The dream of remodeling the old outdated kitchen area doesn't have to just be a dream. It can become a reality once you make up your mind that the time has come. But where do you start?
Steve and Ellen Kato reached that point last year. Their home was already five years old when they bought it in 1985. Thirty-two years later, they are still there and still love it -- but now even more than ever.
"I love the house, and I love the area, but I never loved the kitchen," Ellen said. "It took me 27 years to finally do something about it."
She said it was so narrow and small that only one person could work in it. The couple knew they didn't want to move from their home and their neighborhood, so the only thing to do was to remodel, and Ellen knew the time had come to do it.
Last year the Katos were strolling through the Spring Home and Garden Show at Weber County Fairground and stopped at the DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen booth, filled out a guest card and within a few days received a call from senior designer and sales manager Jim Stratton, inviting them to come to the DreamMaker showroom for a consultation.
The Katos first words to Stratton were, "We don't know where to start."
"You just did," Stratton said,
The rest is history.
The Katos had a complete remodel of not only their existing kitchen -- they also had a wall and closet removed that separated the kitchen and a dining room Ellen said was hardly used. This allowed room for a much bigger kitchen and family gathering area.
Ellen said the entire experience was easy and smooth from start to finish. The Katos knew on a daily basis what was happening, and all the work was done when DMBK said it would be done.
"With Jim and DMBK's carpenter Kevin Hansen guiding us through the entire process, all we had to do was decide what color schemes and textures to go with from the cabinets to the tile on the floor, and they did the rest, and the project was finished in six weeks. It was a wonderful experience, and we are so happy we decided to do this."
Ellen said they had Christmas at their home this year and there was plenty praise for their newly remodeled kitchen -- and yes, plenty of room for everyone.
Stratton said DreamMaker gets about 10 to 15 calls a week from people who want to upgrade their kitchens or bathrooms. He said not everyone wants a complete remodel, but maybe just new cabinets or countertops.
"But whatever a person's plan is, they need a contractor that they can trust to do a quality job in a timely manner for a reasonable price. This one decision will determine the success of turning your kitchen remodel into a reality or a nightmare. Take time to find the right contractor. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run."
Stratton said DMBK's goal is to help people have a wonderful experience as they discover the possibilities of what can be done to improve their home. The company wants to turn what can be an extremely stressful and frustrating experience into a fun and enjoyable process with great results that will last for years to come.
"Everyone has in mind their own style and what they want the end result to be," Stratton said. "But if it is just touching up a room or giving it a whole new look, we have everything you need to remodel your home, all in one place."
Right now he said, the trend is geared toward clean lines and warm colors and a more modern and traditional look. Some of the newer looks today are glass mosaics for back splashes, chrome fixtures, and quartz countertops. Quartz is comparable to granite, because it is made from ground-up granite, and it can be permanently sealed for easier up keep.
Typical design process for remodeling with DreamMaker
1. Meet with a DMBK designer, who will listen to all your wants and needs for the new kitchen. An investment level/budget for the project will be discussed and clarified.
2. A designer will come to your home for a home survey to give a rough estimate based on information gathered. A Design/Build Retainer Agreement will be presented in order for the designer to prepare a preliminary design concept.
3. You will meet with the designer at the Design Center to review the preliminary plans, specifications and estimate in order to generate a written proposal for the project.
4. You will meet with the designer again at the Design Center to go over the final concept plans. After reviewing and then signing a detailed written proposal and paying your down payment, your project is put on the production schedule.
5. The designer will arrange a pre-start conference to go over the schedule and the process of construction and installation.
6. And then the fun begins! Your lead carpenter will be the main contact throughout the entire installation process. If you have any questions or concerns, you can also call the designer or production manager who will do their best to ensure a quality installation and a fabulous finished space.