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Everything You Need to Know About Remodeling Your Kitchen: An Interview with Steve Ruppel of A&B Construction

By Steve Ruppel

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

Our company was started eight years ago and named after our daughters, Alyssa and Britney. I have been building and remodeling homes for over twenty five years. In that time I have done everything from handyman to 1 million dollar remodeling jobs. Our company has had many great clients that continue to refer us to family and friends.

What are some of the services your company provides?

We offer a remodeling, additions, and new homes. One of the newest services we offer is CAD renderings. These are pictures of what your home will look like when we are done with your project. You can often see these on HGTV's remodeling shows. We have the same type of pictures. These are extremely helpful for clients. They help in seeing how new cabinets will look, the colors of walls, how a new addition will look from outside your home. We often hear "It looks just like the pictures" at the end of a job.

What are the pros and cons of the different floor materials?

There are alot of choices when choosing flooring. Hardwood feels warm and traditional, but may not hold up well under heavy traffic and pets. A wood laminate can look like wood and last longer. A porcelain or ceramic tile can give you a lot of choices in color and styles. Tile can feel cold or hard on your feet and knees. A floor warming product underneath the tile can help. Linoleum can be a good financial choice, and can be changed years later when you are ready for a new look.

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

A professional remodeler will help bring your ideas and wants into your design. Clients often have ideas and pictures of certain cabinets, countertops, or even colors of the walls. It's our responsibility to advise you how to bring these items together in your home. The CAD renderings have helped clients visualize this from the beginning of a project.

In your opinion, what are some kitchen elements that are worth the splurge? What elements are not worth the splurge?

If you consider what might make the largest impact on you. For a cook that may be a six burner cooktop, for a baker that might be two full sized ovens, for a large family that might be a large pantry or full sized refrigerator and freezer. A splurge can be what will have the lergest impact on you. The latest trend may not fit onto your life as much as it just looks nice.

What are some ways I can save money on cabinets?

When designing your kitchen it is important to be conscious of a budget. Clients can feel frustrated when you show them a rendering that is 40% over there budget. Flooring can range from just over $2.00 a square foor to over $20.00 a square foot. That difference can add up fast. Flooring is an item that can be changed later with little effect on the rest of the kitchen. Another item is lighting. A stock light my be $100.00 and a custom ordered light can cost more than $2000.00. An honest conversation with your contractor is very important. This is your savings you are spending, your contractor is there to make the best of it.

What are some ideas to increase the amount of storage in my kitchen?

Every kitchen is different, and so are the ideas to maximize space. It may be as simple as the new cabinets go all the way up to the ceiling, or using part of the coat closet for a pantry cabinet. Some are more complicated, like removing load bearing walls to open the space to an adjacent room.

What are the advantages/disadvantages of a gas stove versus an electric stove?

A commercial gas cooktop can provide fast heat to multiple pots and pans. That's why they use them professional kitchens. An electric flat top stove may not heat up as fast, but can save you hours in clean up time. The choice is in how you use your stove and kitchen.

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

The best way is via email at Steve@abconstructionmichigan.com. We often receive an email from potential clients first. I think people have become comfortable with this form of communication. We often include pictures of past jobs that may be close to there project. And we can always be reached by phone or text at 517-206-9291.

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