Has kitchen design been on your mind?
Here we are near the start of autumn and we’ve been sitting in our homes since March. Okay, so we may have gone outside for a few backyard cookouts, but we know that cooler weather will soon be upon us and we’ll have to return to doing our cooking inside again. Right? Chances are all of those backyard dinners with family have made you start looking at our kitchens in a new way and you may have even thought, “I think now is a great time to re-do the kitchen!” You’re right! It is! And, in a pre-global pandemic world if you started by the first of September having a new kitchen to create a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner would not have been an issue – but not in 2020.
The problem is getting the supplies you need to craft that wonderful new kitchen. When the pandemic hit last spring, many factories were shut down. Getting raw materials and component parts from overseas became problematic. In a US economy focused for years on lean manufacturing and just-in-time inventories, all of the backlogs of critical items like sinks, faucets, knobs, and hinges have been used up. Getting supplies ramped back up and supplies on distribution shelves simply aren’t happening quickly. Nor can it. Gearing up production isn’t as simple as flipping a switch. Consequently, if you told your contractor today to start demolishing your existing kitchen (or bathroom) and had all of your designs done and permits pulled, in most cases, there is a 10 to 12, sometimes even 16-week lead-time to get the product. That puts the construction phase of the project squarely in the midst of the holiday season.
However, now is a great time to start putting those dreams you have to paper! Call up your favorite designer and grab your tablet and start sharing all of the pins to kitchen (or bath) ideas. In no time, you’ll have a wonderful set of plans for your dream kitchen and be ready to rock-n-roll on execution – it’ll just be a belated holiday present to yourself.
Reach out to Kuster Design if you’re interested in a new kitchen design.