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How to Select the Right Kitchen Company

Posted by Amy Cornell on Fri, May 29, 2015 @ 09:30 AM

Secrets to an Amazing Kitchen Design: Part Three 

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You're gaining momentum with your kitchen renovation project. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of your talented designer, you have a stunning kitchen plan in your hands. The next step is to choose the best kitchen company to supply and install your cabinetry.

This article assumes you aren't planning to buy cabinetry from a fly-by-night supplier and install them without the necessary experience and skills. If you're not a trained carpenter, I encourage you to leave the heavy lifting, measuring and power tools to the professionals. 

 

siteline cabinetry in slab style doors and striated finishWe have compiled a few essential questions to help you find the right kitchen design and installation company for your needs.

First, identify eligible candidates using similar methods we suggested to help you select the right kitchen designer:

  • Ask family and friends for recommendations.
  • Visit well-respected appliance, tile and stone suppliers, and ask who they themselves would use.
  • Schedule a time to meet the top candidates in-person to discuss the following:

 

How long has the kitchen company been in business?

The entire kitchen design process is fraught with risk. A new company that promises the moon isn't worth much if they go under next month. Then what good is your warranty? Ensure that a kitchen design company has been in business for a substantial length of time and that they will actually be able to honor their promise to tune-up their work. 

 

Are they trustworthy?

Personal references are a great way to determine the integrity and credibility of a kitchen design company, its owners and its employees. Is the company in question in good standing with the local Better Business Bureau and Department of Consumer Affairs?  Does your court's small claims department have a wing in their honor? The internet makes it very easy to conduct background checks on contractors and companies for projects of this size.  There are also many sites like Angie's List, Yelp and more that provide a feedback forum for savvy consumers. Ensure that you will be comfortable and safe having these people in your home, and around your family, for a significant amount of time.

 

Do they care about their customers?

Eclectic custom kitchen by General Woodcraft Inc.

Choose a kitchen company that is concerned about your long-term satisfaction - not just your money. Establish their commitment to customer service. How long will they stand behind their work and their products? (Get everything in writing). Is their warranty up to industry standards? Ask for references and find out if they were treated professionally throughout the project - and afterwards when the warranty was tested. 

 

Are their kitchen cabinets made well?

Know what to look for when you're shopping for kitchen cabinetry. You want to remain within your budget and honor your style but determine the value by checking out a few measures of quality. Are the drawers dovetailed? How thick are the door/drawer faces and inside panels? Are cabinet shelves adjustable and better yet, do they pull out? Slow close drawers are a wonderful feature. Are the door faces solid wood or composite? This section will be covered in a future blog but these features and more will be covered by your kitchen designer when you select a cabinet manufacturer.

Original transitional kitchen by General Woodcraft

 

We wish you the best of success with your selection of a kitchen design and installation company. With a designer and kitchen company to provide guidance, let's talk next time about how to establish the right budget for your kitchen remodel. 

We love what we do ... and you will too.

If you live in Connecticut or Rhode Island, and would like to find out how General Woodcraft can transform your existing kitchen into something truly beautiful, please contact us today.  

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Pet-Friendly Kitchen Design

Posted by Amy Cornell on Fri, May 22, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

 

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Americans love their pets and they spoil them rotten. Our devoted friends are never far, following us from room-to-room, determined not to miss out on any of the action. Most folks could use a little less company underfoot in the kitchen, however. 

If you are planning an upcoming kitchen renovation and have pets, consider some of these thoughtful additions in your kitchen cabinetry design. They will keep your animals safe, comfortable and may help avoid a sprained ankle, or two one day. 

man's best friendPet Beds: The kitchen island is the perfect space to house a cozy pet bed and/or feeding station.  If you have the floor space, you don't even have to sacrifice storage. Simply extend the counter top past the back of the cabinet. Small kitchens can carve space too by leaving off the door of a base cabinet to make a narrower niche for smaller dogs and cats.

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Pull out dog bowls from PinterestFeeding Time: Many cabinet manufacturers offer pull-out drawers which discreetly house pet bowls. Add a roll-out cabinet with plastic kibble bins beside it and make feeding even more efficient. An easy way to create space for bowls away from feet (without losing storage) is by recessing a base cabinet and adding a little ledge.Quality kitchen companies can help you customize such a space most anywhere in your kitchen or utility room. 

These ideas are just scratch the surface of pet-friendly kitchen design. When you select a quality cabinet manufacturer along with a talented kitchen company, you can create almost anything to delight your furry friends. 

We love what we do ... and you will too.

We're also animal lovers at General Woodcraft. Our talented kitchen design team can help you to create a kitchen that you - and your pets - will enjoy for years to come. If you are within driving distance of our New London, CT kitchen design studio, schedule a complimentary one-hour consultation.

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How to Start Your Kitchen Design Process

Posted by Amy Cornell on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

 

Secrets to an Amazing Kitchen Design: Step One

Gesmondi-C1_-_2.jpgCongratulations! You’ve decided to redesign your kitchen. For a brief blissful moment you imagine the sweet sounds of sledgehammers tearing into outdated cabinetry and popcorn ceilings. Rather quickly and cruelly, giddy anticipation often turns to panic in the face of SO MANY impending renovation decisions. The kitchen design process can be a little overwhelming. We will show you in this article where to begin.

FIND YOUR STYLE - Deep breath. The best place to start when embarking on a kitchen redesign is to determine your style. Traditional kitchen? Contemporary style? Something in between? OK, you may think you know, but try this: collect photos of kitchens and spaces that speak to you. The resulting “albums” will uncover common threads to help you select cabinetry profiles, lighting, colors, and so much more. What you didn’t know about your tastes might surprise you.  Jot down your ideas. Make a folder. Have some fun!

WHERE TO LOOK - Magazines, pictures of friends' kitchens, TV shows, newspapers, Google image searches, cabinet manufacturer's websites. These are all good tools and places to start your kitchen planning. Websites like Pinterest and Houzz offer great collections of gorgeous kitchen photos. Create “books” and “boards” of what piques your interest while familiarizing yourself with kitchen design trends. Discover what you love about kitchen cabinetry, island design, custom molding and more. Find a gorgeous color that makes your heart race? Save it. Could be the show stopping paint color for your new kitchen island.

LOOK WITHIN – How, and who, will use your new kitchen? Are you and your spouse 6’-3” entertainers that need extra tall cabinets and ample space for dining and parties? Do you bake so much your friends call you “Cake Boss”? Have a houseload of kids? Teenagers? Empty nester? Maybe you have a dog at your feet for whom you’d like to carve a little under counter space. Consider too what’s working (or not) in your current kitchen. 

When you are ready for professional help, all of this information and your photo homework will be used by an experienced kitchen designer to help create the kitchen of your dreams. 

Stay tuned for our next installment - how to identify the right designer for your kitchen project. 

We love what we do ... and you will too.

If you live in Connecticut or Rhode Island, and would like to find out how General Woodcraft can transform your existing kitchen into something truly beautiful, please contact us today.  

Schedule a 1-hour complimentary kitchen design consultation

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Glass Cabinet Doors Create Kitchen Charm

Posted by Amy Cornell on Fri, May 01, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

 

general woodcraft custom cabinetryA great way to personalize your kitchen cabinetry is with custom glass front cabinet doors that showcase your style and your treasures. Glass options abound and styles vary to suit your taste: traditional, transitional, contemporary, etc . This photograph features Greenfield Cabinetry's full inset shaker style kitchen cabinets with opaque reeded glass.  If you want some sparkle on your kitchen cabinets, while maintaining some privacy, opaque glass is a great alternative to clear. Other popular glass choices include bubble, etched, clear, leaded, patterned and more. 

 

We love what we do ... and you will too.

If you love this kitchen too, General Woodcraft is an authorized dealer of Greenfield Cabinetry. Contact us to find out how our General Woodcraft kitchen designers can transform kitchen today.  

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Kitchen Design with a Place for Everything

Posted by Amy Cornell on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

 

cabinetry with purposeIf  your kitchen's overloaded cabinets could qualify you for the TV show 'Hoarders', we are here to help. Today's cabinet manufacturers have created ingenius storage solutions to make your new kitchen a thing of beauty AND organization. The key is to identify an experienced kitchen designer who will listen closely to your needs, assess your space and budget, then select a quality cabinet manufacturer whose solutions will best meet the goals of your kitchen renovation. Greenfield Cabinetry's custom cabinetry is featured and can be easily customized by General Woodcraft for your own supremely organized project.

We love what we do ... and you will too.

If you would like to find out more about how General Woodcraft can transform your Pinterest board and magazine clippings into reality, contact us today.

SCHEDULE A COMPLIMENTARY 1 - HOUR KITCHEN DESIGN CONSULTATION

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