FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How much is the kitchen going to cost?
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. Stevens Kitchens provides cabinetry that fits almost any budget...from basic to bold.
How long will it take to get the cabinets I order?
Order time varies depending on the manufacturer 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.
Can you design my kitchen from a sketch of the room that I provide?
We can certainly start with a sketch you provide. Doing your 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.
What is the best type of countertop for the kitchen? For bathrooms? For the laundry room?
There are many possible countertop choices. As with cabinets, your budget needs to be matched with your desire for flexibility of design and product longevity. Laminate, solid surface, quartz-enhanced and granite are all good choices. Look at the pros and cons of each here.
Can you match my existing cabinets or furniture?
All woods and stains change color over time...some more so than others. In many cases, Stevens Kitchens can find cabinetry that may be compatible with your existing cabinets or furniture. In no case can we guarantee an exact match.
What construction features should I look for when choosing cabinets?
Certain construction features are a sign of quality cabinets. A savvy consumer will look for things such as finished backs in all cabinets, drawer guides that also support the drawer bottom, conversion varnish (not lacquer) finishes, multi-way adjustable hinges, adjustable shelves, and a wide range of heights and depths. Newer convenience features include: soft-close hinges and drawers, multi-function drawer systems, and optional task lighting.
What are the most popular types of cabinets?
Besides maple and cherry, certain wood species tend to be favored by today's consumers. Maple is frequently used in remodeling 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.
What is the difference between builder grade and custom cabinets?
Builder grade cabinets are made with inexpensive material such as particle board and come in certain sizes which cannot customized to measurements. Custom cabinets and semi-custom cabinets are a higher quality material and design which can be customized to sizes and design of your project.
How much does a kitchen designer cost?
The average cost of a kitchen designer can range from $40-$50/hr for low end and up to $150/hr for high end. Sometimes kitchen designers charge a percentage that ranges from 5-10% depending on the size of the project.
Why would I pay for a kitchen designer?
A designer gets paid for their expertise in recommendations about available products and materials such as countertops, cabinets and lights that fit a customer's budget. He is not only hired for his creativity but also his knowledge on the technical aspects of the renovation. Their design will make your kitchen beautiful, safe and in accordance with building codes.
Is your pricing comparable to the Home Centers?
Well it's hard to compare apples to oranges because we are not the same as a home center. Our company prides itself on the special detail designs Steve creates with our customers according to their specific wants and needs as well as our customer communication and coordination services. However, many times clients have told us, after looking at the Home Centers and looking at us, they were glad they chose us because they got more of what they wanted for a comparable price.
Can I do some of the work myself to save money?
Yes and we can offer advice on the best ways to get the job done so the entire project can work smoothly between us.
What costs may increase my estimate?
Your cabinet selection, door style and finish options can increase the cost. Upgrades and accessories will be additional. Countertops upgrades, higher end plumbing fixtures and upgraded tile selections will increase your estimate. Construction changes such as a sink or island moved will also increase the estimate. Unforeseen electrical and plumbing services may increase the end invoice after demo begins. It just depends on what is most important to you and how you would like the overall project to look and feel.
Can I replace my cabinets but keep the same floor?
What types of cabinets do you carry?
We have custom cabinet lines as well as semi-custom. You may also just order the cabinets from us, have them delivered and install them yourself. If you are trying to remodel an investment property on a budget, we have a cabinet line for those as well.
What payment do you accept?
cash, check or credit card
Do you offer special pricing for contractors or builders?
Yes, contact us.
What areas do you serve?
Depends on the size of the project. Most projects are in the Greater Central Florida area.
Do you offer free consults?
Yes and it includes a free design for full kitchens and baths. Revisions or other projects include a retainer fee.
Could I just pay for a design if I already have someone to do the work?
Yes. You may purchase a design only or purchase a design and order cabinets without purchasing the other services we offer.
Why should we come to you rather than a competitor or Home Center?
We encourage you to do your homework and compare. Ensure that you take a look at not just price but who you have to work with, what their communication is like, what are the services they offer, what are you really getting for your budget. Many of our clients tell us that it was the whole package that we offered that is priceless. Our testimonials speak for themselves. We pride ourselves on our creative yet affordable projects, our continuous communication with clients and subs as well as the relationship and hand holding we provide to customers. We have been told many times that we are loved because we listen and we care. Many times we hear clients say they got more than what they expected with our designs. But you must observe and feel that for yourself. Give us a call or stop on by, we would love to meet you in person!