Host, Sarah Rutan: If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, you’ll first need to know where to start and what your options are. Today, we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Ken Ryan of Kitchens by Ken Ryan to learn more.
Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Ken Ryan: Many folks, when they’re remodeling a kitchen, have no idea as to – where to start. The best place to start is to call up a couple of kitchen dealers in your neighborhood. See what their process is, invite them out to your home so that way you can get a feel for who they are, their design style. And none of that should be at any cost to the homeowner. It should not cost you any money to find out what a kitchen remodel will cost.
When it comes to cabinetry, there’s two types of cabinets: customer cabinetry that’s made local or modular cabinetry that’s made in large manufacturing facilities. The local cabinet manufacturer purchases doors from another facility, purchases drawer boxes from another facility, cuts and assembles cabinetry, and then sends it out for finishing to another facility.
On the other hand, the modular companies do everything complete in one location. They dry their own lumber, they make their own cabinet doors, they make their own drawer boxes, they build everything complete, finish it complete, and send it out complete; therefore, they are actually more custom than the local manufacturer.
When it comes to countertop material, there’s two types of countertop material that you would use: granite or marble or [quartz] products. The [quartz] products are actually 97 percent ground up granite mixed with an epoxy. That epoxy eliminates the ability for it to stain so you never have to seal it. And it’s far more durable than natural stone, which has cracks and fissures in it. The granite has the beautiful work of Mother Nature, but you do have to seal it and take a little bit more care of it.
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