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Our design process

Design is relevant to everything we do in life. Professional design helps ensure a satisfactory outcome for your remodeling project. The design process begins by evaluating and understanding the present pattern of your family’s activities and anticipating ways you and your family will change and evolve over time. EKD will work closely with you to:

Universal Design considerations

Universal design principles ensure that your kitchen will be accessible and usable by people of varying ages, sizes and abilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to begin the kitchen design process?
Start by making a list of what you like and do not like about your present kitchen. Also, log onto Houzz.com and Pinterest.com and bookmark kitchen photos that capture your interest and style. Focus on colors, cabinet style, appliances, and finishes. This bit of homework will establish a framework from which to begin the dialogue. Your next step is to schedule an in-house EKD consultation.
How much can I expect to pay for a kitchen remodel?
The best way to estimate your kitchen remodeling costs is to educate yourself about all the elements involved in the kitchen remodeling process. The process begins with the design, which defines for you all the specifics involved for the project. A comprehensive kitchen design will include the kitchen layout as well as specifications for cabinetry, countertops, appliances and fixtures. Part of the process will involve a time commitment on your end to “touch and feel” these elements in person.

In general, it is best not to underestimate the total cost for the kitchen if you want quality materials and workmanship.Once you are educated in detail about the costs, they will make sense to you For simple straightforward kitchens, you can expect to pay a minimum of $60,000 and upwards of $75,000 for those that are more complex.
How long will it take to complete the project?
There are two large blocks of time devoted to the process: design and planning, and demolition and installation. The design and planning phase requires most of your energy and time if you want the final project outcome to be what you want. The more thorough and precise you are in selecting all items needed to complete your kitchen, the smoother the demolition and installation will proceed without delays.

In general, for a simple remodel, not requiring complex building permitting, the entire process takes about 6-8 weeks. For more complex projects, the process can span 10-12 weeks or more.
What if I don’t have any clue about what I want for my new kitchen?
EKD can confidently assist you in finding your “style” even if you think you do not know what it is. Everyone has their own preference, it just needs to be discovered.

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