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5 Tips on Your Kitchen Remodel Options: An Interview with David Blackhurst of West Coast Constructors

By David Blackhurst

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodels, room additions, patio and deck construction. I have over 35 years of experience in the construction trades.

Is there something that people can do before their remodel starts to help make the process go smoothly and make sure they end up with a kitchen they'll love?

The best advice I can give for people contemplating a kitchen remodel is to search websites or magazines to obtain an idea of materials and appliances they would like to incorporate in their project. Visiting new houses could also give some insight.

What are some of the main choices that a homeowner will need to make when they're remodeling their kitchen?

Some of the main choices to consider are cabinet door style and type of wood, fixture types and location, type of countertop such as granite or tile (or maybe a combination of both), type of flooring (tile, wood, linoleum), and the amount of lighting (recessed can, above or below cabinet lights, pendant lights, etc.).

What are the most popular countertop materials for people in Southern California?

I have found, for my jobs, the most popular countertop choice is granite or quartz. The granite gives a more random appearance, whereas the quartz is more uniform. One of the main advantages of a stone countertops is no grout to keep clean.

How should people decide on the type of new flooring to have installed?

I recommend tile or slate in kitchen and bathroom floors, not only because of the beauty but also ease of cleaning. The grout can be sealed to keep its new appearance.

Do you have any advice for how to make a kitchen stand out while maintaining your remodeling budget?

Some of the modifications I have found that make a kitchen stand out are recessed LED ceiling lights, under cabinet fluorescent lights, cabinet doors with glass inserts and interior lights, custom hood vents, tile backsplashes with custom liner or decos, a custom multi-level granite edge detail.

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