Top Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Contractor

Top Questions to Ask Your Kitchen ContractorIf you’ve never hired a kitchen contractor before, you may not know what the important questions to ask are.  Judging by online reviews or websites is a great starting point, but you should take advantage of consultations and face-to-face meetings with your contractor to ask key questions and learn more about them and their work.  Here are a few important questions to ask:

Are You A BBB Member?

A BBB Accredited Business Profile implies trust, honesty, transparency and integrity for a wide range of businesses, including contractors.  Top-quality businesses will have a BBB membership in good standing, without unresolved issues.

How Many Kitchens Have You Completed?

The more experience your contractor has, the better.  How long have they been in business, and how busy have they been?

Can You Provide References?

And not just any references – prefer recent and local references. The good work your company did in 1995 is less relevant to your needs today than someone they worked with last month.

Do You Manufacture and Install Your Own Products?

An in-house staff who can create custom stuff for you will save you money in the long run.  The best contractors will have on-site construction and a good relationship with vendors to source supplies from elsewhere.

Do They Have Staff On-Hand to Answer Questions?

If questions, concerns or complications come up during your kitchen remodel, you want to be able to communicate quickly and effectively with your contractor.  You want to make sure you get expert answers in a timely manner.

Can You Guarantee a Start Date?

Your life and schedule are very important – to the extent possible, contractors should work around your schedule, rather than vice-versa.

Are Your Installers Certified?

Installers are generally the ones doing the final work – installing flooring, cabinetry and appliances.  You want to ensure that they’re certified, so they have the proper education, training and experience needed to do the job properly.

How to Improve an “L”-Shaped Kitchen

How to Improve an L-Shaped KitchenAn “L”-shaped kitchen layout is one of the best out there.  It’s extremely functional, with everything in easy reach, and it works well with open floor plans, which is the “in” style at the moment.  It’s one of the best layouts to start working with, as its basic function and shape are ideal for an attractive, functional space.

That doesn’t mean you can’t improve it, however!  The experts at Solid Surface Canada have some great suggestions on how to take your “L”-shaped kitchen to the next level:

Customize Your Work Triangle

The “kitchen work triangle” concept states that the main kitchen appliances – your refrigerator, stovetop and sink – should be within a few steps of where you prep the food, forming an efficient and accessible triangle.  Well, that’s true for most people, but perhaps not for you.  Maybe you don’t use your oven very frequently – it might be the microwave you want close at hand.  If you find yourself not using your oven, or rarely using your stovetop, you can move them out of the center of your kitchen, putting regularly used pieces of equipment within arm’s reach.

Raise Your Cabinets

Running out of storage space?  Most kitchens have tons of extra room, just waiting to be exploited – there’s a gap between most cabinets and the ceiling.  For an “L”-shaped kitchen, where storage is often at a premium, extending those cabinets up to the ceiling is a great way to add that little bit of extra storage.

Open Shelving

An “L”-shaped kitchen involves a lot of wall space, as it bends around a corner.  Sometimes, two walls worth of solid cabinets can be difficult on the eye, or a problem for decorating.  Replacing some cabinets with open shelving can create better visibility and break up that wall of cabinetry.

Upgrade Your Countertops

Of course, the best upgrade for any kitchen is putting in brand new solid surface countertops.  Corian, Avonite, Formica – no matter what you have in mind, Solid Surface Canada can help.  Contact us today!