Q: How long does it take to remodel a bathroom or kitchen?

A: Depending on the scope of the project it usually takes 4 - 8 weeks. This includes the removal of existing cabinets, rework of the area by sub contractors, dry walling, painting, new cabinetry, new counters and flooring. 

Q: How do I make my kitchen or bathroom space more efficient?

A: We developed many techniques for making the most of your space. For example, a spice rack that is concealed with a fluted frontal for tight spaces or a kidney style chrome Lazy Susan wheel for access to those hard to reach places. 

Q: Why are cabinets from national retailers so cheap?

A: Cabinets sold at national retail stores are made in bulk to fit into many houses and are often made with lower quality materials. These cabinets are not made to fit your particular needs and often will not meet your particular remodelling goals, such as dealing with an unusual space. Our design creativity and focus on individual needs allows Royal Wood Design to integrate unique ways to meet our clients' goals better than cheaper mass-produced products and therefore our customers can achieve a more efficient and beautiful kitchen or bath. 

Q: I'm working on a budget, but I want to re-do my kitchen or bathroom, what can you do?

A: Our first goal at Royal Wood Design is to allow each individual to still get their dream kitchen and meet your budget. One of the first things we do in our consultations is to discuss what your budget is and how to maximize your value.

Q: What about payment?

A: Most firms will require a percentage (usually 50 percent or so) when you sign the contract, additional payment (usually 50 percent) when cabinets are delivered and before installation begins. Our payment structure is a 25% deposit, followed by an 75% instalment once the cabinets have been delivered and inspected.

Q: What is the kitchen "work triangle" and why is it important?

A: The "work triangle" is the kitchen area from the refrigerator to the main cooking area to the main sink. Connect the three and it should form a triangle (unless you have a 'one-wall' kitchen). It's important because at or immediately adjacent to the triangle's points, all the key kitchen activities - food preparation, cooking and clean up - take place. The work triangle helps to ensure that your kitchen will be functional. It keeps cooking activities centered in one area, with all the necessities close at hand. 

Q: How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen or bathroom?

A: The price for a new kitchen or bathroom will be affected by (1) where you buy it (2) what features it includes and (3) the brands/models you select. For kitchens, pricing can range from $5,000 or so (if you do some work yourself) to as much as $30,000 and higher. On average, a medium size kitchen will cost from $8,000 - $26,000, including design, product and installation. Bathroom prices generally average between $500 and $5,000 when you're replacing everything. Again, the cost can be lower or considerably higher depending on what you're looking for. 

Q. What makes a kitchen more or less expensive?

A: Cabinets account for about half the total cost of the project and will have the greatest impact on your budget. They range in price based on quality, the type of material they are made of, and whether they are stock (readymade 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 remodelling 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. 

Q. What makes a bathroom remodelling more or less expensive?

A: No single element of a bathroom remodelling comprises a significantly larger portion of the costs than other elements. Cabinets are one of the biggest parts of the budget, accounting for approximately 34 percent of costs, on your average bathroom reno. So, the type and quality of cabinets you select will certainly affect your total cost. Not surprisingly, fixtures and fittings account for a high cost percentage in the bathroom. Expense for fixtures and fittings will vary depending on the brand, type of materials, and array of products you select. In bathrooms, installation accounts for nearly a quarter of the total cost. This is because the installation work in a bathroom tends to be intricate (for example, tile setting). If you're looking to cut corners, this is probably not the place to do it. 

Q: Who's the best person for the job?

A: There are a lot of professionals out there - interior designers, architects, remodelling contractors - but your best bet is to pick a designer or firm that specializes in the kitchen and bath area. You'll probably meet first at their office or showroom to share your ideas and basic needs. Then upon finalizing a footprint, the designer will come to your home to take careful measurements of the space, make note of plumbing and structural elements, and get a feel for your home's style. They will ask a lot of questions about your kitchen or bathroom, lifestyle and family. They'll be listening carefully so that the finished room you work to create reflects your personal taste and how you use the space. You'll choose products, colors and materials together, working within your budget. The relationship can go only as far as creating your design, or you may have the design professional act as a consultant, or he may manage the entire project for you - including hiring sub-contractors and scheduling the work and supervising the installation. 

Q: What can I do myself to help cut costs?

A: How much you can or should attempt to do depends entirely on your ability and knowledge of remodelling. You'll definitely be able to tear out old cabinets (be careful not to damage walls and beams), take up old vinyl flooring and handle trash removal. You may also want to paint or wallpaper on your own. You're better off letting the pros handle plumbing and appliance hook-ups - if you try it on your own, you may violate building codes or invalidate manufacturer warranties. It is our opinion that the most important thing would be to let a professional installer put your new cabinets in so that they look their best. 

Q: Where's the best place to put a microwave?

A: Like most things about your new kitchen, it will depend on how you and your family use the appliance. From a safety and accessibility standpoint, the microwave should be positioned so that the bottom of the appliance is 24" to 48" above the floor. Consult with your designer for the best place to locate it. 

Q: How much will my cabinets cost?

A: Cabinets vary dramatically in price just like cars or houses. Entry-level cabinets are less expensive than cabinets with special finishes and upgraded storage features. Royal Wood Design provides cabinetry that fits most any budget-from basic to bold. 

Q: How long will it take to get the cabinets I order?

A: Order time varies depending on the time of the year and the complexity of the job. The minimum time is roughly three weeks and can be as much as eight weeks during peak times of the year. 

Q: Can you design my kitchen from a sketch of the room that I provide?

A: We can certainly start with a sketch you provide. Your forethought in doing some homework can shorten the time needed to design the final layout. However, we will always do our own measurements to verify that the design will actually work. 

Q: Can you match my existing cabinets or furniture?

A: All woods and stains change color over time-some more so than others. In many cases, Royal Wood Design can find cabinetry that may be compatible with your existing cabinets or furniture. However, we cannot guarantee an exact match. 

Q: What are the most popular types of cabinets?

A: While popular cabinet styles and trends vary from year to year, traditional raised-panel oak styling is always a favourite due to affordability and durability. A current trend is a "stand-alone" furniture look that allows for highly customized design features using cabinetry from major manufacturers.Besides oak, certain wood species tend to be favoured by today's consumers. Maple is frequently used in remodelling because of its clean look and its ability to blend in with most existing finishes. Cherry has become increasingly popular as manufacturers have developed a variety of finishes allowing it to work in more applications. 

Q: Are the cabinets strong enough to support the weight of concrete or granite countertops?

A: Yes, they can support any standard counter on the market. All of our counters and islands are constructed using traditional joinery techniques. The weight of the countertops is spread out over the solid vertical and horizontal beams which make up the frame.