There are three main reasons why using a custom builder and designer is the best choice if you are in the market for a new kitchen, built in cabinetry or furniture:
- Let’s say you are faced with the challenge of designing your dream kitchen from scratch. Even if you have a great sense of design, are good at visualization, and you are a savvy shopper, it is a tremendously overwhelming task. To work with someone who has been familiar with all aspects of this process on a daily basis and to be able to bounce back ideas, makes the task much easier and efficient.
- Custom woodwork is a unique expression not only of your needs but of your personality. Anybody who had the experience to live with something designed specifically for them will most likely agree with this.
- If you believe in shopping locally it doesn’t get more poignant than this. Not only are you employing skilled labor from your community, but materials are sourced mostly from within the vicinity.
And there are three main reasons why we are the best choice for custom cabinetry in Santa Fe:
- We make it our personal interest to come up with the best possible design and execute it impeccably.
- We think outside the box when it comes to design aesthetics. For example we don’t think of kitchens as armies of uniform cabinet faces interrupted by appliances here and there. For us the kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where everyone is most likely to converge, work and ‘hang out’. So it should not only be the most functional but also one of the most inviting and personal spaces in the house. None of our kitchens even look similar.
- Custom work is never cheap, because there is a lot of time involved in planning and manufacturing a project from beginning to completion. There are a number of fabulous large custom manufacturers in this town. But a large facilities means high overhead. Our streamlined business model and flexibility translates into a much lower shop rate and prices that are often comparable to semi custom cabinetry that you would buy in a big box store.
Process and Pricing
We start with an initial meeting. With the client we look at pictures in our portfolio, and at books and websites in order to determine your needs. Then we submit a concept accompanied by hand-drawn sketches. At this point we can usually give you a rough pricing estimate based on the linear footage of cabinetry. If those are acceptable we take a 50% deposit for the CAD drawings. The cost for our drawings is usually around five hundred dollars for an average-sized kitchen, but this figure can sometimes double, and it can take up to a full work week to come up with the perfect design. It all depends on how far the customer has come with their ideas. When we submit the full set of drawings and receive the remaining 50%, you own the design and drawings. You have the option here to go with another custom builder or contract us to execute the design. If you stay with us, the cost of the drawings gets incorporated into the cost of the whole project because we use the same drawings as our shop manufacturing documents.
Once we get contracted for a project we usually ask for 50% down payment of the bid amount. Another 25% is due the day we show up to install and then the final payment plus tax is due upon completion of the project.