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Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Kitchen: An Interview with Russell Golde of RI Carpentry Services

By Russell Golde

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

My company is primarily involved in remodeling kitchens and baths with a preference towards high end work. I got my start 30 years ago doing residential remodeling. Eventually moving to work as a subcontractor doing frame and finish for a local builder. Finally as the housing market changed, I returned to remodeling, taking with me a wealth of knowledge from many years in the business. One important thing to note is that I personally perform the framing and finish of every job. I do not use help for finish because it is impossible to control the quality of the work.

What are some of the services your company provides?

We can provide remodeling of any residential space as well as additions, garages and decks. The biggest demand seems to be updating kitchens and baths.

Can you walk us through the general kitchen remodeling process?

A kitchen remodel usually begins with a trip to a cabinet retailer. Some kitchen remodels will be a straightforward swapping of cabinets and counters, some require extensive remodeling. At the start a decision will have to be made as to the extent of the kitchen remodel. The demo of walls and ceiling, if necessary, should begin when the cabinets are ordered so the room can be ready when they arrive. Removing the plaster from the studs and ceiling will allow access to plumbing and wiring which makes it easier to update wiring and move fixtures. While everything is open, the electrician and plumber come in to do their work. After the inspections are complete the walls and or ceiling are plastered. The cabinets can now be installed. The counter is now ready for, it usually will be ready to install in two weeks. While waiting for the counter we can move on to other parts of the job such as trim work and flooring. This process can mean being without a kitchen for three weeks. One way to ensure things go smoothly is to have your color scheme, fixtures, tile and flooring all picked out and any special order items in hand when the project starts.

How is a contractor typically paid?

Most contractors give a price for specified work and charge for extra work not initially specified. This is fine for smaller, well defined jobs, however on larger jobs I prefer an hourly charge and the materials are covered by the client. I find this to be the best since people that use me repeatedly have no issue with my work ethic.

What are the advantages of working with a professional when remodeling your kitchen?

Hiring an experienced professional that specializes in what a homeowner needs done is essential to a smooth running remodel project. Drawing on years of past experience all while being mindful of the latest building products and techniques, the pro remodeler can better think on his feet when encountering unforeseen issues. The pro remodeler will have professional subcontractors to provide the services he knows to be of the highest quality.

What is the best way for people to reach you and your company?

The best way to reach RICarpentryServices is to email rgolde@ricarpentryservices.com and relay contact information and the type of project a person is looking for help with. Often times I am in areas with bad cell reception or I am too busy concentrating on the task in front of me so most calls go to voicemail.

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