Frequently Asked Questions
What makes a kitchen more or less expensive?
Cabinets account for about half the total cost of the project and will have the greatest impact on your budget. They range in price considerably based on quality, the type of material they are made of, and whether they are stock (ready made in specific sizes) or custom (produced specifically for your kitchen in whatever sizes are needed). The material you choose for surfaces including counters, backsplashes and floors can also account for variations in price.
Other key elements that factor in to the equation are talent and workmanship. In the remodeling business, you tend to get what you pay for. An accomplished designer, skilled sub-tradesmen and expert installation crew may cost more. But you’ll appreciate their ability every time you use your kitchen.
How can I possibly pay for a new kitchen?
Like any major purchase, you should only spend what you can afford to spend. That means setting a budget and sticking to it. If you work with a professional kitchen designer, he’ll help you make the most of it – and he’ll respect the budget you’ve set.
As for payment, there are a number of options. Some homeowners tap into personal savings to get the kitchen of their dreams. Others take out home equity loans. And many times, professional kitchen/bath firms will work with lending institutions to offer financing options much like car dealers do. If you’re buying a house and know you’ll need to remodel the kitchen, you may be able to incorporate the costs in your mortgage.
What is granite?
Granite is a crystalline igneous rock composed primarily of quartz, mica and feldspar. It forms from slowly cooling magma that is subjected to extreme pressures deep beneath the earth’s surface.
Is natural stone a good investment?
Having been a General Contractor in both the new and remodel market, natural stone is a tremendous investment. Two things sell homes: Kitchens and Master Baths. Nationally, the payback for remodels on Kitchens and Master Baths is over 90% return on your investment. In DC area, where Granite prices are less expensive than the national average, your investment will be even better.
Why else is granite a superior choice for counter-tops?
Besides its strength and durability, granite is available in thousands of colors. New quarries are being discovered and every quarry produces a unique palette. Unlike synthetic material, the colors and textures of granite can change every few feet and vary from slab to slab. Every counter-top is unique and nothing compares to the beauty of nature.
Why are some stones more expensive than others?