What’s Next?

What’s Next? Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

Why should I use an Interior Designer?

An interior designer has the breadth of knowledge of materials, styles and space planning to assist with timely and proper development of your project.  Although, many television shows showing kitchen and bath projects would have you believe that they are do-it-yourself projects, they are not.  An interior designer has an education in the study of space, function and safety of the materials of construction.  Similar to the manner that an architects specialize, so do interior designers. Our firm specializes in kitchen, bath and cabinetry projects.  Most importantly, we are certified kitchen designers through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and  follow their extensively developed guidelines and good practices for safe kitchen and bath design.  We take into consideration the complex ergonomics required for the various activities taking place in the space, and insure efficient use of the environment through functional flow.  Specifications related to appliances, lighting levels, material selections and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines, where needed, are just a few of all parts of any project we do.

What brands of cabinets do you carry?

We offer Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry, Rutt Regency and NEFF Kitchens. These products cover a complete range of design flexibility in true custom, built-to-design, traditional to contemporary, that allow us to design a high-quality, timeless space for you.  Rutt Regency, our newest cabinet line, delivers affordable luxury with the talent and quality of the Rutt craftsmen behind it.

What spaces do you specialize in designing?

While our specialty is custom-designed kitchens and bathrooms, we offer our design services for any room in your home.  We design beautiful custom closets, finished basements, studies, and laundry rooms, to name a few.  Whatever space you wish to add or redesign for better function, we can help.

Can I hire you to draw up design plans only?

With us it’s the complete package.  The most important component of the services we offer is a complete and comprehensive design; our goal is to create a new and exciting environment for you using the cabinetry and products we trust ensuring a fantastic result.

Will you work with my builder, architect or interior designer?

Absolutely! We often collaborate with architects and designers.  We know that a collaborative approach with the other professionals involved in your project has your best interests at heart.

My project is not in the Albany area—how far do you travel?

With today’s technology, we can go virtually anywhere.  We’ve worked on projects from Vermont to Florida. Our products can be delivered directly from the factory to you.

How do I get started?

The first thing you’ll want to do is determine your “wish list” and your remodeling budget.  The investment you are willing to make will determine the products and the level of services.  Hopefully, your wish list and investment dollars match.  Your investment is what drives the project.  Second, start gathering information by looking though kitchen design websites, Houzz.com for example, and build an online file.   Magazines and visiting showrooms will also help to determine the look and finishes you like.  Visit appliance stores to also see what is new.  In other words, start putting together your very own ‘idea book’.  Fill the book with magazine clippings, online finds and photos of designs, colors, materials and finishes that you prefer.   We also suggest making a list of things you don’t like, so we have a good understanding of your taste and style.  All of this information will be invaluable for your meeting with us.  We can use this as a road map to design a space that you love and is within your budget.  You can start by viewing our  galleries of bathroom and kitchen designs.

After you have put together your Idea Book, your next step is to request a meeting with us. This will allow us to get to know each other better and see if there is a ‘fit’ for your particular project and what we offer.   This first meeting is when we will talk about your investment level for the project; everyone has some idea of what they want to spend.  We will be able to tell you then and there if what you want will match with what you want to spend. Your budget will allow us to guide you through the many decisions required of any home improvement project.  Our knowledge and expertise can provide you alternatives, where necessary, to help your project remain on target.  Ultimately, this will help you determine whether Andrea Langford Designs is a good fit for you and your project.

Why do you charge a design fee?

When you hire us through our design agreement, we now work for you on your project. Just as architects, lawyers and accountants charge a fee for their time and service, so do professional interior designers. We produce designs based on specialized education and experience and, as such, these designs are considered our intellectual property. The design agreement secures our time on your project and allows us to offer you customized service. This service goes far beyond the complimentary service that might be offered at large home improvement retailers.  Even a cabinet shop that doesn’t charge an up-front design fee will charge you something to go beyond concept.  Our plans take into account all aspects of the space, including construction, plumbing and electrical issues. Every design plan is a custom plan.  In fact, your plan will not be duplicated, insuring that your project is a one-of-a-kind.  You won’t see your kitchen or bathroom in the neighbors house.

Can I make changes to the design?

This is your space after all; of course you can make changes. When we come back to you with our designs, there is always some tweaking of the details but we generally hit the mark within the first two design options.  You will have to trust us that we have taken into consideration the options that will work best for your situation.  In the interest of design time and moving the project along; changes can slow down the process. If there is a shift in the design focus, such as additional rooms or changing the scope of the project, then we will revisit our design agreement to update it to include the new spaces.  Floor plans and elevation drawings will illustrate exactly how you space will look.  Any minor adjustments that may be made subsequent to the cabinetry order will be worked out to your satisfaction.

When can I have a copy of the designs?

The design are yours as soon as you have signed off on the project with either a project deposit or a cabinetry deposit.  Until such time, you are always welcome to set up an appointment with us to review the plans.  Should your architect, contractor or interior designer require a copy of the drawings before your cabinetry order has been placed, we will require a deposit based on a percentage of the project cost. This deposit will be applied to the cabinetry order.

How long will the entire process take?

You should allow several months for the design phase. If you are building a new home, it is optimal to bringing us in as the house plans are being developed.  We can save you time and money by preventing subsequent changes made to the structure and/or framing.

After the design is completed, we will place the order for your cabinetry. Cabinetry generally takes two to three months from order to delivery. In the meantime, we will work with you to finalize other finishes in the space, such as flooring, counter tops, back splashes and the like.  The scope of your project will determine the length of time it takes to complete.  As with most home improvement projects, you should expect to encounter some challenges.  Remodeling projects often reveal other issues that need to be dealt with before a project can be completed, particularly in older homes.  Patience, communication and understanding on all sides will be a tremendous help in reaching successful completion of your project—and insure that the end result is what you truly hoped it would be.

Who will do the installation?

If you do not have a contractor, we can recommend one.  Although we do not retain contractors, we have considerable experience with several in the Capital District. Likewise, we have worked with many area electricians, plumbers and other subcontractors, and can provide suggestions.

Do you reface, refinish or replace doors on existing cabinetry?

Our firm does not offer these services.

Do you sell appliances?

We work closely with local distributors who can provide you with high-quality appliances in order to provide you with the widest variety; this way, you can select from the manufacturers that offer exactly what you want.

What will you do with my old cabinets and other construction material?

If you wish to reuse your old cabinetry elsewhere, please let your contractor know. If they are in usable condition you can donate them to a local organization.  We recommend Habitat Re-store.  Your contractor will properly dispose of any construction material.

How can you guarantee that I will be pleased with the final product?

Designing is our passion! Communication is key, as is preparation and planning. We work closely with you throughout the entire process to insure everything is turning out as you hoped it would. That’s not to say that there won’t be changes or adjustments as the project evolves.  We offer high-quality products that we love and use in our own home, as do many of our friends and family. Please take a look at some of the testimonials.

Drop us a line if you have any other question that we haven’t answered here.

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