Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Top 3 Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen

You might be wondering if you can still remodel your kitchen this year! The most important thing is to get input from the right sources. We're pretty confidant that the Teknik team is one of the right sources! Here are our Top Three Tips!

  1. Open up the layout
  2. Embrace the design build process
  3. Prepare for the execution

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

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1. Open Up The Layout

The new thing in 2020 is having enough space. Imagine that.

When you have to work from home, it's easy to allow your work life to taint your experience of your home. You work on the couch, in the kitchen, on the patio, perhaps in your bedroom.

Please don't allow your whole house to be ruined by working from home! You may just need to remodel the space to create a more compatible work area. A few ideas are:

  1. Remove a divider wall
  2. Remove an L-shaped wall
  3. Replace doors and windows for better light or ventilation
  4. Remove all different types of flooring and replace with continuous flooring

With the total square feet available in your home, or on the main floor, you can have a way better experience of your home with an updated layout.

Make sure you hire a design-build firm that has an architect or engineer on their team already so that you have a one-stop-shop experience and don't have to farm out your own job to a disjointed series of subs.

2. Embrace The Design-Build Process

On one hand, you've got ideas and dreams.

On the other hand, you've got a physical home with physical limitations and a budget with limitations as well.

The design-build process is full of checks and balances so that your design ideas can be explored until they meet your budget. You've got to get into design elements, architecture, engineering, and selections in order to get to a tight budget price range.

But once your budget has been updated throughout the design process, you'll be able to value-engineer and play with different options to tweak the price until you find a number that works. This will feel like volley ball--it's a lot of back and forth!

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

3. Prepare For The Execution

Demolition can be quick but it will be messy and loud. Even with HEPA vacuums and thousands of dollars of equipment, including air scrubbers, etc., the process of demolition is always messy.

Additionally, it is wise to plan for 10% flexion of the project calendar plus additional time for every change order or request for additional work.

The project timeline can get emotional at about 60% completion. Remember that if you're feeling uneasy or antsy, your superintendent can address every question and concern you have as long as you share it with him.

You'll be done in no time at all and ready to party! Fire up the barbecue, invite the neighbors! Time to celebrate your new kitchen and make some jealous neighbors!

Why Choose Teknik for Your 2020 Kitchen Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

The Ugly Truth About Kitchen Remodels in 2021

We are shooting straight regarding San Diego kitchen remodels in 2020:

  1. The 2020 Kitchen Remodel Will Be In 2021
  2. The option of Refacing cabinets, abandoned
  3. Proper use of a design-build firm

We know, and you're right! The year has been challenging and hard enough without remodel delays. 

But we're not going to lie to you. In this article, we'll share the top three areas where you should prepare! 

Read on to prepare for your San Diego kitchen remodel fully grounded in reality!

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The 2020 Kitchen Remodel Will Be In 2021

Planning & Design
Our design team will eliminate the clutter by clearing your path and guiding you through design options, layout, selections, colors, and interior decorating decisions. But every quality process takes time, and it's normal for a full kitchen design process to take several weeks; usually between four and eight weeks. 

Construction documents and permitting
We, the Teknik team and home owner lean on each other to expedite what we can. But the party remaining outside of our control is the city. Whether we are pulling a permit in the City of Carlsbad, City of Encinitas, City of San Diego, or Del Mar, each office has been understaffed due to social distancing restrictions, and back-logged due to increased numbers of remodels. 

Permits are currently taking several weeks longer than usual, which will impact your projects' start date.

Construction
The saving grace! When you've gone through our process fully, you'll be prepared for every aspect of your remodel from demolition to finishes and the punch list! If permitting was the bad news, then construction is the good news because 75% of Teknik projects are completed on time or early. Multiple times per week, you will receive real-time updates on your smart phone. These updated will include daily logs, progress photos, comments, requests for information (RFI's), and answers to all your questions.

Are you looking for a firm who can provide thorough documentation of your project, especially when you're not home? Ask about our client-facing project profile software today!

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Proper Use of the Design-Build Firm

Setting the stage:

The abbreviated name for our industry is A/E/C which stands for Architecture, Engineering and construction. You may also hear people refer to it as the construction industry or remodeling industry.

That being said, all good people in the A/E/C industry are seeking to increase their reach, serve more clients, and build their businesses. Nothing wrong with that.

As the home owner, you are seeking, presumably, to achieve a few things.

  1. First, you want the job done correctly the first time and you want excellent craftsmanship in every trade.
  2. Secondly, you'd like help finding the finishes that YOU want based on YOUR taste and budget. You want to avoid the extremes of putting lipstick on a pig, or gold-plating your kitchen, bathroom, etc. 
  3. Thirdly, you want a firm who is forthright and respectful of your target budget, helping you to stay as close to it as possible, without compromising the integrity of your design. No surprise change orders, no "Sorry that wasn't included in the contract."

So, back to the A/E/C industry! Here are just some of the firms you can find on Houzz.com or HomeAdvisor.com who will be vying for your business:

  • A design firm--these companies may include any combination of architects, engineers, drafters, hand rendering or 3D designers, interior designers, or interior decorators. They have wonderful ideas, but they've rarely estimated or built so much as a dog house, so beware of the risk. "Oops, this is a $150K kitchen but our budget is $85K. Let's start over...but we just paid you $8K for designs."
  • Estimators--these companies may include a hodge-podge of folks with varying levels of experience. They want the plans produced by the design firm above, and they'll try to estimate your plans for a small fee so that when you put it out for bids, you have a baseline. 
  • An installer--these guys hold a general contractor's license but they are stripped down to laborers and managers only. Not full service, lots of change orders.
  • Project Management firm--these guys hire a general contractor who will manage your project and they charge you an extra fee to manage the general...redundancy is a waste of your budget.
  • A "paper" design-build firm--these guys do your design, estimating, administration and project management, but hire out 100% of the work to subcontractors. You've got little control over each subcontractor's work quality, time management and you're spending extra money to have a tribe of business owners all running their own show and charging their own markup.

Hands down, the best of the A/E/C industry is wrapped up in a classy design-build firm. They are a one-stop-shop but here's the key; they are incentivized to be competitive and not add additional services just for fluff. You can always take your business somewhere else, right?! They've got their own employees who will be the ones who keep your jobsite safe and clean on a daily basis. 

Why Choose Teknik for Your Kitchen Remodel?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

10×10 Kitchen Remodel with Peninsula to Island Conversion

Your kitchen and living area are the heart of your home but many San Diego home owners are working remotely which means that 80% of their day is spent in the kitchen!

Check out this article to read about how home owners are making their kitchens more work compatible.

  1. Peninsula converted to an island
  2. Total remodel or partial
  3. Open up the layout

Man, we know about how this year has gone and we totally understand that you're needing to maximize your home for the holidays and 2021.

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST CONSIDER before you begin!

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Peninsula Converted to an Island

The thing is, a peninsula used to be a good idea. 

Home owners find that it usually restricts traffic whereas an island allows for better flow and movement...especially if there are two or more people who need to be in the kitchen at once. 

If you'd like a cleaner look, more efficient storage, and more total storage (yes, there is a difference), then go ahead and ask your contractor today about ripping out your peninsula and  building you and island. 

If you'd like depth and complementary colors in your kitchen, going with an island that's a different color! Since your paint, flooring, and counter tops are all uniform, you'll have a simple, classy look that is timeless, bright, and beautiful.

Total Remodel or Partial?

It would be a partial remodel if you wanted to replace paint, flooring, counter tops and appliances. But in this case, you'd keep your plumbing, electrical, lighting, cabinets, etc.

The only problem is that replacing appliances means new appliance sizes. New appliance sizes mean new cabinets, new cabinets means that your island or peninsula will be replaced, which means that your flooring will be replaced. And this all means that you've gone from a partial remodel to a total remodel. 

So consider if you'd like to buy new appliances or keep your existing ones. This will make all the difference. 

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Open Up the Layout

The new thing in 2020 is having enough space. Imagine that. 

When you have to work from home, it's easy to allow your work life to taint your experience of your home. You work on the couch, in the kitchen, on the patio, perhaps in your bedroom. 

Please don't allow your whole house to be ruined by working from home! You may just need to remodel the space to create a more compatible work area. A few ideas are:

  1. Remove a divider wall
  2. Remove an L-shaped wall
  3. Replace doors and windows for better light or ventilation
  4. Remove all different types of flooring and replace with continuous flooring

With the total square feet available in your home, or on the main floor, you can have a way better experience of your home with an updated layout.

Make sure you hire a design-build firm that has an architect or engineer on their team already so that you have a one-stop-shop experience and don't have to farm out your own job to a disjointed series of subs. 

Why Choose Teknik for Your 10x15 Kitchen?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Kitchen & Bath Remodels This Fall

Top concerns for a 10x15 San Diego kitchen remodel:

  1. Timing is everything
  2. Material Lead Time
  3. Timeline of Kitchen & Bathroom Remodels

Man, we know about being excited to get started and we'd encourage you not to have a dozen contractors out to give you cheep bids!

In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

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Timing Is Everything

The timing of your remodel is important.

If you’re going on a vacation in the next month, you might prefer to wait but we have many of our clients choose to leave us with their keys and be at ease!

Being out of town for the demo and loud work is way more fun than working in the next room!

With some sort of school schedule starting soon, the San Diego summer has come to a close.

Part of getting ready for school is scheduling breaks, trips, and remodels for the rest of the year to plan for holidays. We are hear to take care of your kitchen or bathroom remodel! Call 858-775-7628 today!

Material Lead Time

The most important thing to know about kitchen remodels for the fall of 2020 is that lead-times on raw materials are still longer than usual due to COVID-19. 

Windows have been taking 3 to 4 weeks longer to arrive than usual. Since many window manufacturing facilities are closed, fewer facilities now carry the burden of producing windows for the whole country.

There has been a dramatic improvement since the initial delays in March and April but most materials have still been slowed by a week or two.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Timeline of Kitchen or Bathroom Remodels

For fall/winter remodels, here are a few things to consider:

Lead time on material is beyond our control, so of course these estimates are really really approximate.

Small to medium size kitchen remodels, 10x10 kitchens, 10x12 kitchens, 12x15 kitchens, etc:. plan on your windows and your cabinets taking the longest. Cabinet lead time is anywhere from 2 to 10 weeks depending on the manufacturer you choose and the quality of finish you are willing to invest in. 

It is common to collaborate with your contractor for two to four weeks to make sure everything is ready to order. Once ordered, you'll wait two weeks for the plumbing to come in, and then get started.

From the start to the finish your remodel may take three or four months. The demolition to finishing touches portion of that for months may only be 6 to 10 weeks.

Small and medium size kitchens in San Diego or one of the most common remodels we see. But remember, the square footage of your kitchen does not determine the price and the square footage does not determine the number of decisions that need to be made.

You may have all the decisions for your small kitchen It would also need to be made for a much larger space because each element is still present, just in smaller proportion.

Why Choose Teknik for Your Fall/Winter Job?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Three Tips for Your 10×15 Kitchen Remodel

Top concerns for a 10x15 San Diego kitchen remodel:

  1. Please shop for your contractor, not your contract
  2. Please build your Ideabooks on Houzz.com
  3. Please make two lists so you have clarity before you begin

Man, we know about being overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. 

But don’t worry. In this article, we'll show you where to start! 

Read on for the first three things you MUST KNOW before you begin!

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Shop For Your Contractor, Not Your Contract

We know, get a bunch of bids and then decide on the right guy. 

Sounds like a good idea but the truth is, you'll end up with an average contractor and larger-than-average problems. 

Adding insult to injury, you'll have change orders to fix those problems...but you no doubt chose that contractor to save money so you're actually upside down a little bit. 

If you want the truth, ask the car salesman where he buys cars for his kids...

Ask the luxury jewelry saleswoman where she buys her personal diamonds...

Ask the contractor how he shops for contractors to do work on his home and how he value engineers his own projects to achieve both of your goals: 

  1. Get the job done right the first time
  2. Do it as efficiently as possible 

If you shop for your contractor, not your contract you can have the best of both.

Please Build Your Ideabooks on Houzz.com

When you speak contractors, you'll be asking them your questions...

But in order to get you to where you want to go, they will often answer your questions with more questions...

So, in order to be better prepared than 80% of home owners, build an Ideabook on Houzz.com

This allows for two things:

  1. You'll select what you like and don't like in each photo. You'll be able to add a note or caption so you remember exactly which feature you liked within that photo.
  2. You'll gain clarity on the entire look and functionality, vs. having a bunch of unrelated ideas. As you select photos 17, 18, 19, and 20, you'll start to see themes and you'll be excited to go back and delete some of the first photos you selected because they no longer fit your aesthetic!

Instructions:

Create Your Ideabook

  • Get Ideas>Kitchen>Use filters if desired>Hover over the photo>Click Save>Add notes on the photo>Drop down menu> + Create New>Save!
  • Repeat for all photos as desired.

 Share with us

  • Hover over “Your Houzz” (top right)
  • Your Ideabooks
  • Click the desired Ideabook
  • Finally click “Invite” to search for Teknik and invite us to view it!

 

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Please Make Two Lists So You Have Clarity Before You Begin

Here are examples of the two lists that you'll want to create for yourself:

Must Have List

  • Replace appliances
  • New cabinets
  • New counter tops
  • Updated plumbing 
  • Updated electrical
  • New flooring

Wish List

  • New doors 
  • New windows
  • Additional lighting
  • Blow out a wall
  • Add indoor/outdoor seating

Whether you are listing several items or just a few, your clarity will allow you to major in the majors when you address how to get the most for your budget.

Why Choose Teknik for Your 10x15 Kitchen?

Let us be your guide as you strive to avoid the blunders that make our industry look bad. When you work with us, we help you avoid:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

Still apprehensive about calling? You'll be 100% protected with our Spoiled Rotten Customer Guarantee.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

How To PLAN Your Kitchen Remodel Around The Post COVID Market

Hey, if you’re a San Diego homeowner and wondering if it's possible to plan for your 2020 or 2021 kitchen remodel, you're not the only one who's asking. These are some of the questions that our families have been texting and emailing us since the quarantine was ordered on March 19th:

  • how can I do more of my research on the front end?
  • how can I get more done before site visits?
  • how can I take all the safety precautions during a site visit?
  • how can I ensure I like my materials if I'm selecting them online?
  • as a contractor, how would you shop for a contractor?

Boy, do we know how it feels to be in the midst of the global Coronavirus pandemic and be unsure how to navigate. We are in this together. None of us have ever been here before. At Teknik Design & Remodeling, we've stayed lean and nimble so that when times get tough....really REALLY tough, we are still able to help folks get their essential home functions put back together so they can take care of their family.

We have been chipping away at our process, eliminating inefficiencies, and narrowing our focus for over a decade so that we can get your work completed with safety and speed. Now, with social distancing, shelter in place, and all businesses closed except for essential services, we are glad that we have! We are ready.

Read on. You’re in the perfect place! 

In this article, we’ll answer the five questions above so you can make a great decision about your kitchen planning for you and your family.  

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How Can I Do More Research On The Front End?

Using Home Advisor Resources

HomeAdvisor.com is a wonderful resource for San Diego home owners. Their catch phrase is "Don't Overpay, Compare Pros!" This has lead some readers to believe that they will be able to see how much their project may cost, right there on their screen, before they have to interact with any contractors. Nope!

The method that homeadvisor.com uses so you can compare pros is to have you fill out their form by answering basic questions about the work you'd like done so they can share your information with four different contractors.

Each of the four then has the opportunity to reach out to you, and you can work with each to go through their estimating process. For helpful info on how to select a contractor, see the final two paragraphs in this article.

Using Houzz.com Ideabooks For Your Finish Materials

Here at Teknik, we love having our clients save time during the design and planning process by gaining clarity using the Houzz.com Ideabook feature.

  1. Create a Houzz.com account.
  2. Hover over the "My Account" button on the top-right of your screen
  3. Click on My Ideabooks
  4. Create a new one and choose a name

Finally, use the search bar to find photos that you love! You may find your cabinet style, tile, plumbing, flooring, and light fixtures. Ensure that you make notes under each photo to specify which features you've noticed in each photo. When you select your contractor, you can share it with them on houzz.com and eliminate two to five hours from your discussion process 🙂 Preserve your energy. What a WIN!

How Can I Get More Done Before My Site Visit?

The site visit is no substitution for doing your due diligence online. By the time you schedule your site visit you have already verified that the contractor:

  1. Is licensed, bonded, and ensured. Verify here https://www.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/CheckLicense.aspx
  2. Is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. Verify here http://bbb.com/
  3. Has been recently engaged in other projects in the community. Verify on their website or social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yelp, and Houzz. Remember, most contractors are pretty small businesses, so it's okay if there aren't lots of recent updates. You just want to make sure they have been active! 
  4. Is receiving a good proportion of recent 5-star reviews. Are they leaving their clients satisfied customers or raving fans? Are they being invited back to complete a second or third project?

Construction has changed a lot in light of keeping our communities safe and slowing the spread of COVID-19. We are all working hard so that you and your families avoid exposure at all costs.

The primary purpose of a site visit was to build friendship and trust. But in light of the social distancing rules in place, much of the conversation that builds this connection can happen over a zoom meeting or on a conference call. Remember, the content of the conversation will include project details, but the substance of the conversation is to see if a friendship and trust can be built.

It is only after you have grown somewhat comfortable that you will be able to share your target budget range or inquiries about special customization. If you connect well, and share ideas easily, then you are on your way to uncovering if it makes sense to partner up on your remodeling project. All this can happen before a site visit is scheduled - hooray!


How Can I Take More Safety Precautions During My Site Visit? 

  1. We interview every person every day to ensure there are no symptoms
  2. We wear masks
  3. We ask that you wear masks
  4. We sanitize and wash our hands continuously
  5. We sanitize and wash our tools and gear continuously
  6. We ask that if it's possible, the home or that area of the home be empty during and after our site visit
  7. Whenever possible, we construct a containment & sanitation area to keep the area in question sealed off.

We call and text multiple times to confirm all is well. We ask that all parties are fearless and proactive in their communication of any need to reschedule the site visit.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

How Do I Know I Will Like My Materials If I'm Selecting Online?

You can actually follow our process and get your materials in your house after all!

  1. Our designers will help you to create a short list of favorite products online
  2. We will order samples for pickup
  3. We will deliver them to your home. If you prefer to pick them up, we can arrange for that too
  4. You get to decide on your favorite selections
  5. If it is both essential and safe, we will schedule only one site visit to
    1. confirm scope
    2. demo & discovery
    3. obtain measurement for quantity
    4. Our designer will confirm that you still love the materials you’ve selected

As A Contractor, How Would You Shop For A Contractor?

And how can I have fewer or only ONE in my home?

The following is how we as a contractor would search for our own contractor.

You'll see the first column is what was common before the Coronavirus Pandemic. The second column is what we recommend so that you can minimize or eliminate your contact with other people and get work accomplished in the midst of social distancing. 

The Teknik Perfect Remodel Process has always been true to what you'll see below in the column on the right. It has always been in the best interest of the homeowner. But now it is non-negotiable.

Selecting the Right Contractor | Process Overview


Living on The Other Guy's Timeline

  1. Call 3 to 5 contractors
  2. Schedule as many as 5 site visits
  3. Get an estimate from each
  4. Compare each and select your contractor--the nice guy who doesn't have the cheapest price or the most expensive one.
  5. Hope for no change orders
  6. Hope for no delays or surprises

Living on The Teknik Timeline

  1. Call 3 to 5 contractors
  2. Intentionally qualify each over the phone considering character, integrity, experience, and follow-up.
  3. Schedule a site visit with only your top 1 or 2 and get a ballpark range from each based on pictures and experience.
  4. Select your contractor 
  5. Follow the remote process to collaborate on a design, layout, and scope that you love. This collaboration will produce your detailed estimate, or Teknik True Quote. Yes, this price will fall within the initial ballpark, unless the scope is increased. 
  6. Complete your project on time!

Why choose Teknik for Your 2020 or 2021 Kitchen Remodel?

Folks, if your remodel can wait, we recommend that you wait for the safety of everyone. This COVID-19 pandemic is real, dangerous and should be taken seriously, despite some still treating it too casually.

If you feel that the time is now for your kitchen to be restored to it's required functionality and safety, then we are your best option for a smooth, safe, and honest remodel.

Please call our office today at 858-775-7628. Ask for the Office Manager to walk you through our initial questions to get to know your project. Ask our team members to share with you how we have been helping homeowners in San Diego avoid these three industry blunders for over 20 years:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Use of Subcontractors

Our Three Step Perfect Remodel Process worked before COVID-19 and it still works today. Let's get going on remote-collaboration so that when the time comes, you're all set to go. Can't wait to see your dreams come true.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Choosing The Best Contractor for Your 1980’s Kitchen Remodel

If we were having a cup of coffee or a beer, we would shoot straight. We know you appreciate that. If you are considering a remodel for your 1980's kitchen, look no further for answers to these burning questions:

  • How do I know who the good contractors are and who I should avoid?
  • How many bids should I get?
  • What if I have my design and just need to find a builder to complete my kitchen?
  • I'm in a hurry, how fast can we get this project completed?

Boy, do we know how it feels to work in a 25 or 35 year old kitchen and wonder if any remodeler can deliver on the design you want.

But don’t worry. You’re in the perfect place! 

In this article, you can scan for answers to your questions, so you can get on with your day and call us for a consultation when it's convenient for you.

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What is A "Paper" General Contractor?

As you look at remodeling your 1980's kitchen, be aware that many contractors in San Diego are formally a general contractor, but it's on paper only.

In function, they are a project management firm only, and subcontract 100% of the work out to other firms.

This can have a devastating impact on your budget because your money wont go as far.

It is common for subcontractors to hire their own subcontractors which means you end up with many layers of unnecessary markup and a smaller scope than you wanted.

"I Have Spoken to Five Contractors"

Talking to many contractors only guarantees that you'll talk to many contractors.

The best approach to finding the San Diego Kitchen remodeling company that is right for you, is to prepare a clear framework of assessing compatibility.

With clear assessment standards in mind, you will be empowered to ask the right questions, and speak to each company, while wasting less time than your neighbors.

Remember the three priorities of every 1980's kitchen remodel: Speed, quality, and price. If you want it to be quick and low cost, quality will be affected. If you want quality and speed, price will be affected.

Call NOW to find out the FOURTH priority of every 1980's kitchen remodel!

"I Have My Plans Permitted and I'm Ready to Get Bids"

Unfortunately, the San Diego marketplace has remained frustrated with firms who provide permitted plan sets. Your plan set is also known as your construction documents (CD's). 

The reason for this frustration can be easily understood by the adage "They got the cart before the horse".

Even though updating a 1980's kitchen seems straightforward, the cost of construction is not fully understood by the parties at these design firms. Neither the architect, engineer, drafter, interior designer, nor the permit runner have typically completed a remodel.

Your plan set has been permitted because your municipality has confirmed that it meets code and zoning requirements. 

Yet, the biggest question of plausibility lies with affordability.  It would be wise to provide a design-build firm with your target budget up front, and get input on the price range before getting locked into a design. 

"I Am Moving-in In Two Months, So I Need It Done By Then...

We love a fast-moving kitchen remodel. But if you're moving in two months or even four months, you should prepare to move in before your remodel is complete. 

My goodness, my kitchen isn't that big! Do kitchen remodels take more than three or four months? Not necessarily. But...

Here are a few steps that will add time to the front end of your project timeline:

  1. initial site visits
  2. selecting your contractor
  3. design & budget parameters
  4. collaboration & selections

Since you will be occupying the home during the remodel, ensure you've found a firm that takes extra care to:

  1. be clean
  2. be clean cut
  3. protect your flooring
  4. mask off the construction area
  5. build containment area when necessary

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Why choose Teknik for Your 1980's Kitchen?

For over 20 years, Teknik has been guiding San Diego home owners through their kitchen remodels and helping them to avoid these common mistakes made by other contractors:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors
1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Kitchen and Living Room Remodel with A Large Island

If you're looking for a multi-room remodel like a kitchen & living room remodel, you're likely asking a few of these questions:

  • can I get an estimate that is broken into phases, so I can see the living room phase and kitchen phase separately?
  • if I like my flooring, can we salvage it?
  • is there a ballpark cost, or does it vary greatly from project to project?
  • what are the best window options so we can maximize natural light?

We know how overwhelming it can feel to start doing research and hope that you're not missing anything major. But don’t worry. You’re in the perfect place! 

In this article, we will answer some of the most important questions so you can make a great decision for your kitchen and living room.  

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Preparation and Timeline - Phase One

Find your design-build contractor - this can be fast or slow, but usually happens in two to three weeks:

  • Doing your due diligence online on HomeAdvisor.com, Houzz.com, Google reviews, Yelp.com and their company website
  • Interviewing them over the phone to investigate their processes and communication style
  • Having site visits to develop trust and rapport and to see who will be the best fit for you

Insiders Hint: It has been said that "People don't leave companies, they leave managers". The implication is that if the primary relationship becomes sour, the rest doesn't matter. 

This principle also applies to design-build firms. On the face, it seams reasonable to choose companies based on price and timeline. But no lawsuit has ever been filed because of a fair and necessary change order (change of price), or because of a reasonable timeline increase. Often, the home owner has contributed to their own negative experience by failing to do their due diligence up front, so they end up paying for it twice over.

Please, we beg you...advocate for your own success by assessing and prioritizing:

  • how the firm functions
  • how and if they communicate their process to you with transparency
  • how they follow through on details

If they are demonstrating excellence in these three areas, you WILL be able to read it in their reviews. 

Preparation and Timeline - Phase Two

Collaborate on your design and product selections:

  • Call NOW to hear about our Teknik True Quote process and how we will customize it to fit your project!

Really?...Majority of Decision Energy Spent on Cabinets?

We are often asked "How long does it take before you can start?", "How quickly can we get through the design and selections process so we can get started?"

Designing your new cabinets involves dozens of decisions; sometimes they account for 50% of the decisions you will make throughout your entire project. Holy complicated cabinets, Batman! Here is a small sampling of features you can consider:

  • Deep full extension heavy duty drawers including dove-tail joints
  • Full extension rollout trays
  • Pull out storage units on side of island
  • Pullout spice rack by stove
  • Double pullout trash cabinet
  • Island with cabinets on all 4 sides with matching panels on all non functioning sides for full furniture look and 4 large size solid wood legs
  • Rollouts and tray divider storage on tall pantry cabinet by refrigerator
  • Double stack uppers with glass doors
  • Wine rack
  • Custom drawer inserts such as dividers and pegs
  • Crown molding
  • Solid wood carved corbel details

The goal is to find a contractor who is able to be your coach and a good coach will do two things: they will guide you to keep you on track with your expressed goals. And they will pace you, i.e. run along side you as you make each decision. 

When you do business with the right firm, they will always be one step ahead of you so you wont be waiting on them for input and feedback. Your timeline will be unique, but the right partnership will keep you moving forward.

Everyone's Favorite Feature - Your Island

If the kitchen is the most important room in the house, the island is arguably the most important feature in your kitchen. It is, after all, literally the centerpiece

One of the most beautifying options that families fall in love with is door panels on the sides of the island that don't open, for a uniform furniture look. See below for pictures of our recent Carlsbad kitchen island.

Consider if you will use your island primarily for cooking, entertaining, or something else. Perhaps the kids will study there? Families who use their island primarily for food prep often want their primary sink in the island to reduce dripping every time they transfer from island to counter or vice versa. 

In contrast are families who often entertain guests. They like to place a smattering of yummy dishes across the island to facilitate the natural gathering around of conversation, wine and sharing bites. The sink would both interrupt the flow and attract dirty dishes and hand-washing. Clutter and contamination? No, thanks. These families keep the sink in a separate area.

FAQ: Can we have a movable island? No; the building code requires electrical outlets be wired into the island, so it must be fixed.

Continuous Flooring or...?

Opening up the room is a common motivation of families who choose to install continuous flooring throughout their remodeled space, or the whole first floor. It adds a quality of flow to the rooms and contributes to people moving freely throughout the space. 

Saving flooring comes up periodically as a potential option to save money. If you are replacing your cabinets and island, this is a poor strategy. The increased labor cost you will incur to have the crew gingerly and slowly demolish everything around your flooring without destroying the floor itself, will more than cancel out the savings. If the budget is a priority, replacing the flooring is actually more cost effective.

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Option for Indoor-Outdoor Living

If your backyard is wholly absent or if your backyard is a beach cliff, ignore this paragraph. If however, your backyard has a lawn, patio, pool, barbecue, or trellis, you must consider indoor-outdoor living. Sunshine is why we live in San Diego, California!

It is often possible to open up a wall that currently exists with two or three windows, and convert it to a multi-panel glass door that opens up to an outdoor dining area. This is such a beautiful change to make. When the door is open, guests feel drawn through the kitchen and directly into your outdoor living area! Check out these before and after pictures to see what we mean!

Before: Entire kitchen and living room closed off to the back yard and fireplace.

Outdoor living and dining room area

After: Removed pigme palms, installed LaCantina door, and built custom trellis.

Before: Too dark, soffit makes kitchen feel smaller, wall with three windows, closed off, poor natural light.

Kitchen view into outdoor dining area

After photo of Adams Residence, 2019. That deep breath kind of kitchen.

Why Choose Teknik?

Across every culture, tongue and tribe, we gather around food to celebrate, collaborate, and enjoy one another. We serve one another through food. We deepen connections within our homes and for over twenty years, Teknik Design & Remodeling has been creating beautiful space to foster those connections. We have fail-safe systems in place that allow us to rise above the industry stereotypes that frustrate home owners into perpetuity:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors
1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Best Contractor for an L-Shaped Kitchen

L-Shaped Kitchen Fairy Tale...or Not?


Pierre and Laura are newlyweds. They have been in their new home for about 8 months and they feel it's time to remodel their kitchen since they have settled into the current layout and feel they know what they would like to change.

Pierre grew up around his dad's construction company and helped on many projects, so he's confident that he can navigate vetting and hiring each tradesman, and plans to navigate completing the project on his own. Laura has always loved the idea of DIY projects and taking a room from drab to fab!

They agree that they will save SO MUCH MONEY if they complete it themselves, completing the painting and trim themselves, and hiring subcontractors where necessary. Plus, it will be fun--their first home improvement project as a couple! So they build their Ideabook on Houzz.com and get started, removing cabinets, drywall, and travertine flooring.

If there had been no complications, they may have fared well. But they ran into snags and setbacks, because their home was located on Earth. Let's see what happened.

  • Money wasted. They spent their upfront investment of $6000 obtaining plans and permits, using friends who could give them a good deal, but hadn't considered that they had a "dream design" with no concept of what it would cost to build it. Oops! 
  • Time wasted. They spent 2 to 3 nights per week plus lunch breaks, for 4 weeks to talk to several trades, attempting to get the best deal by comparing 3 to 4 companies within each trade. 
  • Time wasted. They attempted to coordinate individual tradesman including a cabinet guy, a plumber, electrician, flooring guy, drywall guys. They skipped the painters, and finish carpenter because they figured it would be too expensive. The steep learning curve created more wasted time.
  • No advocacy. 8 months later, they have a hardly-functional kitchen, the cabinets had been built incorrectly, so they are on round two of cabinets, and they have no one to advocate for them.
  • Blame shifting. The subs are blaming each other for mistakes and refusing to return to the job site to finish their work.
  • Increased stress and weight-gain. But seriously. They are still grabbing In-N-Out four days per week because they can't cook at home.

Avoid wasting time, wasting money, and having a never-ending-project. These are the reasons that we advocate for you to hire an expert. Your time and peace of mind are INVALUABLE. Therefore, it's worth it to invest in efficiency. 

Rest assured. We can help you write the ideal remodel story. You're in the right place! 

In this article, We'll provide five tips to help you make a great decision about your l-shaped kitchen. 

#1 Faux Pas to Avoid in an L-Shaped Kitchen


The survey approach to your kitchen design. It is the most natural thing in the world is to start asking friends and family their opinions. But unless you're speaking with a professional who designs AND builds kitchens and kitchen cabinets full-time, they wont have the expertise or design savvy to maximize your layout or aesthetic.

Opt for the kitchen pro. See a great list of the top contractors and design-build firm in San Diego County here: https://www.generalcontractors.org/the-best-apartment-and-condo-interior-contractors-in-san-diego-california/

#2 Clarity is Key: Know Who You're Talking To


General Contractor (GC)
A General Contractor has a "B license" (verify a license here: https://bit.ly/2v6Pvoo) that enables them to operate as a construction company in the state of California. General contractors as a group, can work in commercial, residential, multi-family, and many other sectors. These companies are not necessarily qualified as remodeling specialists.

Architect or Designer
Remember that architects and engineers design from the top down. Once safety is addressed, design elements can be added because they are SO COOL, but zero people at a designer's or architect's office know how to estimate building costs, because they have never built what they've designed. On the face, it seems logical to get your design done, get your permit, and now you're ready to send it out to bid...you'll compare apples with apples and choose the best guy for the job. But now if the price is NOT right, you're stuck with your plans, the associated permit, and you're out the $6,000 to $15,000 that it cost you to get here. You got the cart before the horse.

Design-Build Firm who is licensed as a General Contractor (GC)
"Design-build" is where the magic happens. It's a very simple model. We collaborate, design, and make selections with you, checking in on the cost along the way. We agree on an approximate scope, and approximate budget, then we keep you in the drivers seat. We give you all the authority over your project and we let you know if a design element you're asking to add will push you over budget or not.

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#3 Design Mistake to avoid in an L-Shaped Kitchen


Consider that most l-shaped kitchens have room for 2 to 6 people to fit comfortably. In order to keep the space feeling as large and roomy as possible, avoid dark brown or black when selecting cabinets and other finishes. The bold design trend that is "in" now is to install black cabinets, and gold fixtures. This looks great now and has a sexy batman appeal, but it's far from timeless and will soon look dated and cheap. Watch out for fads that are VERY 2020 but will have a short shelf life. Unless you plan to update every 5 to 10 years for the fun of it, select classic finishes, i.e. white shaker style cabinet doors.

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#4 Reface or Replace? Let's Talk Cabinets!

If you are on a tight budget, you can always replace your cabinet doors with a more modern or classic cabinet style. See a popular 2020 cabinet style here: https://www.houzz.com/photos/query/white-shaker-cabinets/nqrwns

If you repaint your cabinet boxes, and replace the doors and hardware, you'll have a wonderfully refreshed look without the timeline or price point required to build new ones.

In truth, if you are wondering about replacing the cabinets with stock cabinets from a big box store vs. refacing your existing cabinets, our design team will usually recommend to reface.

If your budget allows for a full redesign and new custom cabinet layout, they will not only LOOK better, but be much more space efficient, and internally functional. Options from most ideal to least are:

  • Build new custom cabinets
  • Reface with new quality doors and hardware
  • Replace with big box store cabinets  

Take It From Our Happy Customers


"Kevin had the work done as if it were his own house and the project was completed before the contractual completion date."  - Jack B., San Diego, CA

“This is our second remodel with Kevin. Once again, done on TIME! Great job! Just sorry we’re out of bathrooms! 🙂 He’s on speed dial in case we have another project.”   - Gary G., Encinitas

“Kevin told me to allow 25 days and it was done in just over two weeks.”  - Gina H., San Diego, CA

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

#5 L-Shaped Kitchen with an Island Layout


This photo is a great example of an open, well lit L-shaped kitchen with an island. It features quartz (man made) countertops, custom cabinets with white shaker-style cabinet doors, waterproof wood-style laminate flooring, and updated lighting. The sink, fridge, and cook top are in a triangle arrangement to maintain smooth workflow throughout the space. The large three-pane window with two sliders and one fixed pane allows for natural light to brighten the space. 

Large l shaped kitchen with island.

Conclusion

There you have it, folks! A little bit of common sense--choose classic over trendy. A little bit of industry specific insight--not all design and construction firms a right for custom residential remodeling. A little budget help with three unique cabinet options. And finally, a great example of a classy timeless L-shaped kitchen. You can get the remodel you want and deserve. It's just plane wrong that home owners feel traumatized by their remodeling experiences. Keep reading to find out why San Diego Families have been returning to Teknik Design & Remodeling for their second and third project.

Why choose Teknik for Your L-Shaped Kitchen?

Teknik has been helping families with The Perfect Remodel Process for over 20 years. Our families have shared their top three concerns, so we have made it our job to master the processes that prevent each of the following:

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors
1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Best Contractor for an U-Shaped Kitchen


Hey, do you ever feel like your kitchen cabinets are so difficult to navigate that you’d rather not bother taking everything out, just to get to the back of that one lower corner cabinet? Do you want the formula to maximize storage in your small u-shaped kitchen without spending an arm and a leg? In this article you will discover solutions to your problems of:

  • upper cabinet storage,
  • lower cabinet storage,
  • limited countertop space,
  • value-engineering and cost management,
  • and finding the best contractor is for the job.  

Boy, do we know how it feels to shop for the best ways to improve storage and wonder if any remodeler can deliver on the design you want.

But don’t worry. You’re in the perfect place! 

In this article, I’ll answer all your questions so you can make a great decision about your kitchen for you and your family.  

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Initial Challenges with a U-Shaped Kitchen


The most common frustrations with u-shaped kitchens and the problems that cause them:

  • having two corners - several cubic feet of storage space is often lost each corner due to poor quality builder-grade cabinets
  • poorly designed or absence of cabinet organization and inserts
  • in a small or medium sized u-shaped kitchen there is already limited counter space and when it is interrupted by the placement of the cook top, refrigerator, and sink, it causes even smaller prep areas that make it difficult to food prep

Small u-shaped kitchen. Note: two corners.

Storage Solutions for Upper Cabinets


Replace your existing cabinets with deeper cabinets to maximize storage, for large dishes such as Pottery Barn serving dishes, etc.

  • Remove center divider so your cabinet box is no longer cut in half.
  • Remove over-sized face frame—usually 2 ½” around the perimeter.
  • Adjust the height of each shelf within the cabinet box, or if cabinets do not go to ceiling, add additional upper cabinets for less frequently used and seasonal items.

Making these three simple changes to your upper cabinets can increase storage capacity by 15%-30%!

Storage Solutions for Lower Cabinets


U-shaped kitchens are often small kitchens. Since you are stuck with two poorly organized corner cabinets, they end up feeling like a crawl space, requiring you to crawl in in order to get to your pots and pans.

  • Remove over-sized face frame— usually 2 ½” around the perimeter.
  • Remove center divider so your cabinet box is no longer cut in half
  • Replace the builder grade side hardware with new Euro slides which are installed underneath the drawer, so you can gain another inch of width per box. 
  • Convert your bottom doors into drawers for easier access and less strain on your hips and back.
  • Customize drawers, pegs, dividers, full 110% extension of hardware.
  • Install lazy susan, pull outs, dividers, & inserts.
  • Bonus: These changes help you eliminate wash basins full of lids and miscellaneous items!

These items can improve cabinets storage by 15% to 30% per box! 

**Note: The favorite solutions among our clients over the past ten years is replacing cabinets doors with full-extension deep drawers. 


Take It From Our Happy Customers


"We had Teknik remodel our kitchen, staircase, and outdoor patio. We absolutely LOVE the finished project!"  - Kathy A., Carlsbad, CA

“Teknik, Inc. designed and custom crafted our built in cabinets in the great room, laundry area and master bedroom. You can rest assured Kevin will provide exceptional service and quality craftsmanship.”   - Randy O., San Diego, CA

Kevin came in with absolutely brilliant ideas of how to balance and update the kitchen. He was on top of every detail from start to finish. His crew are his employees who have been with him for a long time.”  - Cindie L., La Jolla, CA

Countertops

Since spacing between appliances can be very limited, making it more difficult to prepare food, you are probably asking, so how can I get more counter space?

We want to keep the appliance triangle in mind whenever we consider moving an appliances. When using the stove, you must be close to the sink and fridge; when you are using the cooktop, you must be close to the fridge, and sink, etc.  If you are remodeling within a fixed space, it makes sense for the cook who will be doing most of the prep to choose the locations of their appliances based on the rhythms of how they use the space most often.

  • A cook with a whole foods, plant-based diet will likely want more prep area where they store, legumes, gourds, grains, etc. This is often close to the cutting boards or sink area where they wash and prepare most of their food.
  • A cook that enjoys a lot of grilling, barbeque, etc. may want their prep area close to the refrigerator so they can quickly reach for those perishable favorites that need to be kept cool.
  • Many (but not all) u-shaped kitchens have a long wall on one side of the "U" and a short wall on the other side. By extending the short wall another several feet, you will lengthen the cabinet wall for additional upper and lower cabinets, and extend the countertop.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!

Why choose Teknik for Your U-Shaped Kitchen?

We talk to a LOT of people about their previous remodeling experiences and have discovered three primary complaints they make about their contractors: 

  • Late Completion  
  • Going Over Budget 
  • Overuse of Subcontractors

After decades of experience, we've built our entire business around solving these problems.  Discover the Teknik difference in our three step plan.

1 - Dream Design

Step 1: Dream Design


We’ll collaborate with you to transform your dark and outdated space into bright and inviting space.  It all starts with your free consultation so book now!

Step 2 - True Quote

Step 2: True Quote


You can trust our service agreement!  We get to know your home intimately before working on it to ensure we stick to budget with no change orders.

Step 3 - Complete On-Time

Step 3: Complete On-Time


We'll make your dream come true and do it on-time and on budget!  Then it's party time!  Perhaps leave out your friends who get jealous easily.

Call (888) 747-2013 or click here for a free consultation now!