Recent Review: Wanted to wait a couple of weeks and allow the excitement of FINALLY having a functioning kitchen again wear off before posting a review. Bottom Line Up Front: The kitchen is great! Vernon, Beatrice, Oscar are awesome to work with, they are incredibly responsive, polite and truly desire to make sure you are satisfied. Any issues we raised were quickly addressed and rectified (there weren’t many). Our home was built in 1978 and last remodeled in 1978…So, there’s lots to do inside and out. Overall it was a real please working with BRC. Would we consider hiring BRC again? Yes. Would we recommend BRC to a friend? Yes. We purchased this home in Oct 2018, and hoped to start and finish some remodeling before our apartment lease expired on 25 December 2018. Met with Vernon (Owner) on 29 October, and received a quote two days later. We met with their contracted designer the week after. We didn’t break ground on our kitchen until Jan 2019. It took a while to get started with the build and that was a bit disappointing but, probably worked out for the best…Our disappointment with getting the project started was largely due to unreasonable expectations on our part and just the amount of time it takes for design and renderings to be completed. Let me also say that when we started the project with BRC we hoped to have our Kitchen and Master Bath completed on a budget of $45-50K. We ended up settling on the kitchen only for just under $50K (including design fees but, not including appliances). Since this is our forever home, we simply decided to do it right, and wait on the Bathroom. While our kitchen isn’t large, the entire footprint changed and every appliance as-well-as water changed location, walls and doors were opened/widened. Once we decided to do only the kitchen we include some extras that we didn’t originally budget for which drove the cost up a bit, those were; 600 sq. ft. of LVP flooring, 5 feet of base cabinets w/Tops (for a coffee bar), lazy susan, a farmhouse sink, and refrigerator panels to enclose the fridge. In the end, the work was fairly extensive and took 4 weeks from demo day to completion. Why tell you all this? Because remodeling a kitchen requires time and money, as we planned and searched for a contractor we had difficulty developing a realistic budget and setting reasonable expectations. Summary of work: Complete kitchen tear down and build, including an Island, moved plumbing and re-wired kitchen, opened wall to living room, widened two entrees, custom white shaker cabinets, quartz counter tops, white glass subway tile (backsplash), farmhouse sink, 600 sq. ft. luxury vinyl plank flooring (kitchen, eat-in, dining room), LED under-cabinet lights, 17 LED recessed lights, new pantry door, pantry lighting, paint, removed popcorn ceiling and retextured the entire kitchen. Design process: It’s complicated. This may sound bit negative but, I don’t necessarily intend it to be because ultimately we are quite happy with the design and end product! Vernon uses a designer not employed by BRC so, while you will pay a portion of design/renderings costs upfront (to BRC) you should expect to pay additional design fees directly to the designer as the project moves along; BRC is very open about this so you know this as you enter a contract with them. We paid $3,600 upfront for design and renderings (Kitchen and Master bath) and then received two additional invoices from the designer totaling ~$1,500. Total cost for design and renderings ~$5,100. The designer is really good! However, if you are looking to be very involved in that process you should temper those expectations a bit. When we first met her at the house I asked if she would be providing us a couple of options…Her response “I will give you the best option”. We’ll, if you are working with a hard budget you might not be able to afford the “best” option. She asked us to go online and send photos of kitchens we like, which we did. I think one of the things that bugged us most was, we weren’t really presented with finish options, just kind of shown what was selected for us. We’ve never worked with a designer before so, this may all be normal it just wasn’t what we expected. In all fairness, our budget was a factor and had she presented us with multiple finish options we may have settled on exactly what was chosen, after all the finishes were a lot like the pictures we sent her. She was very receptive to selections we absolutely didn’t care for (faucet and sink) and she happily provided us with other budget friendly options. Ultimately, she did deliver the BEST layout option and the finishes selected look great! Like I said it’s complicated and in the end, I have no doubt that once we get over the fact that our budget didn’t stretch as far as we would have liked, we are going to love our kitchen even more! What do we like most: - The cabinets! They are beautiful, high quality, so much storage. I told Vernon during our first meeting that I didn’t need custom cabinets. He told me “no, you’re getting custom cabinets”. I ended up telling him “thank you” at our final walk-thru because the cabinets are fabulous! Kudos, to Mike the cabinet builder and his crew of installers!! The photo's don't do them justice. - The flooring. I wasn’t initially interested in Vinyl plank but the designer suggested we go take a look at it, we did and were sold. It really looks lovely and wasn’t cost prohibitive to install at all. - The Design. Surprise! It really is ideal for the space. As time passes we are going to be glad we didn’t sacrifice on the design and we allowed the designer to give us the BEST option. - The BRC Staff – From the owner (Vernon) to the young man swinging a hammer…Kind, respectful, responsive, and most important quality workmanship. If something isn’t right they will correct it to your satisfaction. - The under cabinet lighting is fun! Multiple colors and changes color with music…who knew. Extras: Sensing some frustration on our part with how long it took to get to the build started, Vernon included a few extra’s: Hung a light fixture in our dining room, installed a new ceiling fan (13 foot ceiling) in our living room, and included a set of pull-outs in one of our 36 inch base cabinets.