9/16/2007 Stan's Cabinet Shop
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
Next Step
Stan Urbas 
Urbas Home Services
E-mail: cabinets@urbashome.com
Seabeck, WA 98380

office phone: 360-830-4162 (local to Kitsap County, Poulsbo, Bremerton)
cell phone:    206-992-8803 (local to
Bainbridge Island)
WEB Site:    
www.urbashome.com


So you're interested - what's the next step?

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OK, so let's say you are interested in our cabinets. What's next?

Timing

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 Have 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.

We have prepared the following is a list of tasks to guide you through the process of selecting new cabinets for your home.  

Process Stage Tasks
Formulate Your Ideas 1. Do a current situation analysis; specifically, make some lists of:
    a. What's don't you like about your present kitchen.
    b. What functionality is missing now
    c. What new features would you like to have
    d. And be sure to include anything you really like about your current kitchen - things you would still like to retain in your new setup.
2. Look for ideas. Fair game includes magazine articles, friend's kitchens, open houses, store displays.  You're looking for
    a. Wood type (ie, oak, maple, hickory, etc)
    b. Color combinations
    c. Counter top
    d. Appliances
    e. Hardware (handles, knobs, etc.)
    f. "Special" requirements, like counter height or cabinet size.
3. Scope out the size of the project: does it require
    a. Moving walls, combining rooms
    b. Changing ceiling height or stype
    c. Changing doors and/or windows
    d. Revising electrical, installing new outlets or lights
    e. moving or revising plumbing
4. Prioritize your lists into:
    a. "No point in doing this project if we can't do........."
    b. "If we do go ahead with this we must also do..........."
    c. "Could live without if we had to, but would REALLY like to have..........."
    d. "nice to have if not too expensive..........."
5. Try to decide WHY you want the items on your list. For example, if you want cherry wood, is it because of the color, the grain effect, the durability, or all. This will help later in finding alternatives if your choices are determined to be impractical or too expensive.
Note: If there are two (or more) persons directly involved in this project (ex: husband & wife, domestic partners, etc), EACH should make his/her own list first, then agree upon a common list.

Involve Stan's Cabinet Shop This is where we would like to first become involved in your project. If your above list is complete, or if you've made a stab at it, give us a call.
We will:
1. Provide a rough estimate.  At this point it's NOT a bid, but rather an approximation of what it will cost for us to do the work. If we are far apart on what you want to (or can afford to) pay and what it will cost for us, this is the time to know it.
2. See if our cabinet line fits your above list. Let's face it; there are some things we just don't do. Better you know at this point, so you can pursue alternatives.
3. Suggest alternatives.  Our experience may provide you with insights on achieving your objectives.
4. Look for any major problem areas in your plans. Two common areas are changes to the structure of the home for kitchen remodels, and getting everything to fit into a specified area. We also examine functionality, traffic flows, color combinations, etc.
5. Discuss the homeowner's skills and what parts of this project they might want to do themselves.
6. Recommend when to involve other contractors.  For example, our business license precludes us from doing electrical or plumbing work. But there might be other tasks not in the scope of our business.
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 size of the project
- the current cost of the raw lumber
- the current cost of hardware and other materials
- the complexity of any special cabinet requirements
- the difficulty in finishing certain lumbers
- the cost of any purchased assemblies, like appliance lifts, recycle centers, etc
This portion of the project is considered to be a firm bid, and is not subject to any increases, provided the requirements and specifications do not change and bid is accepted within 30 days.

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 arrangements:

Deposit: A deposit of 65% of the cabinet bid is required up front. Work will not be scheduled until a deposit is received.

Cancellation: If for any reason the project is cancelled once the deposit has been received, the buyer can expect to forfeit the entire deposit amount. However, if no work has yet been done, the customer will forfeit 10% of the deposit, and the remainder will be returned. If lumber, hardware, or other materials have been purchased, the customer will forfeit the cost of any ingredients purchased, plus 10% of the deposit. Once actual construction has begun the customer will forfeit the entire deposit amount.

Balance: 25% of the bid amount is due when the cabinet construction is complete and ready for installation. The remaining 10% is due upon completetion of installation.

Sales Tax: Sales Tax  will be assessed at the current rate for the given locale and collected with other fees.

Sequence Of Events: Once a deposit is received, there is a period of time between the completion of any existing projects and the start of the current project.  When the project is officially started, we will purchase materials and begin construction of the cabinets in our cabinet shop. Once cabinet construction is complete we will come to the job site to do any demolition and structural remodeling required. If the homeowner is doing his or her own demolition and remodel, we will provide a schedule of when the demolition/remodel should be done.  This process minimizes the down time at the job site.
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 sight. 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.