Question by October Babies: Kitchen Remodel- purchase the cabinet & counter-top separately from the contractor?
Hi, hoping someone with experience can help me on this. I’m remodeling my kitchen and my budget is around $ 10,000…which includes: new cabinets, new granite counter-top, sink and range & microwave built in hood, pretty much new everything but the fridge and dishwasher. I know DIY will save me money but being single mom with two toddler i just don’t have the time and I’m so not a handy person so i don’t trust myself to do any of these things properly. The contractor quoted me for around $ 11000-$ 12000 (i’ve check their ccb# and they do not have any complaints and have pretty good rating with BBB) and this is going through him to get the cabinets..etc. My question is would be be cheaper/better if I purchase the cabinets & counter-top separately through another company or go through the contractor? If you have done a kitchen remodel before with a contractor any suggestion you can give me is greatly appreciated.
My kitchen is on the small size 10×10.
Ooops, also do i need a permit to remodel my kitchen. I’m not tearing down anything major. Just put a picture window in the bearing wall between the kitchen and living room.
Answer by Richard
I am a licensed contractor and have remodeled many different kitchens
From what you have listed it sounds like you found a respectable contractor are getting a lot kitchen for your money, I have done kitchens of comparable size with $ 9,000 in just cabinets alone
I wouldn’t discourage you from checking with other sources on cabinets and granite, just make sure you have a correctly measured kitchen design/lay out and know all the spec’s from his quote
Cabinets-manufacturer, style, construction grade, accessories and moldings.
Countertop- color, grade of stone, thickness, square footage, edge finish and cutouts.
As this all influences the cost, There can be a huge difference in material, quality and price and you want to compare apples to apples.
It’s always a good practice for both parties to go through all these details together and have it on paper so everyone is on the same page and knows exactly what to expect for the finish product.
Several of the kitchens I have done the homeowner has supplied the cabinets and counter tops.
However I must caution you,
If you choose to go that route your daily involvement and responsibility in the project increases dramatically.
You personally will be responsible for the purchasing of the cabinets, scheduling delivery and any damaged missing or overlooked items your contractor needs to move ahead.
Also the counter top fabricator/installer now becomes “Your” subcontractor, you will be responsible for scheduling template and install visits that must coincide with the progress of your cabinet install and all other tradesman’s scheduling (flooring, tile, paint ect.) you should be onsite to meet them, answer any questions and deal with any issues that might arise during installation, then sign off on the finished product and making final payment.
Do you need a permit? That depends upon your local building departments guidelines, most municipalities require one if you alter structure (bearing wall) or significantly alter or change systems such as plumbing and electric wiring by adding on additional items or relocating existing fixtures.
I hope this is helpful and hope you end up with a beautiful new kitchen.
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