Urbas Home Services
Serving north Kitsap and east Jefferson Counties, Washington
Including Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, and Bremerton
Custom Cabinets and Home Remodel
Individual Detail for Every Job
Urbas Home Services
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Some Examples Of Our Work
Whats Out There: Is This Your Kitchen?
If You're Interested:
|When To Call
OK, so let's say you are interested in our cabinets. What's next?
The first thing to remember is to allow plenty of time for the entire process. The second is to get your cabinet maker involved early on. Very early on! This is especially critical if you are doing new home construction. With existing homes it is usually possible to delay the project to fit into the cabinetmaker's schedule, especially since the old kitchen is not torn out until just the new cabinets are ready. But with new construction there is usually a very tight schedule, what with construction loans, move-in deadlines, sale of existing homes, etc. Any cabinet vendor will have to schedule your installation well in advance. It is much better to have the cabinets waiting for the basic construction to be done than the other way around. In the discussion that follows we will assume you are interested in doing business with Urbas Home Services.
What If You Are Ready For Cabinets To Be Installed
At Urbas Home Services, all cabinets are custom built from scratch. That means we have absolutely no pre-made cabinets of any kind in stock. If your kitchen - or bathroom, laundry room, etc - is ready for installation, your only option is probably one of the big box stores, like Lowes, Home Depot, or Ikea. Even at that you would have to compromise on whatever size and style they have on hand.
What If You Are Ready To Us Start Construction
Ours is a small, custom-build shop. We do one customer at a time. While it is possible that an immediate opening exists, the prospect can not be counted on. Our normal procedure would be to agree with a customer on content, price, and timing, then schedule the work to be done. This allows us to keep our focus on the job currently in work, and do the best we can to meet the needs of each individual client.
What If You Are Looking For Bids
We can give a general price estimate at almost any time. Once all the details are selected and agreed upon, and if we are within the customer's price range, we can do a detailed price out and submit a job bid. If that is agreeable to the client, the job can be scheduled and the work begun when the scheduled time arrives.
What If You Are In The Preliminary, "Idea" Stage
This is by far the best time to contact us. At this point we can visit your site, get a good idea of what are your preferences and desires, and suggest some alternatives and options.
|Formulate Your Ideas||1. Do a current situation
specifically, make some lists of:
Note: If there are two (or more) persons directly involved in this project (examples: husband & wife, domestic partners, etc), EACH should make his/her own list first, then agree upon a common list.
|Involve Urbas Home Services||This is where we would like to
first become involved in your project. If your above list
or if you've made a stab at it, give us a call.
|Cabinet Bid||From our
perspective, there are
two parts to any type of kitchen/bath/laundry renovation: the
cabinets and the auxiliary remodel work. Once our customers have
decided upon a final design for the project, we will submit a firm bid
for the cabinet portion of this project. A number of things go into the
determination of the bid price, including:
The second part of the project involves the remodel activities excluding the cabinet construction. Because of the potential for "surprises" hidden in existing homes, we do not do remodels on a bid basis. Rather, we charge for actual cost of materials purchased and hours worked. At the same time cabinet bidding is done we will provide the homeowner with our current hourly rate, which will be in effect for the duration of the project. While we charge only for the actual cost of materials used, we also charge our hourly rate for time required to buy and pick up materials. Therefore the homeowner can reduce their costs by picking up the materials themselves. They may also decide to do some of the work themselves, or involve other friends, relatives, contractors, etc. We are quite comfortable in working with, or around, others at the homeowner's site. Our only caveat is that we do charge our hourly rate, whether it be for original work, working around (or waiting for) other workers on site, or repairing any work of others. Also, it bears repeating that our business license does not allow us to do electric or plumbing work, and there may be other tasks which we decide is out of the scope of our business. This last item will be decided on a project by project basis.
|Homeowner Acceptance||At this point it is
the homeowner's option to accept or reject any
part of our proposal. Acceptance will include the following financial
|Acquisition of Materials||Normally, once the project has begun the required materials can be immediately acquired, so this step only amounts to a day or two. That would apply to commonly-used woods, such as oak, maple, birch, pine, fir, hickory, and certain others. However, there are some woods which are not readily available. Those might include madrone, figured bigleaf maple (birdseye, fiddleback, etc), myrtle, certain quartersawn woods, and other, non-domestic varieties. If any of those woods are selected special arrangements would have to be made to order materials and to schedule the start of the project to allow time for materials to arrive.|
|Cabinet Construction||Actual construction of kitchen cabinets will take from one to two months, although larger projoect, including multi-room orders, may take longer. It is imperative that the homeowner be aware of the construction time required, and schedule the overall project to allow for cabinet construction time. Since all cabinets are custom built for each individual room, no advance work is possible.|
|Cabinet Installation||It is during this last step, at the homeowner's site, that the last phase of actual construction takes place. Larger modules, such as the lower corner units, which may be too large to pass through the average doorway, would be delivered in pieces and assembled at the site. Cabinet shells are attached to the walls (and sometimes the ceilings), and to one another. Face frames are secured to the cabinet shells, doors are attached to the face frames, and drawer fronts installed. This process usually takes one to two weeks.|