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Kitchen Remodel Part 1 Considering a remodel...

Posted on January 11, 2015 at 4:01 PM Comments comments (36)
Kitchen Remodel Part 1-  Considering a remodel...

I am often asked what does a kitchen remodel cost?

 This question is difficult to answer correctly with no information on what type of remodel, but I generally reply with a silly answer of between $1,000.00 to $100,000.00 to help break the ice.  I start by getting some feedback from potential customers by listening to there ideas and desires to help me start to get an idea of what they are visioning. As these visions start to get clear I am now able to start with verbal ballpark estimates. This generally helps both myself and the client see a direction that we can start working on going to. In a little bit of time with me we would be able to work on budgeting estimate for your project. 

How long will I be without my kitchen?   

 After we have an idea of the scope of the project this will allow us to answer this question accurately. A vague answer can be from a few days to few months.   

What inconveniences am I going to have?
 You will probably be doing more take out or going out to eat at restaurants. With a family this can be expensive and a challenging process. This is also important for budgeting. Without having a kitchen it can be disruptive to your everyday routine. -Where am I am going to wash any dishes,glasses etc. We have seen washtubs, bathroom sinks, bathtubs and outside hoses used for daily clean up.  The time of the year can be important to you and your family as well for a variety of reasons.

How long does the entire Process take?
Design Process is dependent on the scope of the project. 
Semi custom cabinets lead time can be 4-6 weeks.
Custom cabinets 6-12 weeks
Installation  time based on scope of the project.

There can be a lot time involved in picking out your Kitchen cabinets, moldings, options for cabinets, counter top, sink(s), Faucet(s), lighting, tile, flooring, paint etc...  A lot of people generally only go through 1 or 2 large remodels in their lifetime so I understand that you will need help.  Don't be Stressed and have fun with it! 

My thoughts to possibly help you out in your decision process is;
 DO NOT have any regrets.

Thanks for reading!

-See you soon for Part 2 - How do I start the process...

Please share with your friends and family. I encourage and welcome your feedback.

Its cold outside... The scoop on Frost Free Hose Bibs

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 1:03 PM Comments comments (41)
They Myth/Truth about Frost Free hose Bibs

Frost Free Hose Bibs are Great and a lot of houses have them. They are great for the winter season since there is no need to shut the water off to the Valve and drain the water from them. How it works it that the valve that opens the water to the faucet is inside the house in a conditioned /Heated space. However, there is a possible issue with them if you leave your hose hooked up.

What? Huh? 
 I have replaced some of these "Frost Free" Faucets that have burst/cracked/split due to the hose being attached that still had water in it. What happens is the water in the hose starts to Freeze in the cold weather and has no place to go. It cracks the body of the valve and causes a little leak and generally stops when the water in that area has run out. A lot of people miss this little leak in the Winter and don't see any evidence of a leak. However, they notice it in the Spring when they turn the hose on and water is running inside of there house instead of outside. So if your hoses are still hooked up outside disconnect them. If you have a concern, you can investigate this by taking a look at the valve assembly and inspecting it for cracks/splits from inside your house.

I would love to hear your thoughts/suggestions/stories and comments.

New! Just added Blog.

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 8:09 AM Comments comments (298)
Welcome to the Jeff Boyer Home Improvements Blog! This is a first, so hang in there for Great useful information or just general discussion.