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Don't put your kitchen remodel at risk! Signature Kitchens, Additions & Baths, a leading kitchen remodeling contractor, follows an eight step process to ensure your kitchen remodel is your family's favorite room in the house

No matter how good the kitchen design, in the end it's the quality and craftsmanship brought to bear by your kitchen remodeling contractor that counts. After the kitchen design is agreed too, and all selections of kitchen cabinets, appliances, countertops, cabinetry lighting, and flooring are made. It's then time to start the kitchen renovation; it's time for permits and demolition, framing, plumbing, electricians, drywall & finishing, cabinet installation, tile setters, and flooring.

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"Our kitchen is just gorgeous! We are so pleased and amazed that the kitchen remodeling was done so smoothly. The organization was superb - the men were so courteous, efficient & accommodating. I have remodeled two homes in the past 25 years and this is the 1st time I can say it was a real pleasure to have workers in our home. "Signature Kitchens, Additions & Baths" total teamwork gives the customer a real sense of confidence and total satisfaction. We couldn't be happier with our new kitchen remodel."

AT SIGNATURE KITCHENS, ADDITIONS & BATHS, OUR KITCHEN REMODELING FOLLOWS A PROCESS

STEP #1: BUILDING PLANS & PERMITS FOR THE KITCHEN RENOVATION

Every jurisdiction has different permit requirements for kitchen remodeling, be it Washington DC, Montgomery County, Fairfax County, Ann Arundel County or in some cases the local city such as Rockville, Arlington, Takoma Park, Alexandria or Chevy Chase. The first thing necessary is to derive from the kitchen design, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing plans. If necessary we will have the plans reviewed & stamped by one or more engineers. The kitchen renovation must essentially be memorialized in the construction documents, submitted for construction permit approval and then processed to approval.

STEP #2: KITCHEN REMODELING SAFETY AND CLEANLINESS

Kitchen remodeling may not seem hazardous but it is certainly not safe for children, and adults can get hurt too. We are exposing wires, removing floor covering and sub floors, exposing stud walls that have protrusion from wires to nails, all of which are potentially dangerous. In addition the work is messy and dusty. We install dust barriers at all the doors accessing the kitchen and install floor protection as well. Even with these precautions dust is an insidious intruder and it takes our joint effort to control it as much as possible.

STEP #3: DEMOLITION & FRAMING YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL

Generally, in the first few days of the kitchen remodel, we are going to disconnect all the water, gas and electrical lines going to existing sinks, ranges, receptacles and lights. Out go all the old dysfunctional kitchen cabinets, appliances, countertops, lights, and floor coverings. Many clients will have Habitat for Humanity pick these items up.

One of the most critical parts of the Kitchen Remodel is to square the room, especially where cabinets meet along the walls, and where cabinetry and appliances abut the floor and the ceiling. It may surprise you that out of square, out of plane conditions are common whether it is an historic Capitol Hill Row house in Washington DC or a brand new house in Bethesda MD or McLean VA. Often as part of the kitchen remodel we are also going to be removing and reframing to make space larger or more efficient. Of course if the kitchen renovation is part of a larger house addition or whole house remodel then this step and all others is exponentially more complex.

STEP #4: MEP, MECHANICAL ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING

Everything in our typical kitchen remodeling project from kitchen design, to permit drawings, to demolition and framing has occurred "in house" through Signature Kitchens Additions & Bath designers and craftsman. Now the kitchen remodel continues with our trade contractors the electrician, plumber and HVAC mechanic. These are contractors, we have been working with for many years on lots of whole house, bath & kitchen remodels. They will "rough in" meaning, they will bring the waste, supply and gas lines as well as the proper electrical branch circuitry to the top of the countertops, and to each appliance as well as the ambient, task, and cabinet lighting. Your kitchen designer will usually be ensuring that the exact rough in location is identified and cut sheets provided for each specialty appliance and all cabinetry lighting, so proper documentation is critical at this juncture.

STEP #5: THE BUILDING INSPECTOR(S)

If the work is done properly to the Building Code then the inspectors will issue close in stickers and our kitchen remodeling project will proceed. If the job kitchen remodel is on a tight schedule it is often worth while to hire an out side inspection service. Third party inspection services are currently available in Washington DC, Montgomery County and Fairfax County.

STEP #6: THE KITCHEN REMODEL CLOSE IN

Signature Kitchens, Additions & Baths will now insulate and drywall in all the open walls and lay the flooring. Once compete we set & adjust the base kitchen cabinets. The we'll have Norwood Marble & Granite one of our favorite countertop fabricators come in to measure the top with a laser. It takes a week or more to fabricate just about any countertop. While we wait will proceed with the kitchen cabinetry by hanging & adjusting the wall cabinets, & installing the appliances. Then trim carpentry which includes everything from cabinetry crown and light rail, to window and door casement. All of which have to be meticulously installed. The final touch is painting.

STEP #7: SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF YOUR KITCHEN REMODELING PROJECT

Once the counter top has been installed, our in house tile setter sets the kitchen backsplash tile, the plumber returns to install the faucet and connect the appliances, and the electrician returns to install light fixtures and device plates. Final touch up substantially completes the kitchen remodeling project.

STEP #8: OUR LAST STEP IN OUR KITCHEN REMODEL HAS ARRIVED

It's time to learn a bit about how to clean and care for your kitchen cabinetry, Granite or Quartz Countertops and tile as well as how to use all the new appliances. We'll do this and our final inspection, as well as discuss any other projects or work you might want done in the future.

Signature Kitchens, Additions & Baths

Each of our kitchen designers has training through SEN, NKBA or ASID, not just in style but also structure arrangement & function. We are a design build remodeling company, not a retail story like our neighbors Ferguson's & Architectural Ceramics. We are licensed in MD, DC & VA. Which means that no matter where you live in the DC Metro area, Bethesda, Potomac, Woodley Park, Adams Morgan, Fairfax, Alexandria, Montgomery or Howard County we can help you. We will not only design a great kitchen for you but we'll develop permit able drawings, move the wall, floor and ceiling as necessary then install your new kitchen, along with the kitchen lighting, plumbing, as well as tile and flooring. So call us at 301.251.1880. We know you will be glad you did. You can also email the owner Gary Case at: Gcase@signatureKAB.net.

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