A Contractor and Kitchen Design Center Approach

Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation

A kitchen remodeling project is often a big project. Kitchen remodeling is more involved than remodeling other parts of a home.

The key focus of this blog post is to inform how a kitchen design center takes the burden off a construction contractor. Let’s delve into why a kitchen design center, when teamed up with a builder, combines all the necessary skills and detailed understanding needed to complete a kitchen remodeling project.

A kitchen renovation project has a great deal of complexity. The knowledge and experience of both a general contractor and a kitchen design team is a winning combination.

Even a minor update calls for expertise in

  • Planning
  • Carpentry
  • Electrical work
  • Plumbing
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Flooring and tiling

Any general contractor can cover the planning, carpentry, electrical, and plumbing but may need to learn essential details about cabinetry and appliances. The homeowner will be most satisfied when all the elements come together to complete their kitchen remodeling project successfully.

Let’s look at a kitchen remodeling project from the perspective of the skills and experience needed.

Kitchen Remodeling Contractor Qualifications

How might a homeowner choose the right contractor to transform their kitchen into their desired outcome in the most streamlined and cost-effective manner?

A homeowner will examine the remodeling contractor’s qualifications, service offerings, and work excellence.

A Contractor and Kitchen Design Center Approach

General Contractor

A general contractor will be operating with a general contractor business model.

An invaluable general contractor will have experience with a wide variety of projects. Experience is certainly beneficial to a homeowner. Varied experience is precious. The experienced general contractor is even more valuable to the homeowner if they also have plenty of experience with kitchens.

A general contractor typically has more experience in non-kitchen but certainly home-related projects, such as earthwork, masonry, and roofing. Let’s imagine a kitchen remodeling project will include an addition. The project may need earthwork, landscaping, masonry (a patio adjacent to the kitchen, for example), and roofing. A general contractor will be an excellent choice.

Moreover, a general contractor would be perfect if your project involves a whole-home renovation.

However, a general contractor will rarely have experience in kitchen design details. That is where a kitchen design center – working with the homeowner and the general contractor – provides exceptional value.

Kitchen Remodeling Specialist

Kitchen remodeling specialists focus on all things related to kitchens. Many of these individuals also offer design services to help flesh out your vision for the new space before building it.

A homeowner who desires to renovate an old kitchen will gain much by working with a kitchen design specialist. These experts in kitchen design will have in-depth knowledge of cabinets, appliances, flooring, and tile. A kitchen design specialist will attend classes and seminars conducted by appliance vendors to learn about the latest in kitchen technology and convenience for the homeowner.

Contractor skills are required for any significant renovation project.

A kitchen design center is perfect for a homeowner, contractor, and kitchen design specialist to meet. A kitchen design center, with products that include cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, and tile, enables a streamlined approach to selecting key components. Most importantly, the homeowner benefits, and it is a wise contractor that uses the support available at a kitchen design center.

Therefore, consider, as part of the overall credentials of a general contractor how they understand the intricacies of a kitchen design and component selection.

Important Credentials

Credentials count—check them. Insurance counts, so check to be sure a contractor is properly insured. A kitchen remodeling contractor should be licensed and insured. States grant contractor licenses differ from county or municipality business licenses. A contractor needs to earn a license. A contractor must pass rigorous testing to prove their knowledge of the trades, business practice, and law.

However, the in-depth knowledge of sophisticated modern appliances and technology and details of the latest styles in kitchen cabinetry is not part of a licensing program.

Services a Kitchen Design Center Offers

The Delmarva Design Center in Selbyville, Delaware, has a showroom where all the major kitchen remodeling components are on display.

There is an extensive line of cabinetry makers. High-quality appliances and a vast selection of countertop materials, flooring, and tile are available for review and selection.

The Delmarva Design Center is a one-stop shop for kitchen components. Moreover, with access to kitchen design experts, the Delmarva Design Center is a perfect place to define a general plan with the general contractor which also can lead to making specific selections.

A homeowner will appreciate working with a contractor who has a project-enhancing relationship with a design center that will help to increase and improve the value to the homeowner. Teams consistently outperform individuals. A kitchen remodeling project with a team approach that includes the homeowner at the center, a general contractor, and kitchen design experts supporting each other is a team designed for success.

A kitchen remodeling project can have many aspects where a general contractor is needed and valued.

A general contractor will be involved in:

  • Demolition of the old kitchen
  • Restoration or repair of the existing structure to prepare for the new build
  • Construction of the new kitchen

General contractors will have a complete understanding of the architectural and structural details of the project. They will be skilled in demolition, restoration, and construction. A design center can strengthen the effort in specific kitchen-related items.

These items include:

  • Cabinetry
  • Appliances
  • Countertops
  • Flooring and Tile
  • Specific Kitchen Design

The kitchen design image gallery below will give you a sense of the many design options available for cabinetry, appliances, technology, and countertops. Including a kitchen design center in your kitchen renovation project is valuable. The homeowner achieves a better result.

As a contractor, you want to offer your clients a complete solution and convenience. Teaming up with the Delmarva Design Center enables a contractor to provide a complete solution in a client-friendly manner.

If you are a homeowner planning a kitchen remodeling project, ask your contractor to visit the Delmarva Design Center with you. If you are a contractor and working with a client on a kitchen remodeling project, then make them aware that a visit to a kitchen-specific design center will help to achieve their desired results – a kitchen that is both highly functional and beautiful too!

Some Tips on How to Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Start your search by assembling a list of contractors. Use your network to learn about contractors in your area. References from people whom you trust are valuable. You can also check their ratings on the Better Business Bureau (BBB). In your research, look for red flags such as bad reviews on Google or Yelp.

Reduce your pool of candidates to the top three. Prioritize your shortlist and reach out, starting with your leading candidate. Provide an overview of the project and any added services you’ll need, like architecture or design. You should also explore their experience with kitchen renovations and their connections with a kitchen-specific design center.

Questions to Ask a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

As a homeowner, an essential part of the project will be to establish your budget.

To receive accurate quotes from multiple contractors for the same work, provide each contractor with the same information. Give them as much detail as possible about specific materials, brands, or other choices you’ve already made.

Include the following:

  • Budget
  • Kitchen design
  • Cabinet types
  • Appliances
  • Countertop and flooring brands and materials
  • Placement of electrical components
  • Acceptable working hours
  • Timeline

When proposals come in, review the documents for professionalism and content. Bids should be detailed and well-defined.

They should include:

  • Price
  • Payment schedule
  • Scope of work
  • Site plan
  • Schedule of primary construction tasks
  • Change order clause
  • Procedural list for closeout
  • Express limited warranty
  • Dispute resolution clause

Both homeowners and contractors will benefit from working with a kitchen design center. Project details will be easier to establish, and the results will be improved. Visit the Delmarva Design Center in Selbyville, Delaware, as part of your research before finalizing any plans for the kitchen renovation project.

The DDC Kitchen Design Team has extensive experience in these five key product areas.

Cabinetry  •  Appliances  •  Countertops  •  Flooring  •  Tile

The DDC Kitchen Design Team has extensive experience in these five key product areas.

Cabinetry  •  Appliances  •  Countertops  •  Flooring  •  Tile

Kitchen and Bath Design Center In Delaware

The Delaware Kitchen and Bath Design Center in Selbyville, Delaware, can help a homeowner and contractor create a better result. Add the Delmarva Design Center to your kitchen renovation team. You will have more ideas to make your new kitchen better, easier to conceive and bring together, and more cost-effective.

Very few kitchen design centers in the United States offer cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, and tile. The Delmarva Design Center has everything you need under one roof.

Visit the Delmarva Design Center at 38507 Dupont Boulevard in Selbyville, Delaware, to see our wide selection of kitchen cabinets, appliances, countertop materials, and flooring.