Thursday, April 13, 2017

How to Remodel Your Kitchen - Visit Our Website To learn More

Homeowner's Workbook: 
How to Remodel Your Kitchen

You've decided to remodel your kitchen. Now what? Not knowing where to start, many homeowners fall into two camps. Some start by looking at appliances. Others start by collecting inspiring kitchen photos. Some decide they need more room. Others simply want to upgrade their current kitchen. Homeowners may find themselves in this exploration stage for a year or longer before they start interviewing kitchen designers or general contractors.

Once you've pondered long enough and you're ready to green-light a kitchen remodeling project, then what? We'll start with the first 9 steps and we'll get into the all details under specific steps as we move through the complete workbook.


Step 1: Think about what you need

This step is all about how you use your kitchen, and finding the layout and features that fit your household’s lifestyle. Get ideas from every resource possible, including www.houzz.com and photos, kitchen showrooms, books and magazines.

Think about your priorities: how many people will be cooking and gathering here, and how they’ll need to move around in it. Do you need an addition? Or can you work with your existing kitchen footprint?

If you haven’t already, start saving photos of kitchens with features that suit your style. Your collection can be organized and beautiful like a scrapbook or it can be filled with random, unorganized images. I prefer the latter, because I like to randomly stuff images into my folders and ideabooks and go back to them later on for edits. 


Step 2: Research and plan

Ready to green-light that project and take the plunge? The best place to start is by formulating what's commonly referred to as a scope of work and figuring out your preliminary budget.

Both may be subject to change, so don't feel like you have only once chance at this. Budget and scope are intertwined and often change many times during the design process as you become more educated and able to reconcile what you want and what you can afford. As a homeowner, you're not expected to walk into this knowing what everything should cost. Remember, this is an educational process.


Step 3: Find the professionals you will need

Even if you're going the DIY route, unless you're building your own kitchen cabinets and doing your own electrical and plumbing, you're going to have to work with a professional at some point. It may be as brief as leaning on your salesperson to help you in selecting and ordering your appliances or cabinets, but it's something to plan on either way.

Some people start by visiting big-box stores or cabinet showrooms where they can see everything. Many homeowners get referrals from friends or colleagues and start by hiring an architect or designer. Still others might work on their own with a builder or contractor. Pros are available to help you with everything from contracts and permits to space planning, budgets, choosing finishes and fixtures, shopping, ordering products, helping you set up a temporary kitchen, and managing your project from start to finish.


Step 4: Schematic design

This phase includes sketches, space planning, preliminary floor plans and elevations showing the layout and cabinet sizes. I try to keep my clients focused more on layout and space planning, even though the temptation is to talk about what the kitchen will look like. But I find that getting caught up in the look too early can distract from the space planning phase.

Plus, you need a plan in order to figure out what materials will go where, and how many square feet you will need, and ultimately how much this will cost. I like to begin the contractor interview process early and give them a preliminary drawing packet and scope of work so we can get some ballpark construction numbers. At the same time you can be sending out drawings for estimates on some top choices of finishes and fixtures.

Step 5: Fixture and finish specification

Throughout this process, and probably long before, you have been saving photos of kitchens you love into your ideabooks and folders. You've found your style, whether it's modern, classic, traditional, cottage or a personal style in between. You probably know if you want a light color kitchen as white, gray, etc., a natural wood kitchen or some color.

Now you need to make your final selection of finishes and fixtures. This usually includes:

Cabinetry construction type, doorstyle, finish and color
Countertop material
Refrigerators and other appliances
Kitchen sink and faucet
Flooring
Backsplash
Decorative Hardware



Step 6: Work on design development and construction documents

This is the stage when you finalize the design and prepare final floor plans, elevations, details and, if applicable, mechanical and electrical drawings, lighting switch plans, and exterior elevations.

This is where your final permit set or Construction Drawings (CDs) come into play. It's important to have finishes and fixtures selected at this time, since this is what will be considered in the final pricing from the contractor.

You'll submit drawings for permits. These have a lead time, so check the timing with your local village. You'll need an architect, designer or licensed contractor signed up to finalize the paperwork and pick up your permits, so get ready to hire someone in the next step. I often find that we're submitting for permits around the same time or a little bit after we've placed the cabinet order, due to similar lead times.

Step 7: Get contractor estimates

If you don't already have a licensed contractor on your project, your next step is to find one to carry the project through. I always recommend to my clients to get at least 3 different contractor estimates. I like to do preliminary walk-throughs with the contractors once the schematic designs are done so we can get some ballpark estimates and find out if we're on the right track or need to pull back some to fit the budget.


Step 8: Get ready for demo

The big day is upon us, most likely something like 4-8 weeks from when you submitted for permits. Time to get that schedule firmed up and plan on cleaning out the cabinets, putting what you don't need in storage and — if you're living in the house during construction — setting up a temporary kitchen so you don't lose your mind!

You may be moving out of your house temporarily, but most homeowners white-knuckle it and try to live in the house through construction. Preparation and organization can save your sanity.

Discuss the logistics ahead of time with your contractor. Will you meet once a week for updates? Will you have to be out of the house for certain tasks like demo or flooring? What about debris removal and dust? Are there any family allergy issues? What is a typical work day for the crew? Getting all this on the table beforehand can set expectations and make for a smoother ride.


Step 9: Surviving the dreaded punch list

Once construction is over, well ... almost over ... there's always this annoying little list of items that are missing, wrong, or simply forgotten about. A missing light switch plate, a caulk line that shrank and pulled away from the wall, paint touch ups — small things like this, and sometimes bigger things like the hood doesn't work, or there's a big scratch in the newly refinished floor.

Sometimes the homeowner does the punch list. It can be as informal as an emailed list of items that need to be fixed or finished. I like to use a little form I put together that identifies the item to be fixed or finished, the responsible party and the date of completion. I send it to the client for review, changes and additions, and then off to the contractor.

It's inevitable that the contractor may have to make multiple visits back to the house to finish these items; prepare yourself for more than one visit and you'll be fine. The best way to approach this is with a Zen attitude. Things happen, little things get missed. It's sort of like making a list for the grocery store and still forgetting some key ingredient. We all do it.

Call us for your next remodeling project! We would love to do it for you.
Phone: 678-469-5683




Alex Custom Homes
Max and Anisa Kimmig
2640 Hermitage Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
Office: 678-455-3636
Direct: 678-793-6474
Fax: 678-455-3637




Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Remodeling Your Home? Why Settle When You Can Have The Best? Let Alex Custom Homes Show You - Visit Our Website To Learn More

Remodeling your Home?


There are many different contractors you can choose to remodel your home. However, none brings such attention to detail as Alex Custom Homes. We have taken the old world approach to building and brought the techniques and building styles found in Europe and applied them to the Atlantan Lifestyle. For the homeowners who want a touch of elegance to their renovation, feel free to visit our website to learn more about what we can offer your home.







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follow this link to see our remodeling page


Alex Custom Homes
Max and Anisa Kimmig
2640 Hermitage Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
Office: 678-455-3636
Direct: 678-793-6474
Fax: 678-455-3637


Thursday, December 8, 2016

We Have Broken Ground On A New Home - Visit Our Website To Learn More







Project location: Gwinnett County, GA
Project size: 12,000 sq.ft. plus unfinished basement.
Outdoor living: Swimming pool, Japanese garden, koi pond, lake



Set behind private gates opening onto a lush, tree-lined driveway, this one-of-a-kind European Style home, designed and in building process by Alex Custom Homes, offers complete privacy, spacious accommodations and picturesque, curated aesthetic perfection. Set on over 4 acre of land, with enchanted Japanese gardens, vineyard, koi pond, bridges, spring garden, generous infinity edge pool, outdoor patios and beautiful outdoor kitchen, providing the foreground to unfathomable tree-top, city views. From the moment you walk into the grand voluminous entry hall, it is clear that attention to detail was at the forefront of every design aspect. The home features some gorgeous designed ceilings throughout, circular stair, elevator, complete with a show kitchen and chef’s kitchen, two master bedrooms with dual en-suite bathrooms, and an elegant master closet designed with the distinct feel of a luxurious Rodeo Drive Boutique, wine cellar, bar room, home theater, billiards room, separate game room, gym. The heart of the home is a two-story great room with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, a dining room and a full sized bar and wine room. The large designer pocket doors from opens out from keeping room and grand room creating an outdoor – indoor open feeling. High ceilings run throughout the residence, creating a modern atmosphere with a relaxed, indoor-outdoor flow.
 




ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL HOME AND IS NOT YET BUILT?Alex Custom Homes, LLC is a full-service luxury custom home builder throughout the GA with in-house Interior Designers and Architects. We specialize in building Luxury Estates Homes which allows us to take care of our families whether they want the best of the best or they wish to keep it simple but elegant! Alex Custom Homes will construct the residence on our lot if you would select from our lot inventory or on your lot, on request. Our company has spent many years building each type of home and welcomes you to enjoy our gallery to see our work.
You and your family deserve the utmost care and attention when building your home. At Alex Custom Homes, our passion is working with you every step of the way to make your dream home a reality! We will closely monitor your budget and value engineer everything to ensure you are happy with what your home cost.
There is no better feeling than the warmth and serenity of your own home. A luxurious masterpiece built to your individual taste which serves as a private getaway from the outside world. A place where memories are born, friends and family gather and lifetimes are shared.
Visit Us at www.alexcustomhomes.com for more information About Us, Pictures Gallery of our past projects and Floor Plans.
Not sure that you want to go through building process, we will help you to decide what will work best for you. As Realtors we will find you the right house in you desired location. Visit our websites at www.atlantaluxuryhomes4sale.com and http://www.century21.com/finehomes for resale homes.
CALL US AT: 678-469-5683




We will keep you posted on the progress



Alex Custom Homes
Max and Anisa Kimmig
2640 Hermitage Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
Office: 678-455-3636
Direct: 678-793-6474
Fax: 678-455-3637



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Take A Look At This Lovely 5 Bed 5.1 Baths 4 Car Dream Home - The Angelina - Visit our Website To Learn More

2630 Hermitage Drive









$2,197,000

5 Bedrooms
5 Bathrooms
1 Half Baths
4 Car



Another masterpiece home To Be Built by "Alex Custom Homes", in desirable Creekstone Estates! This luxury European house plan was developed for the discerning homeowner who knows the value of a well-designed plan. Home will have contemporary features throughout, an over-sized Master Suite with a luxurious Bathroom, four-car garage and motor court. When you enter through the French doors you will be amazed with the open spaces of this exquisite European manor. The large Grand Room is accented with a groin-vault ceiling, contemporary fireplace. Large dining room - seats 12- with wall niche and Butler's pantry. Great size kitchen with view to Keeping Room and Great Room includes a breakfast, large island for entertaining and ample counter space and very large Pantry. Keeping room is vaulted ceiling and large folding doors which opens to covered patio. The second floor includes four additional bedrooms suites, each with their own bathroom and walk-in closet. A media room and 2nd laundry room out the second floor. Optional In-law suite. We can modify any floor plan to fit your clients purpose. Bonus Area: 1006 Sq.Ft. - Unfinished.

Alex Custom Homes
Max and Anisa Kimmig
2640 Hermitage Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
Office: 678-455-3636
Direct: 678-793-6474
Fax: 678-455-3637

Friday, October 21, 2016

We Have Broken Ground On A New Home - Visit Our Website To Learn More







Project location: Gwinnett County, GA
Project size: 12,000 sq.ft. plus unfinished basement.
Outdoor living: Swimming pool, Japanese garden, koi pond, lake



Set behind private gates opening onto a lush, tree-lined driveway, this one-of-a-kind European Style home, designed and in building process by Alex Custom Homes, offers complete privacy, spacious accommodations and picturesque, curated aesthetic perfection. Set on over 4 acre of land, with enchanted Japanese gardens, vineyard, koi pond, bridges, spring garden, generous infinity edge pool, outdoor patios and beautiful outdoor kitchen, providing the foreground to unfathomable tree-top, city views. From the moment you walk into the grand voluminous entry hall, it is clear that attention to detail was at the forefront of every design aspect. The home features some gorgeous designed ceilings throughout, circular stair, elevator, complete with a show kitchen and chef’s kitchen, two master bedrooms with dual en-suite bathrooms, and an elegant master closet designed with the distinct feel of a luxurious Rodeo Drive Boutique, wine cellar, bar room, home theater, billiards room, separate game room, gym. The heart of the home is a two-story great room with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, a dining room and a full sized bar and wine room. The large designer pocket doors from opens out from keeping room and grand room creating an outdoor – indoor open feeling. High ceilings run throughout the residence, creating a modern atmosphere with a relaxed, indoor-outdoor flow.
 




ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL HOME AND IS NOT YET BUILT?Alex Custom Homes, LLC is a full-service luxury custom home builder throughout the GA with in-house Interior Designers and Architects. We specialize in building Luxury Estates Homes which allows us to take care of our families whether they want the best of the best or they wish to keep it simple but elegant! Alex Custom Homes will construct the residence on our lot if you would select from our lot inventory or on your lot, on request. Our company has spent many years building each type of home and welcomes you to enjoy our gallery to see our work.
You and your family deserve the utmost care and attention when building your home. At Alex Custom Homes, our passion is working with you every step of the way to make your dream home a reality! We will closely monitor your budget and value engineer everything to ensure you are happy with what your home cost.
There is no better feeling than the warmth and serenity of your own home. A luxurious masterpiece built to your individual taste which serves as a private getaway from the outside world. A place where memories are born, friends and family gather and lifetimes are shared.
Visit Us at www.alexcustomhomes.com for more information About Us, Pictures Gallery of our past projects and Floor Plans.
Not sure that you want to go through building process, we will help you to decide what will work best for you. As Realtors we will find you the right house in you desired location. Visit our websites at www.atlantaluxuryhomes4sale.com and http://www.century21.com/finehomes for resale homes.
CALL US AT: 678-469-5683




We will keep you posted on the progress



Alex Custom Homes
Max and Anisa Kimmig
2640 Hermitage Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
Office: 678-455-3636
Direct: 678-793-6474
Fax: 678-455-3637



Friday, October 7, 2016

We Have Broken Ground On A New Home - Visit Our Website To Learn More








Project location: Gwinnett County, GA
Project size: 12,000 sq.ft. plus unfinished basement.
Outdoor living: Swimming pool, Japanese garden, koi pond, lake



Set behind private gates opening onto a lush, tree-lined driveway, this one-of-a-kind European Style home, designed and in building process by Alex Custom Homes, offers complete privacy, spacious accommodations and picturesque, curated aesthetic perfection. Set on over 4 acre of land, with enchanted Japanese gardens, vineyard, koi pond, bridges, spring garden, generous infinity edge pool, outdoor patios and beautiful outdoor kitchen, providing the foreground to unfathomable tree-top, city views. From the moment you walk into the grand voluminous entry hall, it is clear that attention to detail was at the forefront of every design aspect. The home features some gorgeous designed ceilings throughout, circular stair, elevator, complete with a show kitchen and chef’s kitchen, two master bedrooms with dual en-suite bathrooms, and an elegant master closet designed with the distinct feel of a luxurious Rodeo Drive Boutique, wine cellar, bar room, home theater, billiards room, separate game room, gym. The heart of the home is a two-story great room with state-of-the-art audio/visual technology, a dining room and a full sized bar and wine room. The large designer pocket doors from opens out from keeping room and grand room creating an outdoor – indoor open feeling. High ceilings run throughout the residence, creating a modern atmosphere with a relaxed, indoor-outdoor flow.
 




ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL HOME AND IS NOT YET BUILT?Alex Custom Homes, LLC is a full-service luxury custom home builder throughout the GA with in-house Interior Designers and Architects. We specialize in building Luxury Estates Homes which allows us to take care of our families whether they want the best of the best or they wish to keep it simple but elegant! Alex Custom Homes will construct the residence on our lot if you would select from our lot inventory or on your lot, on request. Our company has spent many years building each type of home and welcomes you to enjoy our gallery to see our work.
You and your family deserve the utmost care and attention when building your home. At Alex Custom Homes, our passion is working with you every step of the way to make your dream home a reality! We will closely monitor your budget and value engineer everything to ensure you are happy with what your home cost.
There is no better feeling than the warmth and serenity of your own home. A luxurious masterpiece built to your individual taste which serves as a private getaway from the outside world. A place where memories are born, friends and family gather and lifetimes are shared.
Visit Us at www.alexcustomhomes.com for more information About Us, Pictures Gallery of our past projects and Floor Plans.
Not sure that you want to go through building process, we will help you to decide what will work best for you. As Realtors we will find you the right house in you desired location. Visit our websites at www.atlantaluxuryhomes4sale.com and http://www.century21.com/finehomes for resale homes.
CALL US AT: 678-469-5683




We will keep you posted on the progress



Alex Custom Homes
Max and Anisa Kimmig
2640 Hermitage Drive, Cumming, GA 30041
Office: 678-455-3636
Direct: 678-793-6474
Fax: 678-455-3637



Financing for New Construction

Financing for New Construction