Remodeling your kitchen is a huge undertaking, but kitchen remodeling professionals and firms have made it easier today today than ever before. But, you may ask, where do you start? How do you know which kitchen contractor will have your best interests at heart? You might want to look for design/build kitchen professionals who are certified by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). This certification demonstrates a higher level of skill, knowledge, competence and industry experience than, say, other kitchen remodelers.
How can you tell if a firm or individual is certified? There are several ways to check. One way is to ask. The other is to look for these NKBA credentials that are routinely listed in kitchen remodeling brochures:
- Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD)
- Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD)
- Certified Kitchen and Bath Installer (CKBI)
- Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD)
- Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Educator (CMKBE)
Or, you might decide to go with a local kitchen design/build firm, comprised of professional kitchen remodelers who have been in the industry for several years and, therefore, have earned the public’s confidence. You can always find these kitchen remodelers listed online or in your Yellow Pages. You can also find good kitchen remodeling firms in commercial districts in your hometown. Usually, they have prominent displays, showrooms, and advertisements in local newspapers. Of course, you will want to ask around for recommendations on a good kitchen remodeler. Designing and building kitchens is a specialty and, therefore, demands a particular skill set and expertise. It’s important to take your time and find the one that’s right for you and your family.
Indeed, going with a local contractor over a large regional or nationwide brand will usually give you more personalized service and access to the principals of the firm. This means that the guys and gals who run the business will likely visit your kitchen remodeling job on a regular basis and troubleshoot problems that may arise during the course of the work.
Here are some award winning kitchen remodeling firms in Arlington, Virginia that can work with you to design and build the kitchen of your dreams:
Kitchen & Bath Factory, Inc.
4624 Lee Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22207
Hours: Mon-Friday: 10am – 6pm and Sat: 10am – 3pm
This kitchen remodeling firm is a local Arlington favorite. Family-owned and operated since 1980, Kitchen & Bath is centrally located on Lee Highway in North Arlington, minutes from Rosslyn, Cherrydale, Old Dominion, Country Club, Yorktown and Ballston neighborhoods. Kitchen and Bath offers no fee design consultation, and promises to meet your expectations and finish the job on time. Check out the showroom on premises, sure to be your favorite, too. Design services are also available, but must be scheduled.
5521 Lee Highway
Arlington, Virginia 22207
Telephone: (703) 536-0900
Hours: Mon-Friday 8am – 5pm
This firm kitchen remodeling firm also wins high marks from local Arlingtonians. Founded in 1985, Cook Bros. is a reputable design/build firm with your best interests at heart. If you want personal attention, Cook Bros. is the firm for you. Cook Bros. is also getting a second look for its expanding number of “green” projects.
Case Design/Falls Church
701 Park Avenue
Falls Church, VA 22046
Telephone: (703) 241-2980
Corporate: (800) 513-2250
Case Design/Remodeling is also a local favorite but a little bit larger than your typical mom and pop design/build firm. Since 1961, Case has helped homeowners create a new look for their homes. This company is licensed and insured, and is proudly affiliated with the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), among others. What separates Case from the rest is its “Kitchen Team” which is composed of 7 industry experts, several of whom are certified with CKBR (Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler), and all of whom are dedicated to bringing your project into realization, on time. Full service handyman services offered as well. Check out Case and you’ll have solid professionals on your side.
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