Budgeting for a Kitchen Remodeling Project

Budgeting for a Kitchen Remodeling Project The budgets for kitchens can vary considerably based on project scope and material selections. The 5% to 15% Rule can help you establish a reasonable starting point for your kitchen budget. The 5% to 15% Rule states: The entire kitchen project (including cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting, trim molding & wall coverings) should... Read More »

Easy Being Green Remodeling

Easy Being Green Remodeling The secret to realistic green remodeling is taking small steps selected to fit your individual project.  Through education, persistence and flexibility many small changes can be introduced into your project to deliver a big change in sustainability. What to Look for in a Green Remodeling Firm As you are evaluating firms to assist you with your green... Read More »

How the EPA RRP Rule Affects Your Remodeling Project

How the EPA RRP Rule Affects Your Remodeling Project As of April 2010, the EPA “Renovation, Repair and Painting” (RRP) program is in affect.  This post outlines the key considerations for the new EPA rule. EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 homes, child care facilities and schools be... Read More »

5 Advantages of Design/Build Construction

5 Advantages of Design/Build Construction Here are five key advantages to using the design/build method of construction over the classic design-bid-build method. Single source of accountability – The design/build approach provides a single source for your entire project.  In the classic design-bid-build method the owner must: Select an architect/designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select... Read More »

Kitchen Cabinet Basics

Kitchen Cabinet Basics Since cabinets represent a significant portion of your kitchen remodeling budget (40-50%), it is helpful to understand the basic kitchen cabinet types and pricing implications.  The cabinet types – ready to assemble, stock, semi-custom and custom – refer to the level of customization available and not necessarily the quality of the cabinet. Ready to Assemble (RTA) are purchased dismantled and are put... Read More »