Getting Started


Remodeling any space in your home is a daunting experience.  At Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, our experience has taught us that an open dialog with our clients, a transparent process and realistic expectations remove a lot of the fear, decrease the stress level and can make your kitchen, bath or other room renovation an exciting experience with a payoff you, your family and friends will enjoy for years to come.


So how to get started… the designers at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home offer these suggestions for a smooth process:

  • Gather your ideas and wish list together. Visit our project galleries and other websites, such as Houzz and The Kitchen & Bath Channel for ideas and the latest innovations
  • Determine a budget you can live with
  • Make an appointment with us to take your dream to the next level.

What to Expect

Any remodeling project in your home requires patience and preparation.  In a world without guarantees – we can guarantee you life will be inconvenienced any time there is renovation work in your home. We also guarantee that our experience has taught us to minimize the inconvenience.  In fact, we invite you to take advantage of the great tips we’ve put together for you.

  • In the weeks before the work begins, keep a list of all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to try.  When microwaved dinners get old, your list will come in handy for a quick escape!
  • Before the cabinets arrive – decide on a safe enclosed area for the cabinets and appliances to be delivered to. The garage is usually a good location.
  • Pack up the kitchen (or bathroom) well before the remodel. While it’s a great time to “spring clean” your shelves, don’t forget to label the storage boxes well. This will make the unpacking process a lot easier and a lot more fun! Items that are fragile should be marked accordingly and stored in an area away from the construction.
  • Plan a location outside of the area where the remodeling is being done to act as your temporary kitchen.
  • Cleaning supplies and dishtowels—don’t’ forget to keep out some of your dish towels and cleaning supplies.
  • If it’s a bathroom remodel, pretend you’re packing to go on a trip. Remember the hairdryer and curling iron!
  • Don’t forget about Fido & Kitty! If there isn’t an area in your home to keep them safely away from construction, especially during certain phases – it may be a perfect time to treat your pet to a vacation at the kennel or a play date at a friend’s home.
  • Decide in advance where you’d like the installers to store their tools.
  • Dust… there’s just no way to avoid it! If there is a fish tank or electrical equipment in close proximity to the work—remember to keep them well covered!
  • Don’t forget:
    • The fridge!
    •  You may be able to temporarily move everything you need… except the kitchen sink! Consider where your “water source” will be in relation to your temporary kitchen.
    • Microwave (and a freezer stocked with microwavable meals!)
    • In a fond farewell to your old kitchen, spend some time in it, cooking. Make family favorites and throw them in the freezer. We promise you… you’ll thank yourself later!
    • Coffee Maker (don’t forget to put the filters and coffee close at hand too!)
    • Utility utensils, such as: can opener, bottle/wine opener, sharp knives, and microwavable dishes
    • Toaster
    • Keep the basics handy: butter, salt & pepper, favorite spices
    • Dining area/table
    • Tell the kids you’re picnicking… use paper plates & napkins as well as disposable silverware.

The Process

Initial Showroom Design Consultation ( Designer / Client Interview )

  • Begin by answering as many questions as you can on the survey (click to complete the remodeling project survey)
  • Preliminary brainstorming, discuss your ideas, magazine pictures, and wish list
  • Review the design questionnaire if completed
  • Discuss your floor plan – if you have one
  • Discuss your plans for utilizing the space to be renovated
  • Discuss your budget for your project based on scope, home value, client goals, and cost estimates
  • Set a time for an in-home consultation

Initial In-home Consultation

  • Site visit made to client’s home for field visit and to measure the existing space
  • Our designer will look for potential problem areas (plumbing, Electrical, HVAC, structural)
  • Complete design questionnaire if not completed earlier
  • Confirm project budget and design goals
  • Sketch out project parameters: scope, timing and materials

Preliminary design presentation at showroom

  • Our designer will take your wants, ideas, scrapbook of ideas and mold them together with the space and budget to create your new space
  • Create floorplans, elevations, CAD renderings of your new space
  • Review preliminary design
  • Discuss alternative layouts and ideas
  • Review costs based on preliminary designs
  • Approve design retainer

Design phase

  • Release preliminary design perspectives for review and discuss possible changes
  • Produce new floor plans, CAD drawings based on any changes
  • Fine tune design with storage options, moldings, etc.
  • Order door samples in specific wood/finishes if necessary
  • Select cabinetry, finishes and materials
  • Discuss various options and related costs

Finalize to contract

  • Review all choices, design options, costs
  • Present a final “contract pricing” spreadsheet detailing all changes/options/ costs
  • Review timing and responsibilities
  • Confirm and sign contract


  • Final mechanical and electrical drawings are completed if necessary
  • Secure necessary permits
  • As the start date approches we will be in contact with you to discuss timing and responsibilites
  • Review the project and make any final decisions that havent been finalized
  • Installation process commences and is completed including the coordination of all necessary trades

The installation process and schedule varies with every project. During actual construction we keep our customers informed of how the schedule is progressing and if any delays or problems arise. Whether your project is in the kitchen, bathroom or other space, we are very sensitive to the fact that your life is turned upside down for the duration of the process—we make every effort to get you back to a normal situation as quickly as possible.


Finishing touches

  • Create and review a punch list
  • Finish the project to your satisfaction