I totally hate watching HG TV shows about remodeling and waiting, and waiting for the final reveal. All I want to see is the before and after pictures. So then I kept you waiting for the final blog forever. The actual job was completed a few weeks ago, but in my defense, I was waiting for the final pictures. Now that I have them it was worth the wait.
We are always very careful to ensure that kitchen and bathroom jobs run as smoothly as possible, but as with most things you never know what is going to happen. This particular job ran very smoothly. A little part of me was hoping that something would happen so I could blog about it, but luckily, there was not a hitch. I would say the vast majority of our projects do go this way and when we do run into problems, we have the resources and the expertise to deal with them. Sometimes we encounter problems that are overcome so quickly the homeowner never even knows about them.
I would like to get on my high horse for just a minute and talk about how important it is to hire a contractor that has the know how to avoid the common pitfalls of remodeling and the resources to handle them in a timely fashion. I often watch “Holmes on Homes” and I am as shocked and disgusted as Mike Holmes when I see how some companies or individuals rip off and endanger their customers. But part of me cannot help but wonder how the homeowner found the person that did the remodeling. Did they use resources such as NARI (Nations Association of The Remodeling Industry)? Did they get references and actually call and speak to the homeowners? Did they make sure the contractor secured the proper permits so the projects were inspected for safety? Did they get three quotes and then hire the least expensive of the three, or did they hire their friend’s brother who does remodeling on the side? Sometimes the least expensive company is a great company and sometimes your friend’s brother is a great guy with great skills, but sometimes making decisions like this is a recipe for disaster. I wish all remodelers had the skill and integrity that we have. It makes me sad that the industry we have put our heart and soul into has garnered such a bad reputation. So please do your “due diligence”, check references, get permits and make sure whoever you hire has insurance. These steps will ensure that you get the product and the service you want.
Ok, I am getting off my high horse and moving on the the fun stuff. Before and After photos.
So there you have it. A typical kitchen remodel from start to finish. I would like to thank the homeowners for allowing to work with them on the design and then letting me use their project for this blog. They have been truly wonderful to work for. Every project we do reflects the tastes and needs of individuals, the final results are as much, or more, a product of their imagination as mine. Bob and Joe enjoyed being at their house and especially enjoyed all the tasty treats the homeowner provided.
I am hoping to continue this blog with more projects as they come up. Hopefully we will be starting a screen room addition soon that I would like to blog about and this summer we are going to be working on a spectacular kitchen project located near Lake Michigan on the East side of Milwaukee. I may also fill in, as time allows, with blogs about design, product and other topics that are pertinent to the remodeling industry.