Questions & Answers
... • January 16, 2022
Kitchens…Simple to Complex
WHY SELECT ELITE KITCHENS ?
We deliver exceptional value and know from concept to completion you want creative designs, personal service and a company you can trust! Think of the difference between home cooking or fast food and you’ll understand why so many people prefer Elite Kitchens to big box stores and other kitchen showrooms.
TAKING THE FIRST STEP ?
There are two options for your first appointment.
a) Our first option, which many of our clients prefer, can be in your home. The $125 is applied to your purchase. We take measurements, discuss ideas, personal preferences, and make a second appointment for you to visit our showroom.
b) If you prefer, you may visit our showroom Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm (appointments are required), with other times available to fit your schedule. Bring your ideas and measurements with you.
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WILL YOU DESIGN MY KITCHEN ?
Yes! We work with each client to understand who you are, how you work and what you’re looking for. Then we create a kitchen that’s just for you! We always suggest what is best for you once we know the details of your project.
CAN YOU HELP WITH A SMALL KITCHEN ?
Yes. From simple to complex you’ll be amazed at the quality and style you can afford with Elite Kitchens!
DO YOU INSTALL CABINETS ?
We can work closely with a contractor you’ve selected; we can recommend one, or arrange installation if you prefer. We will suggest whatever is best for you once we know the details of your project.
WHEN WILL MY CABINETS ARRIVE ?
In 6-8 weeks, depending on complexity of your design and finish. The exact week is determined once your selection is complete. Cabinets are received and thoroughly inspected in our facility, then carefully blanket-wrapped and delivered by our truck to your home.
WHY ARE SOME WOODS MORE THAN OTHERS?
A wood’s durability, hardness and beauty is not the determining factor in price. With proper care, all of our woods and finishes will last a lifetime. Conditions affecting the price are – availability, location, transportation, milling, forest management, etc.
DO I NEED A KITCHEN TRIANGLE?
A kitchen triangle links three areas of greatest activity, your sink, stove and refrigerator. This idea was developed in the 40’s and today’s kitchen can be so much more than the “triangle”. A wide range of variables should be considered and then a design created to provide the best solution for your needs.
WHERE ARE THE CABINETS MADE ?
All of our cabinets are made in the United States assuring consistent quality. Elite Kitchens provides cabinets for every style and budget.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
It varies from project to project depending on you, the complexity of the work and the reliability of the companies you work with. This is a general timetable which will vary and should only be considered a generality…
- 1 to 2 days to remove old cabinets, fixtures, walls, floors, appliances etc.
- 2 to 3 days for framing and misc.
- 2 to 5 days for rough in of electric, plumbing and heat (mechanicals).
- 3 to 4 days to add new plasterboard and tape it.
- 1 to 2 days to install a new kitchen floor.
- 2 to 6 days to install new cabinets.
- 1 to 2 days for new fixtures and appliances.
- 1 day for the plumber to install sink, dishwasher, etc.
- 2 to 3 days for lighting, wall coverings, painting, etc.
- A kitchen can take a few days to several weeks depending on the scope of work involved
Moving from planning stage to actual work may involve some inconvenience but when you selected the right team your results will be worth the effort. Decide on a plan, and stick with it, changing your mind after the work has begun can be expensive and usually results in unexpected and frustrating glitches.
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WHAT KIND OF COUNTERTOPS ARE AVAILABLE?
Quartz counters are manufactured with approximately 93% crushed quartz and 7% polymer resins.
Quartz is one of nature’s hardest materials and when combined with resins creates a countertop that is
resistant to scratching, scorching and staining.
Granite is mined from mountain quarries located throughout the world. It is cut into large blocks, transported and eventually cut into slabs for countertops and other applications. Natural stone will have a variety of colors, veining, and movement and each piece will be unique in its appearance. It is resistant to scratching, scorching, and staining.
Marble is a natural stone with color variations and veining which can be striking. It’s softer and porous lending to scratches, stains and acidic foods like orange juice cause surface etching. There are more don’ts than do when it comes to maintenance.
Soapstone is composed largely of mineral talc which creates the soft and smooth finish. Over time the stone darkens and pronounced veining may appear. Density of the stone makes it impervious to heat, chemicals, bacteria and stains
Butcher-block counters are made of natural wood and each one will have a unique look. They add warmth to your kitchen. Treating with mineral oil will protect and enhance the wood for a lifetime of enjoyment.
Solid surface (Often referred to as Corian) are blends of acrylic or polyester resins making them nonporous and resistant to bacteria and stains. Heat as well as scratches (from cutting) may damage the material. Some common brands are Dupont Corian, Wilsonart solid surface, Formica Solid Surface as well as many others.
Laminate counters (Often referred to as Formica) are fabricated from high-pressure laminate (HPL). Layers of material are bonded together with high pressure and heat. Manufacturers of laminate include Formica, Wilsonart, Pionite, Nevamar as well as several other companies. Laminates are available in a staggering array of colors, patterns and finishes.
Concrete is composed of water, binder and filler. Cement is the binder and the filler is an aggregate which may be anything from sand, gravel, stone, crushed glass or beads. Concrete often develops hairline cracks when curing and settling. This material is porous and caution should be taken to avoid cracking, bacteria and staining.