Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs - Kitchen Design Questions - Why should I chose Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly to do my project?
The company has been in business over 30 years with 90 percent of our sales from client referrals, which is a real testimony to our commitment to performance. Thanks to our Long Island and tri-state clients, we are the #1 Wood Mode dealer in New York and #6 in the United States. Kitchen Designs has also been consistently ranked in the nation’s top 20 as a Master’s Club dealer for the last 20 years. Our team has won several NKBA Design Competition Awards, was ranked in the top 500 Remodeling Firms in the country by Remodeling Magazine, and was honored COTY Contractor of the Year. Our design blog was voted #1 in the top 10 Best Kitchen Design Remodeling blogs. Ken and Grace are members of the Blanco Design Council and have participated in blog tours and industry shows around the globe keeping abreast of and sharing the latest innovations in the kitchen industry. In addition, the Kitchen Designs team has been together for a long time handling every aspect of ordering, delivery, project management, and installation. We meet our clients’ budgets and are on schedule with our work because we have an efficient project management and installation procedure that gets all the components correct. Outstanding design is how we get everything right for our clients. Design gets us to the right budget without compromise, and design is why a client will love their kitchen every day. Kitchen Designs is always improving. Right now, we are expanding by bringing in new looks, new products, new displays, and increasing our showroom space.
How much will it cost to remodel our kitchen?
Kitchens are like most anything else that you purchase: the costs are entirely dependent on the price of the materials chosen and the complexity of the job. An industry rule of thumb is to consider 10-20% of the house’s market value when estimating a kitchen remodel. It is good to keep in mind that a remodeled kitchen is an investment that will increase the value of your home. We offer cabinetry at many different price levels to fit your budget and give you the best design within that budget.
How long will it take to remodel our kitchen?
Are your services limited to kitchens and baths?
Does Kitchen Designs handle the entire project, or do I find other contractors for the flooring, lighting and décor?
What if I want to purchase just the cabinets?
If I have a small budget, will you do my kitchen?
What’s the difference between working with an Architect or Interior Designer vs. a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer?
We work with allied professionals all the time; these are not mutually exclusive relationships. Usually an architect defines the general space particularly if an extension is involved, and we do the detailing and specific planning. Interior designers help select colors and style but don’t generally do the actual layout or drafting.
What is a CKD, CBD, and CR?
What brands of cabinets do you install?
What brands of appliances do you sell?
We are dealers of numerous appliance manufacturers, both built-in and free-standing; please refer to the products page in the client resources section of the website for a list of these manufacturers and brands. We highly recommend clients purchase their appliance package through us for several reasons. We offer highly competitive and often the lowest prices available for appliances. We do not view appliances as a profit center, we view it as an added-value service part of our business. We do it because it’s a win-win. It’s a win for both of us because we take the responsibility off of you, we give you the lowest price, and we control the ordering, timing, and delivery of the product. We also know that there will be no last-minute substitutions of a product that doesn’t get communicated to us that could potentially cause problems with the sizing or the installation.
What is a design fee, and why should I pay you for this service?
A design fee works to ‘reserve’ our services, assuring your priority and quality. The design fee is ultimately applied to the total cost of your kitchen remodeling project. The advantage to you in paying a design fee is that not only are a set of plans generated, but you are also hiring an expert design professional that will spend the time needed to educate you and give you all of the tools necessary for a successful design process. The details of the design fee will be discussed in the preliminary consultation phase. All fees are applied towards your project’s contract. We also offer a free in-store consultation to discuss your project.
Can I keep the design plans?
Throughout the design process, you will be provided with various drawings of your kitchen, which include detailed floor plans, perspective drawings, and elevations. All plans will be released upon signing your contract. If you would like plans to be released during the design process, than choose our Package 2 Option. All design retainers are credited to the cost of your cabinet purchase.
Can I get a ball-park price when I visit your showroom before paying a design fee?
Yes. If you are remodeling an existing space or building a new home, Kitchen Designs welcomes you to our newly expanded showroom. Upon your visit you will have an opportunity to see in person all of the cabinet lines and also meet our experienced staff. In regards to new construction, it is helpful to bring in your plans. If you are remodeling, bring in your room’s measurements and we can give you a rough idea what to expect. Read our blog post, “5 Tips to Get the Most Mileage From Your Free Kitchen Design Consultation.”
How long have you been in business?
Just over 30 years… We opened in 1982. Kitchen Designs is a family-owned business with a team of wonderful, dedicated professionals, and we’re very proud to be the No. 1 Wood-Mode dealer in New York and Number 6 in the country doing what we love to do! We pride ourselves on our unsurpassed reputation for client satisfaction and have been serving homeowners, remodelers, architects, interior designers, and builders on Long Island and in New York City and the tri-state area.
Do you provide cabinetry outside New York?
Yes, if you wish to order cabinetry for delivery only, we can ship throughout the United States. Depending on your location, we can offer you several brands available for shipping. Kitchen Designs has recently designed and shipped kitchens to Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, South Carolina, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Do you have references I can call?
Absolutely, we are proud that 90 percent of our business is from repeat and referred clients. We will be happy to provide you with names and references in your area. Click here for client testimonials.
Do you have any samples of your work?
Photos of our work can be found on the Galleries pages of our website. Here you will see our kitchens, baths, other rooms, design details, and videos. You can also see our work on YouTube Video Channel. When you visit our showroom, you will see 25+ room settings featuring an incredible display of design detail options. Clients often tell us that we have one of the nicest showrooms they have ever seen.
Do you offer special pricing for contractors or builders?
Yes, we do offer special pricing to custom builders and contractors. In fact we have people on our team dedicated solely to the trade. You can inquire about a trade account via our contact form.
What if I have an interior decorator I am working with, and I want you to design the cabinetry?
Kitchen Designs continually attracts notable architects, interior designers, builders, and contractors in the Long Island and metro areas. Our designers are uniquely qualified to work with your decorator, creating a truly collaborative effort in which each party brings their specific area of expertise to a project. Often our clients ask if we can refer an architect, interior decorator, or landscape designer, and we are happy to because the best scenario is when allied professionals work together as a team.
What if I just need a second opinion? Do you give advice only?
We would be happy to give you unbiased personal design advice, a second opinion, or even help with a DIY project. You can sign up for a 1/2 hour or hourly phone consultation with a high-end kitchen and bath designer experienced with all budgets. Phone consult pricing: Hourly ($200) and half-hourly ($100). In-store initial consultation is always FREE. Request phone consult via our contact form.
Visit our flagship showroom in Long Island’s Nassau County and discover why Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly has been the destination of choice for anyone looking for kitchens, baths, and other room cabinetry since 1982.
I cannot say enough good things about Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly. You are experts through and through. From the design phase to the end of the construction phase, you helped us with every single detail. Ken is a genius and completely transformed my kitchen. He found more space than I ever thought I had. Please extend my thanks to the office staff and field teams who were outstanding in managing …Read MoreMC, Greenlawn, NY
Ken and his superb team of professionals completely transformed our kitchen, dining and living room into a spectacular yet comfortable space. I wanted a “wow factor” when walking in, and he definitely exceeded my dreams. We tore down a wall separating the dining area from the kitchen while still keeping our exposed beams and pickled cedar ceiling, created a beautiful island (not to mention more counter space) …Read MoreHP, East Norwich, NY
Ken/Grace, Sitting in our beautiful kitchen space, I am so grateful for your design work and contributions to our project. We love the kitchen and the counters are gorgeous. It is a really lovely space and so much fun to cook in. I appreciate all your help putting everything together. Thank you for all your time throughout the installation process! We live in our kitchen and look forward to entertaining in the future. …Read MoreBB, Oyster Bay Cove, NY
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