This month’s Design Minds question comes from a fan who is looking to kick start 2016 with a new kitchen:
“What does the process look like when undertaking a kitchen remodel?
I would love to start the New Year with a new kitchen, but I’m scared that the commitment will be overwhelming.”
Our team at Archipelago Hawaii is the perfect resource for homeowners when tackling full-scale remodels of any size or space. We understand that renovating any part of your home can be a daunting prospect, and we aim to ease any concerns or fears our clients may have. Tiare Pinto breaks down the process that Archipelago Hawaii has mastered when undertaking a luxury kitchen remodel:
1. Getting to know our clients’ wants and needs
We ask our clients to fill out a detailed questionnaire, which will help us get a better sense of both their wants as well as their needs, allowing our team to create the most functional design for the homeowners.
Our team values functionality as much as we do aesthetics, so the more we learn about our homeowners, the better we can perform our job of creating a luxurious and practical design.
2. Creating schematic plans and 3D drawings
Once the clients choose a footprint, we then create 3D drawings to help them visualize the space in which we’ll work.
These steps are crucial when undertaking any remodel, since each client has a unique lifestyle, and a very different concept of the perfect kitchen. While one client may desire extensive countertop space, another may be prioritizing ample storage options. During this step, we can determine the ideal design scheme for our clients.
3. Selecting fixtures and finishes
During these excursions, our clients will choose everything from plumbing and appliances to flooring, cabinetry and lighting, with Tiare guiding these decisions every step of the way.
Working through the plans and selecting finishes can take anywhere from one to three months, depending on both clients’ availability as well as their decision making process.
4. The waiting period – permits
5. Ordering materials
From cabinetry and appliances to plumbing and lighting fixtures, our team coordinates the orders with the contractor’s schedule, to avoid any damages or storage costs.
6. Beginning Construction
While the construction process may take anywhere from two to four months, our team will be available for the duration of the project. For each remodel, we are the first ones in and the last ones out.
As the liaison for all communication between client and contractor, we perform regular site visits, ensure the proper execution of the design, and address all issues that may arise during the construction process.
Though a complete kitchen remodel may appear intimidating, our team at Archipelago Hawaii will always ensure that your kitchen desires are recognized and your needs are addressed.