Manhattan Center For Kitchen & Bath
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The counter top is being placed on as I'm typing this. Gorgeous!! The whole apartment has just come together before my eyes. Glad to experience this icing on the cake. Beyond my expectations!!! Thank you for making my day so happy!! And not bad on the bathroom haha. It's FANTASTIC!! ~ MAUREEN T.Mar 22, 2016
By: A serial renovator who hates the bullshit lies on Yelp I have completed 14 major renovations of homes/kitchens in the last 25 years. This is my first time using a specialty kitchen design and installation firm, and I will not do another kitchen renovation again without a kitchen specialist like MCKB and our designer Greg Hitchcock. The project was for our town home in Manhattan as part of a complete renovation with a high end contractor and an architect we had worked with on three prior projects. While we had a reasonable preliminary design, Gregs input was invaluable and led us to several major design enhancements that we had not considered (such as an open shelf for china and glasses) that have had terrific impact on design and function. Our experience with MCKB was superb, but not without minor issues. Every renovation project has challenges, the determining factor in a renovation is how the company responds to the challenges. While there are many examples of MCKBs responsive service, two come to mind. First, our center island had a waterfall marble counter and the ends wrapped around the cabinetry in a way that made one of the doors difficult to open fully. This was not MCKBs issue, but they responded by modifying the doors and changing the hinges to handle the countertop for no charge. In another part of the kitchen there were some measuring issues that arose from pre-construction to installation, again MCKB handled the challenges superbly. Greg came up with a very solid solution and MCKB installed and resolved the problem. For our next project, I will use MCKB again, Greg Hitchcock again and we recommend them without hesitation. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. DDR, Madison Ave, New York, NY.Jan 22, 2015
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- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?They need to think of their project in terms of components and start with the largest component first. Example; A kitchen renovation should start with the cabinets, then the appliances, countertop material, tile work, sink and faucet and so on. The cabinets are the most expensive component of the kitchen. The homeowner should go through numerous kitchen and bathroom magazines to have an idea of what they are interested and not interested in. When the customer visits kitchen and bath showrooms they will have an idea of what they are looking for and they can convey that to the kitchen designer. Create a list of questions for the professionals to answer. Take notes. Contact a reputable kitchen and bath design company like MCKB. Visit their showroom more than once to see how things operate. Schedule an appointment to obtain an estimate on your renovation project. Things to bring with you to the meeting: 1. floor plan. 2. Two or three tear sheets or magazine clippings on kitchens that they like or dislike 3. Any material samples such as textiles or stone tile work that they may need to match colors to. Ask for references. The estimate is just that, an estimate. Price is not everything, it is more important to retain a reputable company that will see your job through from start to finish than underpay for poor workmanship. Cabinetry is roughly estimated by the linear foot and typically our estimate is within 10 to 20% of the final price of the project. Expect to pay a retainer fee before the kitchen and bath designer and project manager visit the residence. The retainer fee is standard. It is applied back to the cost of the kitchen cabinetry, so technically, there is no design fee. It is almost impossible for a busy design firm to go and measure every single job without some level of commitment from the client; this shows the clients good faith in moving forward. Expect a separate estimate for the construction/installation of the cabinets. Usually installation is more involved than the homeowner realizes. Construction is more expensive in Manhattan, partly, because it is more difficult to get around in the city and there are more problems with access to buildings, as well as the age of some of the buildings. Your estimate should be for each component of the project and a separate estimate for installation. Be wary of the company that gives you one price for everything, chances are that in the end, there will be many adons that were unexpected, which will bump up your estimate beyond the 20%.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?There are numerous challenges in the renovation process, here are just a few. Time is one of the biggest challenges in any renovation. There are numerous individuals working on a renovation at the same time and keeping track of everything can be challenging. At MCKB, we have project managers that stay on top of deliveries, installation and deadlines. Staying on budget is always a concern. Keeping the completion deadlines for each phase of the project effects the budget as does coordinating delivery and pickup of all materials in the renovation process with all of the vendors involved. This is just another reason why we employ project managers to keep everything on track. Co-op boards, building permits and all legal aspects of keeping the project covered by the correct codes and insurance. We handle all of the necessary paperwork to keep your project on track. Dealing with waste and debris while clients are in the residence. At MCKB we own and operate our own construction company so we handle all aspects of the construction build from inception to completion including dealing with waste.