Kitchen Remodeling, Repairs, & Renovation
The next time you're making a pot of coffee, take a good look around your kitchen. Wouldn't more space, upgraded countertops, new cabinetry, and a kitchen island with bar stools make your breakfast a little better?
The 3Rs Construction & Remodeling team is here to perform beautiful, transformative kitchen remodeling for Salem, Oregon homes.
UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN TODAY
At 3Rs Construction & Remodeling, our expert staff is available to guide you from your kitchen remodel's design stage through its completion.
To start the process, meet with our remodeling specialists and discuss which products and styles you'd like for kitchen remodeling. Once we've established a clear blueprint of your new kitchen, we'll work with you to develop a construction schedule.
The last thing we want to do is inconvenience your family. You want an operable kitchen to cook meals in as soon as possible. We want to give you the kitchen you've spent so much time designing. We'll give you a realistic time-frame for our work, and you'll let us know an appropriate time for us to perform it. Our detail-oriented contractors work diligently to finish your kitchen on time.
Install LED under cabinet lighting, chandeliers, ceiling lights, recessed lighting, or add new dimmer switches.
Update your refrigerator, oven or stove, dishwasher, microwave, and range hood or add Smart Appliances.
Upgrade your sink, faucet, garbage disposal, pipes, water lines or water filtration system.
Why Choose Us?
Our Golden Rule is to do the job right, for a fair price, and make as many friends along the way as possible.
Just in case our work record and excellent reputation is not enough, 3Rs Construction is licensed, bonded, and insured. We are also members in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.
One of the most difficult questions we get asked. Every job is different and requires different materials and different levels of skill. It should not surprise you if the number is bigger than you expected; however, it's one of the best investments in your home and for your time that you can make.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #1: If a contractor gives you a price without looking at the job, even if it is a ballpark price, you should keep looking. No professional with any level of experience will offer you a price without knowing what it will really cost to do the job.
This depends a lot on the size of your kitchen and how extensive of a remodel you are having done. You should expect to be without your kitchen for a month or more. There are some cases we can put a new kitchen together in only a couple of weeks but that requires additional cost and a lot of pre-planning.
No. Keep in mind you will not have access to your kitchen, and a variety of people will come and go during the kitchen remodel. Most people set up a makeshift dishwashing station and a table with a microwave and a hot plate for preparing food somewhere else in the house. You will not be able to use the space or go through it in most cases, so plan ahead.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #2: If you've got a vacation scheduled or someplace you want to visit, that might be a great time to get away.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #3: be sure you plan ahead and have a way for your contractor to reach you in case any changes need to be made or surprises come up while you're away. You don't want your job to stop while they wait for you to reply.
Professional Design services are available; however, asking your contractor for help is always a good option.
No, there are some advantages to hiring a pro to help you with your new design; however, if you have been using your kitchen for a while, you already have a pretty good idea about what you like and what doesn't work for you.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #4: Your home should reflect your lifestyle, and no one knows that better than you. An experienced contractor will listen and ask questions to help you figure out what is best for you and your family's needs.
That is totally a decision you will have to make. As a rule, we don't recommend it because trends come and go, and most people don't want their kitchen to look out of date as soon as the next trend comes along.
Smart kitchens utilize wi-fi and cloud-based technology for appliances, lighting, climate control, music, entertainment, and even plumbing. All of these adjustable and adaptable features are designed to give you maximum comfort and flexibility to adjust the look and feel of your kitchen based on your needs at the moment.
Almost everything has a smart option available for purchase. An example would be a smart refrigerator that has sensors in the door to tell you if you are low on milk, eggs, and other items of interest. The appliance can notify you automatically or give you information on demand about the status and quantity of things in your refrigerator.
A very important consideration when designing a kitchen is the working triangle. It is identified by drawing a line from your sink to your refrigerator and to your stove or cooktop. Each of these lines becomes one side of the triangle. The distance between any of these items will impact how easy or comfortable it is to work in your kitchen. Once you've identified your working triangle, it will help you envision any changes you may want to make your workflow more efficient.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #5: Each leg should be 3-6 steps apart.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #6: Each of these fixtures should have a countertop on one or preferably both sides.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #7: There should be nothing blocking the path to each of these fixtures, i.e., islands or roll-away workspaces.
Leave a notebook on the countertop; next time you are making a meal think about the number of steps you need to make and how to make that more efficient. One client we knew set up a camera before making thanksgiving dinner and then watched the video back at high speed. It became instantly clear what changes could make her meal prep more efficient.
Lots of things can go wrong during a kitchen remodel, including dry rot damage, pest damage, and undersized utilities, to name a few. Be sure you review your contract and have that conversation with your contractor before the job starts. You both want to be clear on what the process will be when the unexpected happens. Outside of Christmas and birthdays, nobody likes surprises, and it's best to cover this ground in advance.
Kitchen remodels are one of the more expensive modifications to a home, and they last a long time. Frequency is entirely up to you; however, you should utilize materials, cabinets, countertops, lighting, flooring, and appliances that you will be happy with for at least 10 years.
There are a number of reasons people update or remodel their kitchens. Most of the time, it's because they were designed poorly and didn't work in the most convenient way. A modern kitchen with all of the updated appliances will save you a lot of time and increase the resale value of your home.
- Hire a qualified contractor.
- Think through and design your space.
- Schedule the work when you can be gone or during the least busy time in your schedule. Meal prep, clean up, and eating out will all take longer than you are used to.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #8: Ask your contractor to set up a time-lapse camera to watch your entire project take shape in front of your eyes!
- Not planning ahead
- Not planning around the "Work Triangle"
- Hiring a handyman or unlicensed contractor.
- Not asking for input or opinions on color combinations
- Not adding enough light
- Buying cheap cabinets
- Buying budget countertops or flooring
- Using tile with grout lines on countertops or floors
Yes, in almost every case, the kitchen is one of 4 primary factors considered in making the decision to buy.
There are a lot of great features available in cabinets today. Some of the most popular options are soft clothes drawers, hidden hinges, and fully extendable hardware on the drawers. The more real wood on the cabinets, the better. Many cabinets have wood faces, but the sides and backs are particle board. They are less expensive, but they do not hold up very well. Some people prefer the look of a painted cabinet. If that is your preference, be sure to get an acrylic or enamel paint that will wear and wash well.
Yes! Granite and other solid surface countertops are some of your best options because they can withstand heat and are hard to scratch or stain, making them ideal for meal prep and easy cleanup.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #9: A common mistake in ordering solid surface countertops is purchasing from a discount or second-hand dealer. Low-quality stone is not sealed well, and besides being hard to clean, it also can crack easily. Be sure your contractor is using quality materials for your countertops.
Here are a few things you can do to be confident you hired a professional who can do and deliver the finished kitchen that you want.
- Check with the CCB to confirm they are licensed and have insurance.
- Check their Google reviews. It's impossible to please everyone, so don't expect a perfect five. In fact, if they have all five-star ratings, look deeper to see how that could even be possible.
- Ask questions when you're meeting the contractor on site. You need to be very comfortable with whoever you hire since they're going to be in your home for an extended period of time. Do they seem competent? Will you feel safe with them in your house?
- Ask for a written quote. You should not have to ask because it's required by law in Oregon. The contract should include a price, payment terms, scope of work, and a grouping of informational sheets required by the CCB to help you be an informed buyer.
- Asking for references is a thing of the past. People are less willing to invite strangers to look through their houses. Google reviews are about as good of an option as you have to see what a contractor can do.
- Look at their truck and the way they present themselves. A contractor who insists on keeping things clean and orderly is likely going to treat your home the same way.
- Were they on time? If the estimator is not on time, you can expect the same with the project.
3Rs Construction Pro Tip #10: Once you have decided on a contractor, give them the benefit of the doubt. Trust your gut and keep the lines of communication open. That's the best way to get the best outcome for your project.
No. Buyer beware, there is no shortage of people who have worked in construction and believe they can do the job for you for less money. Here's a list of things you should consider before ever entertaining making that decision.
- What happens if something goes wrong? - Since they are not licensed or bonded or insured, you are on the hook to pay for anything that is damaged or needs to be redone. There is no accountability.
- What happens if someone gets hurt? - If the contractor or one of his friends working on the job gets hurt, you, as a homeowner, can and most likely will be responsible for their medical expenses. They will not have workman's compensation to help cover those costs.
- If permits are required, they will not be able to pull them, which means when you go to sell the house, you will be forced to tear down the repairs to prove they were done correctly.
- If they take the money and never show up, there is nothing you can do to hold them accountable.
- Working as a contractor in the state of Oregon without a license, bond, or insurance is illegal. If the person you are hiring to work in your house is willing to break that law, what other corners will they cut that you might not know about?
- Just because someone worked as an employee and knows a thing or two about construction does not mean they are anywhere near qualified to do the fine finish work and details required to build a beautiful and lasting kitchen.
If you are ready to get started, call 3Rs or your contractor of choice and set up a quote. All of us at 3Rs Construction and Remodeling wish you the best and hope you love your new kitchen!