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Expert Design

Ikea kitchens design and installation | DC VIRGINIA MARYLAND

what people say

From beginning to end, the whole team at Expert Design were wonderful to deal with! From the moment I called for an estimate, Paula was extremely responsive and helpful. Although we already had a design in mind, she was able to assist us in finding the missing elements and locating sources for materials as well as design inspiration. She was also helpful in identifying the correct quantities of certain materials we should order, e.g. tiles. If we had not accepted their advice about sourcing of our countertop, we would likely have paid more for something not nearly as nice as the countertop we ended up with, and delivery would have taken a lot longer! When it came time to do the work, Marius and Selvin were terrific. They’re both extremely nice, friendly, courteous and professional guys, who were great to have in our home for the duration of the project. They worked solidly everyday, and always had great attention to quality of workmanship and detail, including with respect to areas that will remain largely unseen, e.g. under the sink. They even made some decorative adjustments to give our IKEA cabinets a more custom-built feel, which was a terrific bonus. They were also extremely patient in answering our questions or responding to requests, and creative in problem-solving the trickier elements of the installation. For example, our ceilings were too low for a traditional hood and chimney-style extractor fan, but they figured out how to install an under cabinet fan in a way that was both functional and sleek, despite the absence of an actual cabinet to mount it to. Thanks to their hard work and efficient countertop sourcing, the entire project took one week from start to finish – less than half of the time estimated by others – a huge bonus when having to live without a functioning kitchen in the meantime. They were also very respectful of our pets, making sure never to leave the outside door open unattended, and cordoning off the construction area with plastic sheeting to minimize the spread of dust or risk of our cats exploring by themselves at night. Would that all contractors were as professional and easy to deal with! Thanks to the whole team at Expert Design, we now have a beautiful, elegant, and functional kitchen that we will enjoy for years to come. We would use them again in a heartbeat, and have no qualms about recommending others do the same!
Description of work:
Demolition & removal of old kitchen, installation of: IKEA cabinets; quartz countertop; sink, disposal & shut-off valves; new stovetop extractor fan; shelving; new ceiling lights and under cabinet lights in kitchen, as well as new lights in areas attached to kitchen; replacement ceiling fan; new dedicated circuit for microwave; replacement of wall outlets and switches; tile backsplash; vinyl sheet flooring; and Rev-a-shelf appliance lift.

- John Kirkpatrick

A quirky custom home goes from ’50s time capsule to modern family getaway

Q: DID YOU INSTALL THE KITCHEN YOURSELVES?
Siobhan: No, the thought of install was terrifying. We called Expert Design Kitchen Cabinets Installation. They were awesome, and the counsel they gave me on the design was invaluable. There are little tricks, such as ordering extra filler panels to ensure spacing, extra parts needed to do a drawer microwave, pieces they include but you don’t actually need. It was the kind of inside advice that saves you money and saves them hassle.

●The cabinets are Ikea Perfekt Abstrakt in gray, with white engineered-quartz countertops.

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- So proud, our company Expert Design mentioned in Washington Post

“We have had the pleasure of working with Paula and Marius on three projects in our home and we could not be happier with the outcome. They have the ability to take the ideas in my head and bring them to life in my redesigned rooms. I can be very particular and they took the time to make sure I was happy with each and every selection from the tile, to the design, to the fixtures and colors. The quality of the work is amazing and all the little details are attended to including some features they included that I had not even thought of. They will work within the budget you give them to create a beautiful, designer end product. I will definitely use them for future projects!”

- Christine and Dan Stout

“Paula and Marius are a great team to work with – they listen to what you are looking for, and they offer amazing ideas on design and function. They are very flexible in how much design guidance you want: they let you take the lead if you have particular ideas, they offer up varied ideas as you go along, or they will take complete charge when you don’t have an opinion. And their finished work is beautiful. They collaborate with you, and their ultimate goal is to have you love what you have created together.”

- Nancy & Greg Andersen

“We are extremely happy with their work.They were priced correctly, they were on time, and it was really obvious that they were true professionals. We would recommend them for the job with our fullest confidence.”

- Rodney and Tonya Harpe

“Paula and Marius’s work is amazing. They took the time to “do it right” where a lot of contractors would have cut corners, and just put lipstick over existing problems!  That kind of work ethic is hard to find.  We’d recommend them for any job! They are highly skilled, creative and trust-worthy!”

- Michelle and Rob Saylor

“EXCEPTIONAL work. Amazing attention to detail. Meticulous in lining up cabinets, backsplash, lighting, trim. Perfect lines in the painting and wonderful work with patching and repairing walls and ceiling. They made the selection and did the installation of the granite and it’s stunning, just perfect!! Incredibly easy to talk to. On time every day. Always working when I got home from work. Immediate attention to any issues I had with no attitude. Great guidance in choices for backsplash, granite, electrical plate covers, faucet…. They essentially took care of everything. Cleaned up each day….although prepare, no matter how much you clean up, redoing a kitchen, patching & repairing walls/ceiling is messy work, lots of dust. They left the place in beautiful shape. They worked the day before & after Thanksgiving and got the entire job done in an amazing 13 days with a few touch ups the following day. It far, far, FAR exceeded my expectations. It’s an added bonus that Paula and Marius, designer/worker/owner are just incredibly nice and super hard-working. They’re talented and extremely professional. I HIGHLY recommend them.”

- Mike Triangle and Joe Puzzo

“We absolutely love working with Paula and Marius of Expert Design.  Marius is a meticulous craftsman and Paula is a talented designer – both are passionate about perfection!  The unbeatable quality and value, coupled with the personal touch and attention you would only expect of friends, has us coming back to them again and again.  They first bailed us out on an Ikea kitchen installation that was spiraling out of control with the commercial contractor Ikea works with.  Upon completion of our gorgeous kitchen, we learned that bathrooms are their true passion.  We soon brought them back to complete a small basement bathroom that went from shoddy DIY (previous owner) to HGTV perfection!  Since then, they completed the main upstairs bathroom (from builder’s grade boring to designer WOW!); reconfigured and refreshed the basement laundry room, including a custom sauna!; and replaced our unsightly basement drop ceilings with drywall and contemporary pot lights.  They will soon redo the master bathroom remodel (by a large commercial remodeling company) that doesn’t hold a candle to their work.  Expert Design is a one-of-a-kind operation that gives you affordable quality with a personal touch.”

- Sybil and Paul Schneider