Q and A
General Questions

General Questions:

How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen or bathroom?
What kind of return can I expect from remodeling my kitchen if I sell my home?
What makes a kitchen more or less expensive?
Who's the best person for the job?
What is the kitchen work triangle and why is it important?
Wheres the best place to put a microwave?

Q: How much will it cost to remodel my kitchen or bathroom?

A: The price for a new kitchen or bathroom will be affected by (1) where you buy it (2) what features it includes and (3) the brands/models you select.

For kitchens, pricing can range from $5,000 or so (if you do some work yourself) to as much as $150,000 and higher. On average, a kitchen will cost from $15,000 - $26,000, including design, products and installation.

Bathroom prices generally average between $6,500 and $11,600 when youre replacing everything. Again, the cost can be lower or considerably higher depending on what youre looking for.


Q: What kind of return can I expect from remodeling my kitchen if I sell my home?

A: Most home improvement projects do not return 100% of their value. However, based on results compiled by Remodeling Magazine, kitchen remodeling can give you between 90% and 94% return on your investment. Compare that with the following remodeling projects: Deck Addition - 72%, Family Room Addition - 83%, Replace Windows - 74%. (Figures shown are based on data compiled for the Mid Atlantic Region.)


Q: What makes a kitchen more or less expensive?

A: Cabinets account for about half the total cost of the project and will have the greatest impact on your budget. They range in price considerably based on quality, the type of material they are made of, and whether they are stock (ready made in specific sizes) or custom (produced specifically for your kitchen in whatever sizes are needed).

The material you choose for surfaces including counters, backsplashes and floors can also account for variations in price.

Other key elements that factor in to the equation are talent and workmanship. In the remodeling business, you tend to get what you pay for. An accomplished designer, skilled sub-tradesmen and expert installation crew may cost more. But youll appreciate their ability every time you use your kitchen.


Q: Who's the best person for the job?

A: There are a lot of professionals out there - interior designers, architects, remodeling contractors, but your best bet is to pick a designer or firm that specializes in the kitchen and bath area. There are thousands of companies that offer kitchen/bath design and installation services - many of them belong to the National Kitchen & Bath Association. A co-worker or relative who has had a good experience is probably the best start.


Q: What is the kitchen work triangle and why is it important?

A: The work triangle is the kitchen area from the refrigerator to the main cooking area to the main sink. Connect the three and it should form a triangle (unless you have a one-wall kitchen). Its important because at or immediately adjacent to the triangles points all the key kitchen activities -- food preparation, cooking and clean up -- take place. The work triangle helps to ensure that your kitchen will be functional. It keeps cooking activities centered in one area, with all the necessities close at hand. See NKBAs Kitchen Planning Guidelines for more information.


Q: Where's the best place to put a microwave?

A: Like most things about your new kitchen, it will depend on how you and your family use the appliance. From a safety and accessibility standpoint, the microwave should be positioned so that the bottom of the appliance is 24 to 48 above the floor. Consult with your designer for the best place to locate it. For more information, please see NKBAs Kitchen Planning Guidelines



Q: How long will the job take from start to finish?

A: Depending on the complexity of the design, the size of the room, the type of countertop and any remodeling work being done, you can plan on 1 - 4 weeks for installation.


Q: How long does it take to get cabinets?

A: Most cabinets have a lead time of 3-6 weeks, however certain finishes and specialty cabinets can take up to 10 weeks.


Q: What is the difference between full overlay and traditional overlay doors?

A: Full overlay doors cover the face frame of a cabinet almost completely while traditional overlay doors reveal approximately 1 of the face frame.


Q: What is the difference between framed and frameless cabinets?

A: Framed cabinet construction has three components. The cabinet doors are attached to the face frame of the cabinet, which is then attached to the cabinet box. In a frameless cabinet, there is no face frame. The cabinet doors are attached directly to the cabinet box itself. Eliminating the face frame on the frameless cabinet allows for greater access and storage capability than its framed counterpart.



Q: What kind of countertops do you offer?

A: We offer many types of countertops to fit any budget: laminate, laminate with special edges, wood, solid surfacing, and natural stone (granite, marble).


Q: What is solid surfacing?

A: Solid Surfacing is a durable, man made material developed for use as a countertop. It has a similar appearance to granite but has many additional features: its repairable, has inconspicuous seams, non-staining, color consistency, easy maintenance and sheets and bowls can be seamed together for a one piece appearance.


Q: What about Granite Countertops?

A: Granite is a very hard natural stone that comes in a variety of colors/patterns. Because it is natural, each slab of granite is unique and will vary in color and character from piece to piece. Granite provides a beautiful surface that under normal use will not scratch, burn or chip. Over the years, natural granite has been viewed as a high-priced choice for kitchen countertops. But because of modern manufacturing techniques and greater accessibility of the product, the price of natural granite countertops is more affordable than ever.


Q: How should I start the design process at Mid South?

A: The most efficient way to work with a designer at Mid South is to have your contractor fax the existing dimensions of your kitchen, your name, telephone number, and the best time to reach you to the Kitchen Showroom nearest you. A designer will then take that information and call you directly for an appointment. This allows time for the designer to come up with a working plan and a reference point for discussion before you arrive at the showroom.


Q: At what point do I need to select appliances?

A: It is very important that you select your appliances before designing or very early in the design process. This insures that our designers have the exact measurements necessary to see to it that everything fits as it should in your kitchen.