Monday, July 13, 2009
We would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to Southern Kitchens, the finest kitchens under the sun! We realize that the process of designing your new kitchen is a special undertaking, and hope to make your experience with us special as well. Our experienced design staff specializes in the design of unique and proficient kitchens. We have selected our manufacturers based on their quality, craftsmanship, and their diversity of products. Again we would like to extend a warm southern welcome and hope that together we will embrace this journey into designing the kitchen of your dreams.
The following information is provided so that you will have an understanding of the kitchen design process executed by Southern Kitchens.
The design process is the initial phase with Southern Kitchens. Your initial appointment will be with one of our designers in your home. In order for your designer to truly understand your wishes we have a planning questionnaire we would like for you to complete. This is also a perfect time for you to share with us your ideas for your new space. We love to see pictures or magazine clippings of what you have in mind!
Southern Kitchens consultation fee for the initial visit is $150, to be paid at the time of the visit. At the conclusion of your first appointment your designer will then schedule a second appointment.
On your second appointment you will meet in our studio located in Alexandria, where a 3-D CAD design and estimate for product proposal will be presented to you. During this appointment you will view our showroom displays, consider different cabinet styles, woods, finishes, countertop surfaces, etc. and review your design choices. At the end of your second appointment Southern Kitchens requires a retainer of 10% of your project cost, which is applied as a deposit on your contract. Once retained Southern Kitchens will re-design or modify your design and pricing.
Please keep in mind that your design process can be lengthy based on the amount of decisions that have to be made. Always feel welcome to call and discuss any design options that you may have. Making these decisions can be very difficult and we are here to help you in the process.
Obtaining A Contractor
The next step with your new kitchen is to obtain a contractor. We will recommend several qualified contractors that specialize in kitchen installations or you may choose to use your own. Either way please keep in mind that Southern Kitchens will be accessible at all times during your project. Southern Kitchens can help coordinate a meeting with one of our recommended contractors at your home. An estimate will then follow.
Ordering of Products
Once you have agreed on your design, pricing, and your kitchen installation requirements are resolved, ordering of your product is the next step. At time of ordering we require a 50 % investment which is payable to Southern Kitchens Inc. Coordinating your installation with your contractor is now necessary. Keep in mind that product can take anywhere from three to sixteen weeks for delivery.
Coordination and Installation Process
Coordinating your job with proficiency can be very trying as a result Southern Kitchens will gladly coordinate with contractors for a fee of 5% of total product cost. This coordination fee enables Southern Kitchens to establish a projected timeline of events for installation of product. Once we are informed of the date of cabinet arrival we will inform you and your contractor. Coordination for dates of delivery of cabinets, appliances, and fixtures will also be made with the contractor, and once those dates are confirmed we will then send you a formal letter informing you of those dates. After dates of the above are determined and scheduled, dates for field measurement of countertops as well as installation of countertops will be scheduled.
Southern Kitchens requires that remaining payment for all kitchen products are paid at time of cabinet delivery. When cabinets are in place, field measurement for countertops will commence. Installation of all countertops can take anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on materials and availability. As you can see the more organized we are, the sooner this project will conclude. We strive to stay on schedule and hope you can understand that sometimes changes will be necessary.
Now that your cabinets are installed, countertops are in place and appliances are running and you are enjoying your new kitchen, please invite us over to photograph your new kitchen to display on our website, and possibly a magazine.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
There are many differences in the design and the installation of inset cabinetry. Sue to the cabinet design with doors and drawers inset into the face frame, many design rules are different than in standard overlay cabinetry including pull dimensions, door opening tolerance for adjacent cabinets and interior accessories and many more. Installing inset cabinets has many differences from standard overlay.
The effects of moisture are more noticeable on inset cabinetry than on overlay door styles due to the tight tolerances of the door set inside the face frame. It is very important to store and install inset cabinetry in climate controlled environments. Heating and air should be in place to maintain an acceptable range in relative humidity. Relative humidity should be maintained in the 40% to 45% year round during storage, installation, and use to prevent door panels from shrinking and swelling. Inset cabinets leave the factory with a preset gap of 3/32 of an inch. If inset doors are tight in the frame, this is an indication that these doors have taken on moisture from the surrounding environment.
Prior to installation, cabinets should be placed on a level surface, door spacers removed and each door and drawer inspected for proper opening and closing. If there are any issues with operation of the cabinet parts, contact us prior to cabinet installation. The door and drawer front opening and closing operation will be voided from warranty if the cabinet has been installed prior to full inspection and notification.
Inset cabinets must be carefully installed with proper shimming to walls and floors so that cabinets are level and plumb when fastened, to avoid racking the cabinet out of square, which could cause binding and malfunction of the doors and drawers.
Cabinets must NOT be racked in any way during installation.
Cabinet doors with Barrel hinges should not be removed from cabinets during installation.
Check cabinet for squareness when fastening together and to the wall, visually monitoring door and drawer front "gap" to frame opening.
Final adjustment for proper door and drawer front alignment is the responsibility of the field installation crew.
Failure to comply with the above listed design and installation guidelines will void the cabinet warranty relative to the door and drawer front opening and closing operation.
Friday, June 26, 2009
The Estate Custom Collection is a new brand of cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Wellborn has been manufacturing quality kitchen and bath cabinetry for 48 years.
Paul Wellborn, President and CEO of Wellborn Cabinet Inc., states, "Our new Estate cabinet brand enters the custom market with unprecedented quality and service that Wellborn is known for. We are offering our dealers another level of style and sophistication to service your clientele."
"The foundation of the Estate Custom Collection is based on an all new, high-end cabinet featuring all wood construction with finishes interiors and premier hardware. The collection includes a wide range of traditional and full overlay door styles and features a new line of inset doors. The inset cabinetry offers both concealed and barrel hinges in multiple finishes with both beaded and non-beaded frame options. The Estate Custom Collection includes many stains and painted finishes that can be enhanced with a glaze and vintage effects. Estate delivers a unique range of high-end cabinetry for the distinguishing clientele", states Angela Wellborn O'Neill, Director of Marketing.
Estate Custom Cabinetry will be manufactured in Ashland, Alabama. Contact your Wellborn Sales Representative today about the new Estate Custom Collection.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
This is a recipe that is super easy. I cannot remember which cookbook I copied this from years ago, but it is still one of my favorites!!
1 (15 ounce) can black beans
1 big red onion
1 package cherry tomatoes
1 or 2 small ears of corn, steamed and cut off cob
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Mince the garlic, and chop the onion and cilantro. Drain the black beans and rinse thoroughly. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate.
Friday, June 12, 2009
This was a kitchen designed by Bill R for one of our Builders, JK Development, in McLean. The Cabinets are Mouser Custom Cabinetry, Beaded Inset, Plaza Door Style with the matching five-piece Drawer Front. The Perimeter is finished in a Natural Cherry with a Glaze. The island is a Black Painted Maple with a Rub Thru Distressing. The custom Habersham Wood Hood is a beautiful focal point over the Wolf range.
Some other features include double stacked cabinetry, wire & glass doors, two Fully Integrated Sub Zero 700 series refrigerators, and a fantastic design!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
If you purchase 3 to 7 cabinets, you will receive a rebate of $100. Purchase 8 to 11 cabinets and receive a $300 rebate. For the $500 rebate, 12 or more cabinets must be purchased.
It can take a little while to design your perfect kitchen, so call us to day to schedule an appointment so we can get started. We don't want you to miss out on this fantastic savings opportunity!
Medallion Calistoga Door in Vintage Morel finish.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
The easiest thing for you to do in order to prepare for your kitchen design meeting is to look at magazines or pictures of kitchens on the web. Save your favorite photos to bring with you on your first design appointment. That helps us to know what styles you prefer.
In your appointment, we will need to know some things about you and your current kitchen. You might want to give some thought to the following questions before your appointment.
What are the present problems with your current kitchen? Are your countertop areas too small? Is your refrigerator too far from the main work area? Is the lighting inadequate?
How many cooks use your kitchen? Are there children that help out in the kitchen? Are you left-handed or right-handed? Do you bake often, or make your own juice?
Do you want an eating area in your kitchen? Do you want an island you can pull barstools up to, or do you prefer a table?
These are only a few of the many things we will ask you in order to provide you with the best kitchen for you and your family.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Medallion Cabinetry is offfering a free sink base and sink for an order of 10 cabinets or more. They are also have a new promotion coming out this month, which we will announce soon.
Corsi Custom Cabinetry and Greenfield Cabinetry are also offering a discount on their cabinets.
We do not know how long these sales may last, so call to schedule an appointment today.
Friday, May 1, 2009
If you have recently submitted the form on our website and have not received a response from us, we sincerely apologize. The problem has since been repaired. If you have submitted a request recently, please resubmit one on our website, and we will promptly respond.