Why a General Contractor is Too General

By Women Designing Kitchens at Royal Kitchen Designs

Open any magazine or newspaper and you’ll find dozens of ads for home remodeling services. With so many choices, how do you know who to hire? Do you pick an interior designer, kitchen planner or general contractor? Considering the average kitchen remodeling project costs more than $20,000, you do not want to make a costly mistake.

With over 75 years of industry experience, we can safely say that your best bet is to hire a company that offers all three specialties. Finding such a group may not be easy.

There are many suppliers that claim to offer kitchen design services, but all they really do is design around their product offerings. There are also many general contractors who have recently entered the kitchen remodeling business. While they certainly have the construction qualifications, a general contractor lacks the design acumen needed to create a truly functional and stylish kitchen.

A full-service kitchen remodeling company will offer everything you need under one roof – an experienced kitchen designer to create a well-designed kitchen, an interior designer to create an attractive space that coordinates with the rest of the home, and a general contractor to actually complete the installation.

The kitchen designer plays a pivotal role. He or she will most likely be your primary contact and project manager. To begin the process, the kitchen designer will sit down with you and discuss your budget as well as your goals and visions so that they can create a kitchen workspace that meets all of your needs. Often times they will utilize a lengthy questionnaire to ensure nothing is overlooked.

A kitchen designer also keeps current on the latest trends. He or she has a great deal of knowledge about appliances, cabinetry, counter top choices, back splashes, lighting and flooring options. It is their job to make your dream kitchen a reality.

The next step is to meet with the interior designer. He or she will ensure that the kitchen redesign flows with the rest of the house. They will pay close attention to the color, style, textures, lighting, and flooring. The interior designer will share their suggestions with the kitchen designer who will incorporate them into the overall kitchen design.

Once the kitchen style, budget and décor have been determined, the kitchen designer will provide a detailed design plan. Be sure to avoid any company that does not provide a design plan with sizes and measurements indicated. This can only lead to errors.

A full-service firm will then send in their general contractor to make sure all the measurements are accurate. They will also confirm that all structural, electrical and plumbing issues are resolved before any work begins. The general contractor is responsible for all the work on the project, from demolition to installation.

As you can see, by hiring a full-service kitchen remodeling company you have hired a team of experts that will handle each and every part of the project. In next month’s column will be explore what questions you should ask when interviewing contractors and kitchen remodelers.

Royal Kitchen Designs is a full-service interior design and renovation company specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and luxurious living spaces. The company has been serving Broward and South Palm Beach counties for almost a decade. From custom kitchens and beautiful baths to designer draperies, every Royal Kitchen Designs project receives the royal touch. With over 75 years of combined experience, owners Margie Levy and Eliane Berdah can turn any home into a castle. Call Royal Kitchen Designs at (954) 717-1805 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Royal Kitchen Designs writes a monthly advice column answering your questions about interior design and home remodeling. Please e-mail your questions to lilmargie38@aol.com or mail to: Royal Kitchen Designs, 5608 Travelers Palm Lane, Tamarac, FL, 33319. For more information visit www.royalkitchendesigns.com.