FAQ

I want to remodel my kitchen and/or bathroom. Now what?
How much will my kitchen or bath remodel cost?
What kind of payment do you accept?
How long will it take to remodel my space?
What if I'm overwhelmed by all the choices?
What about my appliances?
How do I choose the right cabinets for my new kitchen?
What about countertops, when is the best time to make my selection?
What flooring would be best for my space?
What material is best for countertops in my home?
How do I select the best materials and fixtures for my bathroom?
What should I expect during the remodeling of my kitchen or bathroom?
What should I expect during the installation?
What do I need to know about permits?
Once I've made my selections, how long does it take for them to arrive?
I have questions that I would like answered, how can I contact you?

 

I want to remodel my kitchen and/or bathroom. Now what?
The first step is to make your wish list. Put together any pictures or articles you might have showing styles, colors and designs you like. Take basic measurements of the area you will be working in and the placement of the current appliances, sinks, etc. See our measuring how-to guide for helpful hints.

Then stop in to CA Professional Cabinet to browse our showroom and consult with our kitchen and bathroom design specialists.

 

How much will my kitchen or bath remodel cost?
The investment required to remodel any living space in your home varies based on a couple of major factors: the size of the room; the type, finish and hardware components of the cabinetry you select; and whether or not your project will include flooring, countertops, lighting, plumbing, appliances and installation services. The five-step design process followed by our professional design team will walk you through each of these decisions and allow you to narrow in on an expected investment.

 

What kind of payment do you accept? 
We accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash.

 

How long will it take to remodel my space?
Typical stock cabinetry will take about frour days from order to delivery. Semi-custom cabinets will take four to six weeks. Custom cabinetry will take between eight and 12 weeks to deliver. If KSI performs the installation, you should plan on an additional one to three weeks after delivery to complete the project. The type of countertop selected will also impact the project completion time. Laminate tops take about a week and certain granite tops can take up to four weeks from order to delivery.

 

What if I'm overwhelmed by all the choices?
Anyone can be overwhelmed by the many choices available. Go back to the basics – the original wish list – and add new ideas that you like and eliminate ideas that you have decided against. Your Kitchen & Bath Unlimited design specialist will be happy to guide you every step of the way.

 

What about my appliances?
Keep or replace? That is a decision that you will have to make. It is important to let your designer know the actual size of the appliances that you currently have or will be purchasing as these dimensions will impact the placement of cabinetry. If you’re considering replacing your appliances, let your designer know, CA Professional Cabinet offers a full line of appliances for your shopping convenience.

 

How do I choose the right cabinets for my new kitchen?
There are several key differences between the types of cabinets. Identifying your needs and what style you’re looking for is important in determining which type of cabinet is right for you.
Does one type of cabinet offer the door style you’re looking for? Does a cabinet type offer the finish or wood species that you like? What additional features are you looking to add to your kitchen? These are just a few of the questions to answer before making your decision. Talk to one of the Kitchen and Bath design specialists, and use this cabinet guide to help you narrow your selection:

Stock Cabinets
CA Professional Cabinet’s stock cabinet line features dozens of doors styles, the most popular wood species, dozens of finishes and optional plywood sides and dove tailed drawers – and they can delivered much faster than custom or semi-custom cabinets. Stock isn’t what it used to be.
Semi-Custom
Semi-custom cabinets are popular today. Semi custom kitchen cabinets are designed in a manner that allows for the modification in depth and width which enhances the opportunity for great customization. They also offer more door styles, cabinet options, cabinet types, and finishes than a stock cabinet line. The semi-custom kitchen cabinet line offers many more door styles, wood species, and wood finishes which can be mixed and matched in thousands of door style and finish combinations.
Semi-custom cabinets are high quality from top to bottom, with a moderate price range – an affordable cabinet and a great value.
Custom
Custom cabinets can be made to meet any need or desire you have. The custom kitchen cabinet lines carried by CA Professional Cabinet offer a large variety of sizes, configurations and designs. Custom cabinets can also be constructed to almost any size or requirement you have.

The custom cabinet line at CA Professional Cabinet offers the the most door styles, wood species and finishes, including custom matched stain.  

Custom cabinets are of the highest quality and offer virtually unlimited options, so you can create a one-of-a-kind dream kitchen with features galore.

 

What about countertops, when is the best time to make my selection?
We have a wide selection of countertop styles and materials to choose from. It is a good idea to make your countertop selection when you make your cabinetry selection. That way we can coordinate the installation of the countertop with the arrival of the cabinetry.

 

What material is best for countertops in my home?
Your preference, lifestyle and budget are all important factors when considering which countertop is best for your home. Our knowledgable design staff will work with you to determine the best fit for your needs. There are many different styles of countertops and materials from which they are made. For example, we carry countertop lines in ceramic tile, granite, engineered stone, laminate, marble as well as stainless steel.

Consumer Reports recently published an excellent overview of the features and benefits of different countertop materials. Excerpts of this report appear below.
Consumer Reports / Countertops
Scratching surface on countertops
Bathroom countertops are a place where beauty and practicality can coexist. But in concrete? Or limestone? What about stainless steel?

As it turns out, these are just a few of the materials available to remodelers and home builders striving for a stylish and functional countertop. Others include granite, marble, ceramic tile and engineered stone. We recently tested nine countertop materials for how well they resisted stains, scratches, heat and impacts. We also evaluated them for appearance and price – all to help you match the look you want with the strengths you need.

Here’s some of what we found:
Engineered stone. Our top-scoring material overall, this provided excellent resistance to stains, scratches and heat, but proved only “good” at withstanding impacts from a 5-pound weight. (The material’s edges can also chip). Engineered stone comes in a variety of colors, and because it’s waterproof, it needn’t be sealed. Still, some people may not like it’s uniform appearance.

Granite. Another excellent overall performer, granite is noted for its toughness, but must be sealed periodically to protect it from stains. Because it is real stone, coloring, veining and graining can vary significantly between and within pieces. Granite is sold by local fabricators and under such brands as Walker Zanger.

Ceramic tile. This is a good bet for consumers who want lots of choices at a low price. Ceramic comes in many colors and it’s heat resistant. On the downside, it chips easily, and the grout may stain and absorb water, although tinted grout helps.

Laminate. Want to spend even less on countertops? Laminate is economical and versatile, while mimicking high-end materials. Unfortunately, it’s easily scratched and isn’t repairable. What’s more, most products show seams.

Stainless Steel. True to its name, stainless steel resists most spills. But drain cleaners and hard-water-deposit removers can discolor it, while fingerprints, scratches and dents are easy to see. And the high-tech look doesn’t come cheap.

Solid surfacing. The cost of this versatile, waterproof, seamless material can equal that of more-durable granite. Still, products come in many colors and provide easy repairs for small nicks.

Marble. As with granite, marble must be sealed periodically to protect it from most stains. (Even sealed product, however, is susceptible to staining from hard-water-deposit removers.) Unlike granite, marble is easily chipped and scratched. 

As for concrete and limestone, neither scored very well overall in our tests. Even a high-quality sealer couldn’t keep limestone from getting stained by nail-polish remover and other common spills. And while concrete can be shaped and colored to suit your space, it chips and scratches easily and requires a topical surface sealer for maximum stain resistance.

By the editors of Consumer Reports at www.consumerreports.org.

 

What flooring would be best for my space?
The floor you choose for your space affects every element of your design.  Today, the variety of materials, colors and textures available make your choices endless. It is important to consider your investment amount for the space.  Flooring varies like many other home products, so knowing how much you can afford to spend will narrow your options.  Also ,consider how you use the space as well as how traffic will flow through it.  This will help you and your designer determine the degree of durability and color options since light colored floors show less wear than darker ones.

Here are some of the options for flooring:
Wood is a popular choice today. It creates a warm, classic appearance for many spaces in the home and works with almost any kind of decor.  Prefinished wood floors withstand heavy traffic, stains, and remain durable if maintained properly.  Most spills and debris — if cleaned up quickly — will not damage wood floors. Wood floors can last for decades with some maintenance, and, can be refinished to give them a whole new look.

Tile is a durable option for high-traffic areas like foyers, kitchens, and baths. From classic porcelain to travertine, there are plenty of options. Ceramic tile is durable and available in many colors, textures, and styles with the option of designing borders and inserting designs. Tile is easy to clean however debris may become trapped in the grout lines. A good steam cleaning refreshes grout and a sealer can help minimize this from happening.  Tile flooring is one of the more stain-resistant options and can last for decades with some minimal maintenance._

Vinyl and Linoleum: 
Affordable and easy to install, vinyl and linoleum are common selections for homeowners. Moisture-resistant and easy to maintain, these materials are durable and withstand frequent traffic. Vinyl and linoleum offer a bit of “give” which may help protect dropped dishes and other items from breaking. Both materials are relatively soft and feel good underfoot.

Luxury Vinyl Tile
: If you’re looking for an upscale look that offers both durability and performance, an emerging category in flooring options is luxury vinyl tile. These tiles are often offered in an array of colors and designs that are often absent when shopping ceramic tiles. They also feel warmer underfoot and provide a bit more give than traditional ceramic floor tiles.  Ideal for high traffic areas, this comfortable surface is waterproof and easy to maintain or repair.

 

How do I select the best materials and fixtures for my bathroom?
The design professionals at CA Professional Cabinet will help you with this process by going showroom or catalog shopping with you. Your responses to our questions will help narrow the choices and our vast experience with products will help make the optimum selections in price and quality.

 

What should I expect during the remodeling of my kitchen or bathroom?
Every remodel is different, but there are some things that you can plan for.
The basic installation process includes these steps:
Step 1: Your old kitchen or bathroom will be torn out.
Step 2: New electrical, if required, is installed.
Step 3: New plumbing, if required, is installed.
Step 4: The walls are repaired and prepped for paint.
Step 5: The cabinets or bathroom fixtures are installed.
Step 6: The trim for the cabinets or bathroom fixtures is installed.
Step 7: For kitchen remodels, the countertop is fabricated or cut to size and installed.
Step 8: The final plumbing is connected and your kitchen or bathroom is functioning once again.
Step 9: The new floor is installed, where applicable.

 

What should I expect during the installation?
Expect your room to be out of commission for at least one to five weeks.
If the remodel you have planned happens to be your kitchen, you may want to consider setting up a make-shift kitchen in another room with microwave, small sink, place settings, etc. You may arrange ahead of time with your contractor to have the refrigerator set up in an alternate location. It is a good idea to plan on eating out, grilling or microwaving your meals. If accessible, you may want to wash your dishes in the laundry or bathroom.

If the remodel you have planned happens to be a bathroom — especially if it is your only bathroom — pre-arrange with your contractor to have the toilet reset at the end of each workday. Each morning, they’ll disconnect the toilet and remove it to create additional workspace for tiling and flooring. A reset will make the toilet functional again each night.
No matter which room you remodel – expect dust and dirt in your home! Even if the contractor carefully hangs plastic or tarps around the area to be remodeled, a layer of dust will still settle throughout your home.
Expect the unexpected. Anytime additions or changes to the remodeling project occur, costs will fluctuate. Change orders may be used to resolve allowances, which are placeholders in the budget for particular items. More often than not, change orders occur because you change your mind or add to the scope of the project.

 

What do I need to know about permits?
This is an area most people would prefer to ignore, but, it is important to address. Various permits are often required for a full kitchen or bath renovation. Permits are intended to protect you from poor workmanship and potential damage. Only licensed trades can pull permits.
Here are some basic guidelines for knowing when to pull a permit:
If a mechanical (electrical, heating or plumbing) is being moved then a permit may be required.
If a wall is being moved then a permit may be required.
The permit cost for each of these areas varies by city and scope of work, but, a typical full remodel project will generally have permit costs between $300 and $1000.
As a result of permits being pulled, there may be additional time required by the installer for the project. It is a good idea to plan on an additional $500 to cover that. You can also assume your project will take an additional week to complete, allotting a couple of no-work days while waiting for inspectors.

 

Once I've made my selections, how long does it take for them to arrive?
Estimated time for arrival is approximately four to six weeks. This will vary among manufacturers. When you are making your selections, your designer will let you know what type of time frame you can expect.

 

I have questions that I would like answered, how can I contact you?
We’d love to hear from you. Our professional kitchen and bath designers are here to help. Please contact us by sending us a message or call us at (714) 901-1500.

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