Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel

Deciding to Remodel Your Kitchen
Your Needs and Wants

The first step in remodeling should always begin with a list of all the things you’re looking to change in your kitchen. Everything from the cabinets, counter tops, flooring, sinks and appliances need to be considered.

Other questions to ask yourself is what else do you want your kitchen to be other than a place to prepare food. Are you looking to create an additional workspace in your home by incorporating a desk or computer station? Is your kitchen situated so it can function as an entertainment area for your family and guests?

You also need to consider storage space, how many people are generally in the kitchen at one time and – a consideration for ALL remodeling – are you remodeling solely for the purpose of resale OR are you planning on staying?

This, along with the current condition of the room, will help determine the scope of the job and provide the direction to more forward.

Choosing Who Will Remodel Your Kitchen

What We Do Best

Here are five tips to help make YOUR remodeling project go smoother and stay within your budget for the job…

  • Find an experienced contractor who stands behind his work. With years of experience as a building contractor, I know the industry inside and out. I will stand behind our craftsmanship to GUARANTEE you’ll be pleased with our work.
  • Select a contractor who’s not only “hands-on” but also “on-site.” Not only am I there on-site to personally supervise each of our jobs, I am also hands on involved in the tear out and construction process to make sure every aspect of your job is handled with the proper expertise and efficiency.
  • Make sure your contractor is LICENSED and INSURED. Many times, homeowners are not made aware of the risks and liabilities they incur when they hire unlicensed and/or uninsured workers. E & M Remodeling is fully licensed and insured to work anywhere within the state of Oregon.
  • If new cabinetry is being installed, save money by going “factory direct.” Because of our years of experience within the industry, we have established relationships with several cabinet manufacturers. We buy DIRECT, thus eliminating costly mark ups and we pass those savings on to YOU.
  • Ask for references. Our list of happy, satisfied customers throughout the area is rapidly growing and we are more than happy to supply names and contact information for these customers on to you.

Why Choose Us To Remodel Your Kitchen

We are a Family Owned Business

I established E & M Remodeling with my wife Melissa in 2004. While many remodeling companies that state they have been in business for 20 years are in fact adding up the years of experience of their staff, I can assure you that the 18 years of experience behind E & M Remodeling are entirely my own. Owning my own company was a natural progression for me, after working in the home construction business for years for prestigious companies such as Golden West Homes, Mid Valley Gravel, and Knife River. With a background in building from the excavation process to a finished home I have the ability and skill to detail every job I do, and make sure it meets my high quality standards. Having been a Project Manager, where I managed an entire homes, subcontractors, employee’s and dealing with every single aspect of building a house, I can and will go through every step of the remodeling process with you, ensuring nothing is left out.

The Process of Remodeling Your Kitchen

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The Process

Once I hear from you, we will schedule an appointment to meet at your home to discuss your remodeling needs and desires. You will always be dealing with me or my wife and partner in our business, Melissa, for any questions along the way. While I work with several of the area’s best remodeling subcontractors – each of them experts in their particular specialty – I will personally supervise their work and be available at any time to answer any questions about your project.

This personal touch is what sets us apart…I want you happy and informed every step of the way so you feel confident and secure in your decision to work with us.

Our First Interview Before We Remodel Your Kitchen

While we look at your current kitchen, I will ask questions about your likes and dislikes. In order to make specific remodeling choices, we may need to address “hidden” issues such as plumbing and wiring adjustments.

Showing me pictures of the type of kitchen you’re thinking about (taken from magazines, catalogs or web pages – including ours) is extremely helpful. That helps me understand whether we’re considering a classic or more contemporary look and feel.

Remodeling – Complete Kitchen Makeover

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Doing a Complete Kitchen Makeover

A complete makeover of your kitchen will take approximately one to two months from start to finish (be cautious of those who tell you they remodel kitchens in only a week or two) depending on your specifications. I may deliver your kitchen sooner than I promised but never after.

Pick a time to remodel when you will not be hosting any special events in your home (for many seasonal residents, we have worked while they are away). We do not tear out kitchen cabinets and take out appliances until your new ones are ready to be shipped. That helps keep the time you are without a kitchen to a minimum.

Choosing a Floor Plan When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Different Floor Plans

All kitchens have four areas to consider– storage area (pantry and refrigerator), prepping area (for chopping, seasoning, etc.), cooking area (stove, oven, microwave) and cleanup area (sink and dishwasher). You may also wish to consider a counter with stools or a dining area with a table and chairs.

We will look at kitchen plans and decide on the best one based on your needs, desires, budget and time constraints. Be it a single or double wall, U, L or G-shaped, or with an island in the middle…we’ll find the floor plan that’s right for you.

Managing the Remodeling Process

I will not tear out your current cabinets or appliances until I am sure the new ones will arrive on our scheduled installation day, thus reducing the waiting period for you to use your new kitchen.

Before remodeling, we will protect all areas of the house – walls, carpet, and furniture – and install barricades to prevent small children, elderly family members or pets from entering the work area.

I will supervise the job and our subcontractors from start to finish, making sure all the work is done according to plan.

Your checklist before remodeling your kitchen


To make things easy for you, take the time to print out and consider the following checklist so both you and I understand your needs and wants from the start –

What kind of storage do you prefer?

– Shelves
– Drawers
– Custom-design
– Roll-out shelving

What kind of wood finish do you like?

– Birtch
– Hickory
– Cherry
– Maple
– Pine

What style of cabinet doors do you like best?

– Flat panel
– Recessed panel
– Raised panel
– Inset doors
– Full overlay

What kind of counter top do you want?

– Marble
– Corian
– Granite
– Ceramic tile
– Other

What do you want as a back splash?
– Tile
– Same as the counter top
– 4” or full height
– Other

What do you prefer for your cabinets and drawers?

– Pulls
– Knobs
– Both

What kind of sink fits your needs best?

– Single bowl
– Double bowl
– Triple bowl
– Drain board

What kind of material would you like for your sink?

– Stainless steel
– Enamel (cast iron)
– Acrylic
– Other

Do you want a garbage disposal?

– Yes
– No

Which type of faucet do you prefer?

– Single handle
– Two-handle
– High arch spout
– Pull-out sprayer
– Other

What kind of stove do you want?

– Gas
– Electric
– Ceramic

What kind of oven do you need?

– Traditional
– Convection
– Slide-in or drop-in
– Microwave

What features to you want in your refrigerator?
– Ice maker
– Water filter
– Side-by-side doors
– Pantry doors
– Top-freezer
– Bottom-freezer
– Other

What other appliances do you want to add?
– Dishwasher
– Wine cooler
– Second sink
– Second refrigerator
– Space saver Microwave

What type of floors do you envision?
– Hardwood
– Porcelain tile
– Other

What kind of lighting do you want?
– Recessed lighting
– Track lighting
– Wall or ceiling mounted
– Under wall cabinet task lighting
– Other

How many colors of paint would you like?

– One
– Two
– Other

How would you describe your style?

– Classic
– Modern
– Eclectic
– Trendy
– Other

Mark all the words that describe your ideal kitchen

– Cozy
– Functional
– Spacious
– Organized
– Uncluttered
– Well lit
– Natural lighting
– Other

Add any other thoughts or ideas you have in mind for your new kitchen

Kitchen Remodeling Estimates And Budgets

Estimates and Budgets

Based on your wants and needs, we’ll discuss different budgets and styles for your kitchen, bath or total remodeling project. Upon your approval, I will prepare a detailed estimate.

We will then create a contract and establish completion dates for specific phases of the work. Draws will be paid on those dates with the final draw due upon completion.

Once our remodeling is completed, we will do a walk-through together to assure everything has been done as promised in the initial estimate. We provide a one-year warranty on all our work, but know that you can call me at ANYTIME if you feel something is just not right and I will work with you to correct.