San Marcos Kitchen Remodeling Project

Greyhound General has been busy with several kitchen remodels around the San Diego area. The latest project involved a home in San Marcos. Here’s what the kitchen looked like pre-remodel:

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Here are some of the details of this kitchen remodel:

  • remove non-bearing walls
  • installed a larger window
  • updated counter tops
  • updated cabinets
  • much more…

And the finished product? Check out the results of this kitchen remodel that was completed in only 20 days!

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If you’d like to learn more about Greyhound General’s remodeling services, or you’re interested in a free consultation, leave us a note here or call 800-568-7108.

How To Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

inexpensive kitchen remodelingRemodeling your kitchen can be expensive. In this article we’ll dive into a specific strategy for saving money on your next kitchen remodeling project. In fact, this approach will help you avoid even needing a complete kitchen remodel. That’s right, we’re offering suggestions so that you don’t have to pay us, but you just have to be realistic with your expectations.

One of the biggest tasks in remodeling any kitchen is replacing the existing cabinets. This obviously necessary because is most remodels the layout and dimensions of your kitchen are altered, affecting the positioning of the cabinets. Of course, nothing quite makes a kitchen “wow” you like beautiful cabinets (as well as nice counter-tops and stainless steel appliances).

If your kitchen is run-down, from the flooring to the lighting to the cabinets and even the overall use of space, then you really need to consider a complete kitchen makeover. However, if  the biggest issue is the cabinets, you may be better off simply resurfacing them.

Resurfacing your cabinets will likely only cost you about a third of the complete kitchen remodeling total, possibly more. Also, some of the cabinets built 20 to 30 years ago are more solid and durable than the prebuilt cabinets built today, making resurfacing an appealing option.

The work typically requires one or two craftsmen. You’ll start by removing doors and drawer fronts. You’ll want to “rough up” the face frames and side panels to get them ready for the new covering. The new finish can then either be nailed or glued over the old, with trimmed edges covering up the nail holes.

Then you’ll want to attach the new cabinet doors and drawer fronts, with new hardware on each of them. Your options for the finished look are: wood veneer, plastic laminates or rigid thermofoils (RTF). All have advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll want to talk to an experiences contractor or craftsman about each.

As we mentioned earlier, you need to weight your options with kitchen remodeling, determining what you want to improve and what your budget is. If you’d like to learn more about your kitchen remodeling options, and you’re in the San Diego area, talk to Greyhound General today, You can leave us a note here or call us directly at 800-568-7108.

4 Signs You Need to Remodel Your Kitchen

Home is where the heart is! For most people this saying conjures up images of family and friends gathering for a nice meal. Think of the last time you entertained guests, or even just prepared a nice dinner for your immediate family. Did you find yourself with limited space to do all the prep work? Did you have to look thoroughly to find additional space for your dishes? Or did you simply notice the worn down look our your kitchen? These are signs that your kitchen may be in need of a makeover!

Here’s a list of the top 5 signs you need to remodel your kitchen:

1) Cabinetry is Looking Rough: If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, and you have the original cabinets, I’m probably preaching to the choir. Wooden cabinets should reflect the overall look and feel of the kitchen. Sometimes you can get away with simply painting or staining your kitchen cabinets, but if you’re even considering replacing them then you need to think about overhauling the rest of your kitchen.

2) No Counter Top Space: No space to do your prep work? Have your counter-top appliances taken up all the working space? Has junk mail and other miscellaneous items cluttered the center island? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you’ll want to consider remodeling your kitchen. According to the National Kitchen &  Bath Association (NKBA), a Kitchen should have a minimum of 158″ (13 ft) of linear counter top space. BUT that’s just a minimum! You can try to move appliances around, and that might free up some space. Also, if you have a smaller-sized kitchen, but a breakfast nook and/or dining room, you might consider knocking down a wall or two to open it up. You’ll want to talk to a full service remodeling contractor who can review your design options.

3) Lighting & Flooring: Look up and then look down. Are you happy with what you see? Is your lighting and flooring showing its age? Old lighting can not only look bad, but it can cost you money! Newer, “greener” light bulbs can last up to 30,000 hours, whereas typical light bulbs only last about 900 hours. Furthermore, you can power 6 LED lights with the same amount of energy it takes to power one incandescent light bulb!

Check out your flooring. Are there any gouges in it? Are the edges, where the floor hits the base boards, showing age? Or is it simply old or unsightly, like linoleum? Sure you can simply replace the existing flooring, but if there are other areas of your kitchen in need of upkeep then consider a full kitchen remodel.

4) Outdated Appliances: Just like light bulbs have advanced to become “greener,” so have appliances. If you’ve owned your home for more than 10-15 years or more and you have the original appliances chances are they are, or are starting to become, an eyesore. Consider an energy efficient refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and oven.

Your kitchen is where your family and friends come together, so make your kitchen look its best, and save yourself some energy costs in the long run. Make sure you speak with a trusted home remodeling contractor that can help you with the design phase, as well as the remodeling phase. If you’re looking for a San Diego kitchen remodeling contractor then leave Greyhound General a message, or call us directly at 800-568-7108.

New Kitchen Remodel by Greyhound General

This latest San Diego kitchen remodeling project by Greyhound General features many new kitchen additions. This amazing new kitchen was completely remodeled in only 45 days. Th project included:

  • Re-engineered structural bearing points and altered framing to eliminate view obstructing wall
  • Installed new kitchen windows
  • Installed new cabinetry
  • Installed new granite countertops
  • Upgraded lighting