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Buying the “Right” Cabinet

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By Brent Moore, Mimi Vanderhaven Pub

Q: We’re considering new cabinetry for our kitchen and new vanities for the baths. How can we be sure we’re getting the most for our money?—Will C., Westlake

A: When it comes to cabinetry, quality costs—and it counts. Depending upon your needs, and your budget, different options or features may or may not make sense for you. It’s important to know if you plan to remain in your home for several years or if you’ll be selling in the near future; that could affect some of your choices. You’ll also want to consider the usage a particular room is getting. That may also impact the quality you consider.

If your budget can accommodate a “great” cabinet as opposed to a “good” one, it’s always best to spend a little more up front in order to reap the rewards of better quality for years to come. We at Moore Home Remodeling can help you determine how far up or down the quality and design ladder you should go to make sure you get everything you’re looking for.

Here are some of the features that can affect the cost of a cabinet or vanity:

Construction – How is the cabinet put together? Does it feature a cam-lock assembly, glue and fasteners, or pocket screws?
Materials – Is the cabinet made of solid plywood or particleboard?
Hinge Hardware – Are the closures steel soft-close with full extension, or are they the coated roller style?
Finish – Is the finish a paint or stain?
Interior Accessories – Do you want a pull-out trash bin and/or shelving?
Style – Will you be sticking with the simple, stock designs or opting for more designer-like features, such as inset doors or an aged look?
Cost – Will your cabinets be oak, cherry, or maple? Certain wood species cost more.

These are just some of the factors to consider, but there are many others. Give us a call and we can help you devise a wish list of wants and must-haves to determine which cabinet type is right for your project.

You can learn more about the difference a design-build firm like Moore Home Remodeling can offer by calling Brent Moore at 440-941-4MHR (4647). The web address is www.MooreRemodeling.com.

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Moore Home Remodeling Ask the Expert – How to Start a Home Renovation Project

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Moore Home Remodeling’s Home Design Consultant, Diana Phillips, explains the first steps in starting a home renovation project. Ask the Experts by Moore Home Remodeling provides professional knowledge in home remodeling industry to help you make smart choices for your next remodeling project.

What Goes Into a Good Kitchen Design when Remodeling?

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mimivanderhaven.com on 11/12/2012 – 01:57 pm

What Goes Into a Good Design?

By Brent Moore

Q: I have a tight budget. Can an MHR project design provide a cost estimate?—Darlene C., Rocky River

A: At Moore Home Remodeling, we’re all about what works best for our clients. Part of that includes careful planning for any project and a solid design. In fact, it is a crucial part of the entire project.

It is always our goal to provide our clients with as much control over their investments as possible, something that’s difficult to do if you don’t have a good understanding of the costs associated with your project and how the design plays a role in that.

For a remodeling project, we create a proposal, based on the design/layout that has allowances for finish items or, whenever possible, we assist our clients in making those finish item selections for even more accurate estimating. We hate surprises as much as our homeowners do and try to avoid them whenever possible.

For larger projects that require blueprints, we have a two-phase process that helps to minimize your investment. Phase one includes drawings and accurate estimating. During phase two, much more is required by the city you live in for construction. That’s where the documents come in. We don’t believe you should have to pay for documents you may not submit while you’re still exploring your design.

Before you commit to any project with a design/build firm, there are important questions to ask that will determine the cost of your design:

• Can the city use the design for approval?
• Can you get accurate material costs from it?
• Will it fit your space without further cost for customization?
• Who does the design belong to after it’s created?
• Does it meet all of your design goals?

A great number of man-hours go into a design with MHR. All remodeling work is completely custom and we never put your name on another client’s project design. To find out how we can create a customized plan that will meet your needs, give us a call and we’ll go over the process with you in greater detail.

You can learn more about the difference a design-build firm like Moore Home Remodeling can offer by calling Brent Moore at 440-941-4MHR (4647). The web address is www.MooreRemodeling.com.

Why Are My Kitchen Remodeling Estimates Different?

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by mimivanderhaven.com on 10/16/2012 – 04:23 pm

Why Are My Estimates Different?

By Brent Moore

Q: My three kitchen remodel estimates are all so different. Am I talking to the right type of contractors?—Sharon P., Strongsville

A: There are many possible reasons the estimates are so different. One could be that the contractors did not bid the same exact work. Each may have brought up a new issue or idea that had not been previously discussed. Also, each one may have given his best “guess” as to what your kitchen would cost if the finish items had not yet been selected. Additionally, you may have estimates from different types of contractors.

Many people will hire a carpenter to install their hardwood floors, or a plumber to install a new faucet. But if you’re remodeling an entire room, or are adding space to your home, you’ll need to hire a general contractor, especially if you don’t have the time or inclination to orchestrate all the moving parts of such a large project.

Inexperience can lead to confusion, delays, costly mistakes, and, in the end, an unprofessional finished product. This will add cost and unnecessary frustration to a remodeling project for the homeowner. It takes time and experience to make it all come together like a well-oiled machine. Even then the unknowns have to be managed.

Moore Home Remodeling is a design and build contractor. We start with a design that you help to create based on your goals for function and the overall look and feel you want. We educate you about the process and materials, then we pull together all the trades and material suppliers we have professional relationships and preferred partnerships with to build an accurate cost estimate for the project. We make sure permits get pulled and inspections take place, and the job flows in a time and cost-effective way. All of this helps to eliminate the confusion of three estimates when you don’t have a plan in place.

Give us a call when you’re ready to get started. We’ll help guide you through the process so that you understand exactly what’s happening, every step of the way.

You can learn more about the difference a design-build firm like Moore Home Remodeling can offer by calling Brent Moore at 440-941-4MHR (4647). The web address is www.MooreRemodeling.com.

Do I Need Three Estimates For My Kitchen Remodeling Project?

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by mimivanderhaven.com on 09/20/2012 – 01:20 pm

Do I need three estimates?

By Brent Moore

Q: How many estimates should I get before moving forward with a home remodeling project?—Alex M., Richfield

A: It’s my opinion that the industry standard dictating that a homeowner get three estimates is flawed. What exactly is the contractor estimating?

Not only is there a vast range of finish materials available, but different finish materials also have different installation costs.

You may have decided that you want “middle of the road” materials. That’s perfect. But how much does a middle of the road faucet cost? Three contractors plus one homeowner equals for different prices. That’s why the standard is flawed.

At Moore Home Remodeling, we feel that until you have a design and a list of the exact materials you want to use, it is impossible to get an accurate estimate.

A contractor needs to know a great deal about the details of your project in order to price a job correctly. We believe a better approach starts with a phone call to our office. It’s an opportunity for us to gain valuable information about your project and guide you at the same time.

We can then set up a free consultation for us to see the area you want to remodel. We can discuss a price range after this consultation. But only after the next step—the design phase—can we accurately give you a quote or estimate.

The design phase puts your ideas onto paper and gives us the ability to price materials to be used. We prefer to design to an amount the owner wants to invest. It’s the best way for us to provide the biggest bang for the buck.

A low price, whether estimated or actual, does not determine whether or not you can have trust and peace of mind. Ask for references and unbiased reviews of previous work. How long has the company been in business? What is the planning process? Transparency in all these areas develops mutual trust and, in the end, happy homeowners.

You can learn more about the difference a design-build firm like Moore Home Remodeling can offer by calling Brent Moore at 440-941-4MHR (4647). The web address is www.MooreRemodeling.com.