includes floor plans, cabinetry and appliance selection, plumbing fixture specifications and the blending of materials and finishes such as countertops, paint, tile, etc.
  • Once everything is selected and a proposal is agreed upon, then we set up a project schedule and get started. The actual construction, once all the materials have arrived, can last anywhere from four to 12 weeks depending on the size and intricacies of the project.
  • Once the project is completed the homeowner has added a well thought out new kitchen or bathroom with countless benefits and features along with the increased value to their home.

Stuart Harle, founder of Carriage House Design, brings a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design and 20 years of successful experience to every project.  Moreover, he is one of the area’s leading custom cabinetry experts with a showroom located in Tulsa featuring Wood-Mode and Dakota Cabinetry.  Stuart is a member of the American Society of Interior Designs, a Certified Kitchen and Bathroom Designer and member of The National Kitchen and Bath Association were he also serves on the National Dealer Advisory Council. His award-winning work includes memorable projects of all sizes and budgets.