Remodeling can be enjoyable and fulfilling, but with so many choices to make and millions of possibilities, figuring out what you want can be daunting. Here are some resources to help you navigate your way through the process.
The best place to get ideas, bar none, is the Houzz
website. There you can browse or search through thousands of photos of projects from all over the country. You can search by keyword, so if you are looking for a drop-in tub for instance, you’ll get photos of hundreds of examples. You can save these to your Ideabook, which you can share with your contractor (Nueva!), designer or architect. You can also get ideas by visiting kitchen and bath showrooms and tile stores to see their displays or from remodeling magazines. Be sure to make clippings or snap a cell phone picture to share with your contractor or designer.
Cabinetry can either be custom made or purchased from a cabinet shop. Although custom cabinets are built specifically for your application, the semi-custom cabinets from a cabinet shop are highly customizable and the shop will help you with your layout.
Here are a few places to go for cabinetry, both manufactured and custom built.
Sweetwater Custom Cabinets, Rohnert Park, CA Tel: 707.584.7984
Michael Brown is an old school cabinet maker. His cabinets are beautiful and he does not compromise on quality. Sweetwater’s lower overhead Rohnert Park location allows competitive pricing.
The Village Collection creates high-end custom cabinetry and fireplace mantels for each project. They do beautiful work.
Gilman’s Kitchen and Bath, San Mateo Tel: 650.340.2890
Gilman’s carries several cabinet lines, each with dozens of variations and options. Contact CJ Lowenthal for a consultation.
Quesco Cabinets, San Carlos, CA. Tel: 650.595.8636 quescocabinetry.com Like Gilman’s, Quesco has multiple cabinet lines with dozens of variations. Talk to Claudia.
Decorative Plumbing, San Carlos, CA94070 Tel:650.592.3337 decorativeplumbingsupply.com Nice showroom, great selection, knowledgeable salespeople and reasonable prices.
Pacific Sales, Redwood City Tel: 650.381.7199
This is a one-stop-shop home remodeling superstore, with plumbing fixtures, appliances, bathtubs, vanity cabinets, even home theater. Not heavy on the expertise or customer service, but a lot of inventory and decent prices.
All natural Stone is a high end tile store with reasonable prices. Their selection is very large and their customer service is excellent. Please see Rosanna Marks and she will take very good care of you.
Check out the website for a location near you. Some of the locations have granite and marble slabs in addition to large tile selections.
San Jose Tile Stores, San Jose, CA
has a number of great tile places that you may want to check out including Porcelanosa, Bay Stone Depot, The Tileshop, Bullnose Tile and Otto Marble, among many others.
Cornerstone provides high quality pre-fabricated granite and quartz countertop material. Although with pre-fab, selection is somewhat limited and usually only standard bullnosed and mitred edges are available, if it meets your needs, it will save you money. Worth a look. Cornerstone also sells tile and plumbing fixtures.
The showroom is jammed to the gills and frankly chaotic looking, but the selection is excellent and the prices are good. Be sure to speak with Ricardo and mention that Jeff Cretcher sent you and he'll take good care of you.
San Mateo, CA Tel: 650.573.0646 lampsplus.com Large chain store with a good selection of decorative lighting.