Frequently Asked Questions

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is a multifaceted and detail-oriented process. There are many factors to consider and decisions to make, from cabinet style and color palette to prices and timeframes. Working with an experienced designer to plan and manage your project will ensure that it all comes together just as you envisioned. To assist you in getting closer to your dream kitchen or bathroom, here are a few frequently asked questions.

Why choose Cox Kitchens and Baths for your next remodeling project?

Experience matters.

Bob Gibbs, the president and lead designer of Cox Kitchens and Baths has decades of professional design experience. There is something to be said for the person in charge being an award winning, published, and industry-leading expert on the subject of kitchens and bath remodeling. It’s a tangible benefit that all of Cox Kitchens and Baths’ customers will enjoy, and with that as a guiding hand, you can rest assured that any work coming from Cox Kitchens and Baths will carry the standard of exacting quality that Bob has insisted on for so many decades.

Speaking of experience, there is another aspect of not to take lightly when considering picking a designer: the experience of vendors that produce custom products for your kitchen and bath. Cox Kitchens and Baths has been working with people like Quality Custom Cabinetry for decades, with relationships built on long-standing traditions of quality and trust.

Where to begin?

Begin by writing down what you want your new kitchen or bath to do differently and what are the issues with your current set up. Try to find photos in magazines that capture what you are looking for. Then contact the award-winning design professionals at Cox Kitchens and Baths to start making your wishes come true.

What information do I need to communicate with the designer?

It may help us with your project if you already have an idea of what you would like to change, what type of cabinets you like, what countertop materials you prefer, what flooring you picture, and what color scheme you envision. But if you have no idea about any of those things we can actually save you time and energy by being a one-stop idea shop.

Our showroom showcases many types and styles of cabinetry, flooring, countertops, fixtures, hardware options and design ideas.

Come in and get the creative juices flowing!
What if I don't know what I want?

Since 1950 Cox Kitchens and Baths has been helping homeowners make important decisions about how to improve their homes. So it is safe to say we can help you. Since we have heard so many traffic flow and space issues in the past 68 years, we can easily apply all of that experience to your remodel needs by making suggestions and recommendations that you may not have considered.

As our ads declare, “We are an advocate for our customers.

What questions should I ask before choosing a designer?

The most important thing to ask yourself is, “Do I believe that this designer can create my dream kitchen, bathroom, or living area?”

The way to figure that out is by asking prospective designers questions like these:

Do you like the drawings, displays and products they’re showing you?

Do they have the experience required for your project?

Are they certified designers?

Can they provide examples of their work?

Can they refer you to more than a couple satisfied customers?

Don’t be shy – pick up the phone and actually call the references. Ask about their experience with the designer. Whether good news or bad, most people are usually happy to be helpful.

How long will it take to remodel my kitchen or bath?

Project duration from initial meeting to finished remodel can vary drastically depending on the scale of the job. Cox Kitchens and Baths’ designers will take great care to create the perfect design solution for you before any cabinetry can be created. Once your drawings are approved the orders will be placed and the craftsmen will build your cabinets, which is a very exacting process and can take up to 12 weeks. During that time all other materials will be procured and mechanic’s schedules will be set in place to assure you get your job started and more importantly, completed when you desire.

A typical small scale bathroom project can take three months from initial meeting to completion. Whereas a large kitchen remodel that involves moving walls and additions can up to a year. For a better idea of what your project will entail, contact Cox Kitchens and Baths and ask one of our experienced designers for a better idea.

What is a typical return on investment for a kitchen remodel?

A typical return on investment for a kitchen remodel according to a Realtor Magazine 2005 report is between 84.8 percent and 98.5 percent depending on scale and budget. Good news is that for a major metropolitan area such as Baltimore, the return was much higher – in the 119.5 percent to 135 percent range, which greatly increases your chance of profiting from a thorough remodel.

How much will my project cost?

The single most asked question in our business. And one of the most important determining factors in your decision. And also a question that all of us at Cox Kitchens and Baths appreciate.

The bad news? That is an incredibly complicated answer to come up with. It takes some time commitment from both the designer and the customer to achieve and answer.

The great news? Since our designers will need to pick your brain and discuss material decisions, your price will be accurate. And, you will get to know your designer better as well as understand the proper flow of your design layout. You will also become more at ease since you know you are spending your hard-earned money in the most appropriate places. Our designers will indicate how to buy your kitchen and all its elements and materials with a trained eye on value, quality, and function.

When is payment due?

Cox Kitchens and Baths’ payment structure was established to make the work flow smoothly and to ensure the client feels safe and satisfied during the entire process.

We ask for 30% of the cost up front as a deposit on all the custom elements such as cabinets and countertops. Once all equipment and fixtures are delivered we will ask for 50% to begin the installation. And only when you are satisfied with the completed project will we ask for the 20% balance.

Have a different question? We would love to hear from you with any questions you may have.

To contact Cox Kitchens and Baths with any questions or to set up an appointment to speak with one of our designers call 410-296-4700 or send us a message.