At Different By Design, Inc. we will work with you to set a realistic budget based on your design ideas, or help you design your space around your budget. We can help you choose the best possible flooring, countertops, window treatments and more that fit your budget but still offer the design and features you are looking for.
The first step is contacting us to set up an estimate. We will measure and inspect your room to give you a proposal for flooring or countertops. You will have the chance to ask any questions or go over your concerns before we request a signed contract and a deposit for materials.
If we will install solid hardwood flooring, we will deliver the material about one week prior to the start of the job to allow the wood to acclimate. This reduces natural movement of the floors during the seasons. We will also need you to clear the area of all furniture and personal items before we arrive. Clear countertops and lift or remove window treatments to protect the fabric and give us a well-lit space to work. In the kitchen, the range and refrigerator will need to be moved out of the space.
After you order your custom countertops, expect about 14 days until delivery, if you are requesting common edge styles. It can take longer for more complex or large jobs.
Give us a call and a representative will visit you in your home with a selection of samples and colors. At this point, our representative can give you a written estimate based on measurements that include materials and labor.
Granite has a crystalline structure, so tiny spaces or pits between the mineral crystals are normal. You will not notice these pits on a large slab of stone as it is highly polished. Granite can also have natural fissures that look like cracks. These fissures are the result of the pressure and heat that formed the granite over millions of years, and they are not a defect. Consider these characteristics a part of the natural beauty of the granite.
The price of granite is based on supply and demand, and rare or more attractive colors will be more expensive. Stones that come from farther away and are only available in limited quantity will also be priced higher. The cost of the stone does not determine its strength; however, as some of the toughest stones can be very affordable while some of the most expensive stones can be fragile.
Installing a slab countertop is usually a four-hour job. Stone countertops in particular are very heavy, and our installers will need easy access. Please clear your driveways and walkways, and empty all drawers and cabinets. Granite installation in particular creates a great deal of dust. While our installers make all attempts to control this mess and clean up afterwards, it is important to cover items in your home. Be prepared for any faucets or other items that need to be drilled into your countertops. We cut and polish undermount sinks at the shop, but top mount sinks will need to be cut on site, as well as ranges and cook tops.
Full Service Design
Different By Design, Inc. is a unique full-service design center where we use current technology and visual tools to help you see the end result of your project before we start construction. Our design experts will handle your project from design through installation and help you through every step of the way to avoid any surprises in quality, cost or design. Along with extensive residential design services, we also offer commercial design and products. Whether you are a homeowner, designer, or contractor we work with the same attention to detail and level of care.
Different By Design, Inc. can help you not only with the right selection of cabinets, countertops, tile, flooring, lighting, and installation, as well as a variety of hardware and plumbing. In addition we offer assistance with design, accessorizing, and window treatments. Space planning can make a dreary room look new just by arranging furniture and accessories in the proper way.