FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

+ How do I measure my kitchen?

Download our Measuring Guide (PDF) for detailed instructions. Or call our designers at 651-683-2625 with any questions or to have a designer look at your measurements and provide advice. You can also schedule a free in-home measure and design consultation within a 50 mi Radius of St Paul, MN.

+ How do I send my measurements to my designer?

You can send your measurements and any photos via email to your designer or to contact@creationscabinets.com. You can also fax to 651-683-2625, drop off, or send by mail to Creations Cabinetry 7730 Hudson Rd Ste 50. Woodbury, MN 55125. Feel free to call us at 651-682-2625 with any questions.

+ Will you come to my house to measure my kitchen?

Yes! If you live within a 50 mi Radius of St Paul, MN. You can schedule a free in-home measure and design consultation by contacting us or calling 651-683-2625.

+ How do I pay for my order?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. You can also send a personal check. 100% payment must be received before your order can be processed.

+ Do you have special pricing for contractors?

Yes. Contact us for more information about opportunities for PRO’s

+ Do you offer financing?

At this time we do not currently offer financing. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cash, and personal checks.

+ If I email you a design, can you give me a quote?

Yes! You can send your design or measurements to your designer or to contact@creationscabinets.com. A designer will contact you (usually within a day or two) to make sure the kitchen design and quote that you sent us meets your needs. You will then receive a design and estimate.

+ Do you install cabinets?

Creations Cabinetry offers expert installation as a crucial part of our convenient cabinet, countertop, and installation packages within a 50 mile radius of St. Paul MN.

+ How long does a kitchen renovation take?

Though of course it depends on the size and type of kitchen remodel, an average kitchen takes between 4 to 12 weeks to remodel, not including the planning and design phase. DIY projects can take longer, because the homeowner is typically learning the process during the remodel. Expect delays. Plan for the worst and hope for the best!

+ In what order do you remodel a kitchen?

Phase 1 - Planning

Make a Style and Idea Wish List

First things first. Before you even call a contractor or draft up a plan, you need to know exactly what you want. Whether it’s cabinets that reach the ceiling, a big kitchen island, or a sink facing the outside window, having your wants and needs written down is the first step in a kitchen remodel. Houzz, Pinterest, and Google images are great ways to share your ideas with your designer!

Figure Out Your Budget

How much are you able to comfortably set aside or obtain a loan for to cover all the costs of your renovation? Find out what the average kitchen remodeling job costs in your area, and tack on another 10% on top of that for good measure. You just never know what you’ll come across when you’re ripping out flooring and drywall, which can add more work – and money – to the job.

Hire a Contractor

This stage will take some time. After all, you want to make sure you hire the best person for the job who is experienced, honest, and understands your vision. Get estimates from at least three different kitchen specialists, and ask them a few other questions, including whether they are insured and bonded, what their experience is like, and how they expect to get paid. Once you’ve nailed down one contractor, be sure to get a detailed estimate in writing that lists all the work to be done, how much the job is going to cost, a scheduled timeline of phases, and how change orders are dealt with. The more written details are incorporated into the estimate, the better.

Phase 2 - Construction

Permits/Dumpster Be sure you or your contractor has contacted the city to check which permits are required and that they are posted before demolition begins. City inspectors are known for stopping by when they see dumpsters in front of homes 😊

Demolition Starts

If everything in your kitchen needs to be removed in order to make room for your new kitchen, be prepared for some demolition. There will be a lot of elbow grease, dust, and noise! This is the point where appliances are removed, old cabinetry is demolished, and even flooring or drywall is ripped out.

Once this is done, the contractor will walk through the space and evaluate what should take place next. Detailed decisions about whether or not any corrections must be made prior to carrying on with the job will be made. However, if any issues are discovered – such as faulty wiring or termite damage – these things need to be addressed first before carrying on with the new kitchen project.

Determine Location of Light Fixtures, Electrical Outlets, and Appliances

You’re likely going to be replacing all the light fixtures in the kitchen. While you’re at it, you might have to go so far as to replace the lighting system altogether. In the meantime, you might consider adding all new appliances to give yourself a completely new kitchen from top to bottom.

As such, you may need to update your electrical wiring and panel to make sure it can support the new lighting and appliances. At this point, all the electrical outlets and appliance/light power feeds will need to be mapped out, marked, and placed.

Mechanical Rough-in

Installing all the mechanicals is typically the next step in the process, and shouldn’t take any more than a week to complete. This is the phase of the kitchen remodeling job in which all the HVAC, plumbing, and electricals are roughed in. If you’re including any cable and speaker wiring, this will also be installed during this phase.

Inspections

Insulation, Drywall, and non floating Floors (Tile-or at least the backer and hardwood) After the set-up and installations of the mechanical systems are done and passed inspection, insulation is added between the studs on the walls, drywall is laid overtop and primed, and the flooring is installed. This needs to be done before the new cabinets are put up.

Install Cabinets and Counters

This is the part when you’ll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The cabinets you’ve chosen are finally installed and fitted properly. During this phase, you’ll come to really appreciate all the time and effort that was taken to ensure that all the previous steps were done with great care and precision. The last thing you want is to notice that the floor is sloping or the outlets are in the wrong places. Don’t forget to have your cabinet hardware on site for the cabinet installer on the day of install. Once the cabinets are in, the countertops will need to be templated, which means carefully taking measurements that are then given to the countertop fabricator. You’ll probably have to wait about a week or two before the counter is ready to be fitted. That’s because a sufficient amount of time is necessary to measure the material precisely, have the shop drawings approved, and send it to the crew to prepare the slab preparation. The countertops will then be delivered and installed on your cabinets when they’re finally ready.

Final Plumbing and Electrical

Plumbing fixtures are installed, the pretty stuff such as sinks, faucets, and decorative lighting 😊

Final Finishing

Once your cabinets and counters are in, your new kitchen is ready to be final or touch up coated in the color of choice, and all trim, backsplashes, and accessories can be installed.

The Bottom Line

Even if you’re not doing this major kitchen remodeling job on your own, it’s very helpful to know what steps need to be taken, and in what order. Make sure you work with a reputable contractor, get your budget in order, and take your time with the job. The average kitchen remodeling job can take anywhere between four to eight weeks to complete – don’t rush the process.

+ How much does a kitchen remodel cost?

Also ask: What should you spend? The industry says spend 5% to 15% of the home’s value on this project. If your house is worth $300,000, you could spend $30,000 without negatively affecting its resale price.

In general, homeowners spend from $12,594 to $33,118 on kitchen remodeling, at an average of $21,751, according to HomeAdvisor. It may be possible to complete a small job for as little as $4,000, while lavish projects can run more than $50,000.

Budgeting a Kitchen Remodel by products

Homeowners should expect to spend the following: Flip it!: $10,000 to $15,000 Use it!: $15,000 to $30,000 Live it!: $30,000+

You should also set aside 15 to 20 percent of your budget for any unexpected problems during the remodel. These issues can include plumbing, electrical, structural, and pest or toxic material problems that could arise.

Flip it! Remodeling on a Tight Budget: $10,000 to $15,000

With $10,000 and $15,000, you'll need to do some work yourself and hire a professional for the specialty work. If possible, purchase some of the materials before calling in the professionals. While contractors can get some materials for wholesale prices, it’s customary for them to charge extra for the purchase and labor. Save time and money by getting materials in advance and then paying for installation. These projects typically involved: Upgrading your sink and faucet Installing or replacing your countertops with inexpensive materials Adding a tile backsplash Installing stock cabinets Upgrading your appliances Painting your walls and ceilings Keeping the layout (sink, appliances, walls, in the same location)

Use it! Remodeling on an average budget: $15,000 to $30,000

When you're working with $15,000 to $30,000, you can leave more work to the professionals instead of doing it yourself. This might include the above PLUS: Installing stock or semi-custom cabinetry installing new lighting and rewiring some electrical work. Replacing your flooring, if it's particularly worn, and look at More high-grade countertop material like stone (quartz, granite, Corian) You might be able to invest in custom cabinets, move some plumbing, or have an island installed in this price range, but you might have to compromise on other upgrades in the process.

Live it! Remodeling High End Kitchen Budget: $30,000+

When you spend $30,000 or more to remodel a kitchen, you'll have more leeway to pick and choose which improvements you want to make. You might want to do everything on this list: Replacing your countertops with high-quality materials (stone, wood, metal) Installing semi-custom or custom cabinets Building an island Installing high-end appliances Adding recessed lighting and rewiring as necessary Installing high-end appliances Adding quartz or granite countertops Installing a new sink and faucet Opting for additional overhead lighting Adding tile or hardwood flooring Adding other custom architectural/design details Cooktop or seating island Double oven Built-in appliances Commercial-style range Coffee or drink station Recycling station

+ How do I lower the cost of a kitchen remodel?

  • Pass on custom options: Cabinets take up almost 30 percent of the budget for these projects. Save with stock products rather than semi-custom or custom.
  • DIY where possible: See where you can do some of the installation and replacement yourself.
  • Remodel in stages: You can break up the projects and remodel in stages, so you only have to save for one thing at a time.
  • Only do necessary updates: You don't have to do everything. You can simply upgrade the materials and appliances that truly need updating.

Budgeting a Kitchen remodel by Size

It could cost as little as $5,000 to remodel a small kitchen and as much as $60,000+ to do a large renovation. The size of your space will play a significant role in how expensive your renovation gets. Below, see the typical spend for various sizes and the factors involved.

Small Kitchen Remodel (less than 10x10)

A 70 square foot (Condo size) or less kitchen renovation average cost is $5,000 to $20,000.

Medium Kitchen (average 10x10 – 12x12)

Renovating a 12x12 kitchen runs between $15,000 and $40,000. This is close to the standard size, which is between 150 and 175 square feet.

Large Kitchen (greater than 12x12)

A large kitchen is defined as 200 square feet or more and typically runs between $30,000 and $60,000. Upscale remodels can reach from $75,000 to $100,000 and beyond.

  • Cooktop or seating island
  • Double oven
  • Built-in appliances
  • Commercial-style range
  • Coffee or drink station
  • Recycling station

+ How much do kitchen cabinets cost?

Stock: $200-$400 per linear foot Pre-made

  • Readily available to ship in 1 week
  • Affordable
  • Limited number of styles, colors, and sizes

Semi-custom: $400-$1,000 per linear foot

  • Made in the same sizes as stock products
  • Can be detailed for an extra fee
  • Options include customized finishing, sizes, glass opthins, accessories

Custom: $500-$1,500 per linear foot

  • Designed however you want them to look
  • Most expensive
  • Require a skilled carpenter

+ What is a typical Kitchen Renovation Budget Breakdown?

Kitchen renovations cost $12,500 to $34,0000, with a typical spend of around $23,000. The rate divides into materials, installation, lighting and plumbing fixtures.

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the $23,000 remodeling expenses break down is as follows:

  • Design fees 4% or $920
  • Installation 17% or $3,910
  • Appliances and ventilation 14% or $3,220
  • Cabinetry and hardware 29% or $6,670
  • Countertops 10% or $2,300
  • Lighting 5% or $1,150
  • Flooring 7% or $1,610
  • Doors and windows 4% or $920
  • Walls and ceilings 5% or $1,150
  • Faucets and plumbing 4% or $920
  • Other 1% or $230

Remodel Contractor Labor Rates

Expect to pay $3,500 to $6,000 for installation alone. Professional labor typically factors into the total in a range from 15 to 25 percent. The NKBA suggests 17 percent as the median. This percentage will vary depending on the size of the space and the features you install. Hiring a kitchen remodeling contractor is the best way to get the most out of your project and budget.

+ What is the difference between stock and semi-custom?

STOCK cabinets are in-stock and ready to ship in 5-7 business days, allowing us to install in as little as 2 weeks. Styles, colors, and sizes are not customizable, but there are many standard options to choose from to fill most peoples desires! With Plywood boxes and soft close drawers, these quality cabinets will add beauty and value to your home for years to come.

These cabinets are built to order - for you! Semi-custom cabinets allow you to customize features to fit your own unique style. Whether it's custom paint, open shelving, accessories, or a gorgeous island, there are hundreds of styles, finish, and wood combinations for you to explore. Typical lead times are 4-6 weeks.

+ Why do I have to pay up front?

Creations requires payment up front for each portion of the project before scheduling. Also- Sales Tax is NOT applied when cabinets are purchased with installation. Once we receive the ETA for your cabinetry, we schedule the installation, countertop measure, and countertop installation at the same time to provide the most efficient lead times possible. Since the ETA is typically available within a few days of purchase, we have found that (paying as you go) can cause delays in scheduling and ultimately more stress on the customer, project coordinator, and countertop vendor who is being asked to “squeeze in” or “move up” install dates. Date’s for each service can be locked in as soon as payment is received.

+ What part of the kitchen remodel do you guys do?

Creations currently provides kitchen design, cabinet installation, and countertop installation services.

+ How long does it take for my cabinets to come in?

Typical lead time for Stock cabinetry is approximately 2 weeks and for our Semi-Custom brands 4-5 weeks. Lead times can extend during busier times of the year, typically during building season and before the Holidays, Spring and Fall.

+ Do you install tile backsplash?

At this time we do not subcontract tile installations. You can check with your designer to see if we have a preferred vendor partner referral we can refer to you!